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42nd Street Architecture Walking Tour of New York (3 Hours)

Context Travel

New York City, NY United States

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Mar 2019

42nd Street Architecture Walking Tour of New York (3 Hours )

New York City, NY United States

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



Join a local architect, urban planner, or historian for this in depth, 3-hour tour of the iconic buildings of New York’s famous 42nd Street thoroughfare.

On this small group exploration of Midtown Manhattan, we will delve into the evolution of the city’s architecture, from the late 19th century through today. Starting in Tudor City at 2nd Avenue, we’ll proceed down 42nd Street to Times Square in the company of an architecture expert and long term New York resident. We will discuss the varied roles the street has played in the last two centuries, from a gated community and commuter hub, to the red light and theater districts. We will learn the visual language of such architectural movements as Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and the International Style as we study the exteriors and interiors of iconic structures like the Chrysler Building, the Daily News Building, the Ford Foundation, Grand Central Terminal, and the New York Public Library.

Along the way, we will discuss the city’s rapid expansion northward during the first half of the 20th century, the key role Midtown played in this, and how Manhattan’s built environment continues to evolve today. Since our group is small, there is plenty of time for questions and dialogue throughout the tour.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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By: Joe C

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
Travel Advisor:  Donna Peacock
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington