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Tenement Chic on the Upper East Side

  • Meet on the SW corner of First Ave and 81st Street New York, NY, 10028 United States (map)

The architecture of the Upper East Side evokes mini mansions and extravagant townhouses along the "Fifth Avenue Gold Coast," but it is the richly ornamented side street tenements that housed the working and middle class residents of the neighborhood. Admire the beautiful botanicals, mythical beasts, garish grotesques and ornate cornices that richly adorn otherwise drab 19th century tenements.

Join urban historian Barry Feldman, our architectural specialist, as he shows us this ornamentation, and discusses the technology that allowed these innovations.

This tour is co-sponsored with the Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts.

tickets will be an additional $2 when purchased on the day of the tour