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"Downtown: Where New York Began" Tuesday Tours

Municipal Art Society

Year Round

111 West 57th Street, Manhattan
The address above is MAS' office. For this tour, meet at the Downtown Information Center, 55 Exchange Place, Suite 401.
Downtown — its history, architecture, art, and its fascinating denizens. Tour include Federal Hall, the U.S. Stock Exchange, Trinity Church, Fraunces Tavern, U.S. Custom House, and Bowling Green.

Tips:
The tour is about one and half hours.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Suggested donation is $10.
Ticket info:Adults, please bring photo ID. Click here to learn more about other MAS tours throughout the city.

Good for:All
Times:Tuesdays, 12:30pm
Phone:(212) 439-1049
Website:www.mas.org
Founded in 1893, the Municipal Art Society of New York is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization "fighting for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy."
Phone:(212) 935-3960
Parking on site:No
Limited parking available depending on tour.
Bathrooms:No

Bartow-Pell Guided Mansion Tours

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Year Round

895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx, New York, Bronx
19th Century national landmark building and grounds houses examples of 19th century furnishings and decorative arts set among nine acres of serene gardens open year round. A carriage house on the property provides a look into the running of a country estate pre-automobile (and is open from April through October). 
Fees:All
Ticket prices:Adults $5, Seniors/Students $3, children under 6 Free Grounds are free.
Ticket info:The Museum will not be open for guided tours during the afternoons on Dec 11-12 when the tours are replaced by The Bronx Arts Ensemble Holiday Concerts at 1pm and 3pm.
Good for:Children
Mansion tours may not be for very young children.
Times:Tours are held Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 12-4pm Tours begin at a quarter after the hour and are approximately 45 minutes in length.12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.
Hours:Grounds open daily, 8:30am-4:30pm Regular tours of the mansion are Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 12pm-4pm
Website:www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org
Phone:(718) 885-1461
Subway:#6 train to Pelham Station, transfer to Westchester Bee-line #45 to the first stop.
Bus:Westchester Bee-line #45 to the first stop.
Other:By car, exit the Hutchinson River Parkway or I-95 at City Island/Orchard Beach. From I-95, merge onto Shore Road. Follow 1.1 miles over drawbridge and straight to traffic circle. From Hutchinson River Parkway, follow exit ramp ½ mile to traffic circle. Bear left ¾ of the way around traffic circle to Shore Road North. Follow Shore Road North 4/10 miles. Enter stone gates on the right.
Parking on site:Yes
Bathrooms:Yes
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Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

Year Round

2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Near 182nd Street and Bronx Park South.
This is the largest metropolitan zoo in the country and it is a gem! Over 4,000 animals, including rare and endangered species, are cared for in this 265 acre state-of-the-art wildlife conservation park. The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Bronx Zoo are making an aggressive effort to reduce the zoo's carbon footprint. The Bronx Zoo is at the cutting edge of re-engineering their entire facility to a more “green” environment with new eco-friendly exhibits, buildings and intra-zoo transportation. While you are here, say hello to James Marjani, the giraffe calf who is getting to know his territory at his mother's side.

More information on the special holiday celebrations at the Bronx Zoo  will be available on ChristmastimeIn.com.  The zoo has plans for its annual Presents to the Animals plus ice carving demos, reindeeer exhibits, a toy and coat drive and great holiday shopping (at the zoo or online) in December.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Adults $16; Children 3-12, $12; Seniors $14. Free admission to all on Pay-What-You-Wish-Wednesdays (donations welcome). Special rides and attractions are an additional fee ($4-6).
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Winter hours at the zoo: November 1 , 2010 through April 1, 2011 hours are 10:00am - 4:30pm. Through October the Zoo is open until 5pm weekdays; 5:30pm weekends and holidays. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Website:http://www.bronxzoo.com/
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. To make a donation in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, go to www.wcs.org/donation
Phone:(718) 367-1010
Subway:2 or 5 train to East Tremont Ave/West Farms Square. At street level, walk straight ahead (follow train uptown) on Boston Road 2 1⁄2 blocks to the Zoo’s Asia Gate entrance (Gate A).
Bus:Bx9 or Bx19 buses to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd, the Zoo’s Southern Blvd pedestrian entrance (Gate C). The BxM11 express bus between the zoo and Manhattan makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then directly to the zoo’s Bronx River entrance.
Train:MetroNorth’s Harlem line to Fordham, then take the Bx9 bus eastward to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd. pedestrian entrance (Gate C). MetroNorth's Hudson line to University Heights, then take the Bx12 east along Fordham Road into Bronx Park and zoo entrance.
Other:For driving directions link to http://www.bronxzoo.com/plan-your-trip/directions.aspx
Parking on site:Yes
Cars $13
Bathrooms:Yes

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Year Round

900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
A superb and manageable garden (52 acres) outing with warm and exotic indoor holiday plants. This is a living museum, demonstrating that plants are essential to life.

Tips:
Grounds are free to walk weekdays from November to mid-March.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Adults, $8; Seniors (65 and over) and Students 12 and over (with ID), $4; Children under 12 free.
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:November 1st - March 8th: Tues.-Fri., 8am-4:30pm: Weekends and holidays: 10am-4:30pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays except public holidays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Website:http://www.bbg.org/
Phone:(718) 623-7200
Subway:2, 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum; Q train to Prospect Park, B Train to Prospect Park (weekdays only)
Bus:B16, B41, B43, B45, B48, B71. Visitor entrances are on Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.
Parking on site:Yes
Limited on-site parking is available in the patrolled lot at the rear of the Museum. The fee is $3 for the first hour, $2 each additional hour, maximum $12.
Bathrooms:Yes
At the Visitor Center and Steinhardt Conservatory, both near Washington Avenue.
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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Year Round

42nd Street at 6th Avenue, Manhattan
Entrances on 41st Street, 6th Avenue and 42nd Street.
Now a midtown favorite, Bryant Park has undergone a major transformation and is filled with gravel paths and green chairs, where you can enjoy a lunch with friends, have a walk or just sit and relax. The park is right behind the New York Public Library. Bryant Park hosts a free ice skating rink, holiday shops and food purveyors entertain from morning to night once the holidays get rolling.  A perfect midtown oasis.  Ice skating continues until late February.

Tips:
Excellent restrooms at this mid-town park.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Website:http://www.bryantpark.org/
Subway:B,D,7 to Bryant Park station. N,Q,R,S,1,2,3 to Times Square station which is one block west of Bryant Park.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 down 5th M5,M6,M7 up 6th M42, M104 along 42nd St
Parking on site:Yes
The Holiday Shops of Bryant Park recommends these nearby lots and garages: Central Parking Systems, 25 W. 39th St, 212-382-3872 Champion Parking Inc., 31 W. 37th St, 212-944-7196 Edison Parking East, 136 W. 40th St, 212-221-9827
Bathrooms:Yes
NYC's favorite public bathroom has an attendant, fresh flowers and adequate supplies. Located in the northeast corner of the park towards the NY Public Library.
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