Upper West Side North Walking Tour
Boarded by Central Park to the east and Riverside Park to the west, this two and half mile neighborhood - a 'powerhouse' of shuls, schools, and Jewish culture - boasts of some of the most exceptional residences in NYC, exemplifying Beaux Art, Art Nouveau & Art Deco architecture.
Urban Historian Marty Shore will explore the area from w. 86th to W. 96th Streets.
Highlights include a guided tour of the JEWISH CENTER, (1918). This Neo-Classical, Modern Orthodox site was the first in the US to feature a pool and recreational space. Its founding rabbi was the controversial Mordecai Kaplan.
Other world-renowned synagogues discussed include Ohab Zedek, Shaare Zedek and B'nai Jeshurun. We will view the (former) homes of Zero Mostel, I.B. Singer and Lee Strasberg. This tour will also include a view of one of the original Upper West Side mansions, built in the height of the 'glory days' of Riverside Drive, circa 1890. We will hear the history of the distinguished families who lived in the Rice Mansion, and how it came to be the UWS location of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim.(a.k.a. Yeshiva Ketana of the UWS).