Upper West Side -South



During the 1930’s a significant number of Jewish refugees escaping Europe moved to Manhattan’s Upper West Side to join an already diverse community.  Bordered by Central Park on one side and Riverside Park on the other, this 2.5 square mile neighborhood has some of the most outstanding 19th century row houses in New York City, and contains a wealth of history and architectural styles


This walking tour begins with a guided viewing of the sanctuary at Congregation Shearith Israel (commonly known as The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue) – the oldest congregation in North America, founded in 1654.  This magnificent palatial site features stained glass windows designed by the Louis Tiffany Studios. 

Also stopping outside The Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and the Westside Institutional Synagogue.

Accompany your guide Marty Shore, Urban Historian, whom you might already know from his beloved Jewish Harlem tours, to focus on the southern portion of the Upper West Side discussing this neighborhood’s architectural heritage, buildings representing Beaux-Arts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, among others.

Explore the vibrant testament to the range and diversity of Jewish life; religious, educational and cultural, nourished by the freedoms and can-do spirit of New York City.

Lori Weissman