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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
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Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society

Year Round

128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn
At Clinton Street.
Visit the nationally renowned urban history center to soak up all things related to Brooklyn’s rich and varied history.

Tips:
First rate walking tours called “Brooklyn Walks and Talks” will make a fun outing. These bus tours sell out quickly. For instance, the December 7th tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is sold out already (early November). More tours will be available in the spring. Email kroode@brooklynhistory.org for more information.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Adults, $6; Seniors 62 and over, $4; Students 12 and over (with ID), $4; Children under 12 are free.
Ticket info:www.brooklynhistory.org/visitor/calendar.html
Good for:All
Hours:Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Website:www.brooklynhistory.org
Phone:(718) 222-4111
Subway:#2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; A, C, F to Jay St/Borough Hall; M, R to Court St.
Bus:Bus: North – South: B 38, B52, B25, B26, B41 to Montague/Court Street East – West: B 67, B65 to Jay Street From Manhattan: B51 City Hall to Court St. /Cadman Plaza WEEKDAY SERVICE ONLY
Parking on site:No
There is limited on-street parking in the neighborhood as well as several garages: Manhattan Parking, 40 Clinton St., between Pierrepont and Cadman Plaza West; 300 Cadman Plaza West, between Clinton and Pierrepont; and Ulltra on Montague between Clinton and Court.
Bathrooms:Yes
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Central Park Visitor Center and Gift Shop at Tavern on the Green

Tavern on the Green

Year Round

Central Park West at 67th Street, Manhattan
The trendy restaurant Tavern on the Green is no more but you can still get a bite to eat or visit the gift shop. The historic Tavern on the Green building has been through many transformations through the years. It was home to Central Park's flock of sheep and their shepherd until the 1930s, when it was converted into a restaurant. On Oct. 15, 2010 the building became the Tavern on the Green Visitor Center & Gift Shop, run by the Central Park Conservancy while the City works to return a permanent restaurant to the location.

Four mobile food vendors will be set up on the outdoor terrace, including Ladle of Love, Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, Rickshaw Dumpling Truck and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream.

Located in the Park at West 67th Street, the new visitor center is near Strawberry Fields, Heckscher Ballfields and Sheep Meadow.   You can find informaiton about Central Park and Citywide information on tours, attractions and events plus shop for gifts, apparel and other Central Park souvenirs.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Times:Open daily, 10am-5pm
Hours:Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch plus afternoon team and pre-theater Special holiday hours and seatings. (Holiday reservations must be made via telephone and are not accepted via the website and are accepted two months- no sooner- before each holiday.)
Website:http://www.tavernonthegreen.com/index.asp?headinfo=home
Phone:(212) 873-3200
Subway:#1 to 66th Street/Lincoln Center station. Walk east to Central Park West and enter on 65th. A,B, C,D to 59th Street/Columbus Circle station. Walk north on Central Park West and enter on 65th.
Bus:M10, M20 along Central Park West
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:Yes

Fifth Avenue Shopping

Fifth Avenue

Year Round

59th Street to 39th Street, Manhattan
Starting at 59th Street, head downtown where most of the great stores you are thinking of are between 59th Street and the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. Don't forget Lord & Taylor at 39th Street.
Your wallet may not recover, but this is the heart of New York City shopping with a mixture of world-class designer brands and exquisitely tricked out shop windows.  A detour east to Madison Avenue will pay dividends at FAO Schwartz on 58th Street.
Starting at 59th Street at The Plaza Hotel and walking south down Fifth Avenue, you can visit Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Fendi, Escada, Henri Bendel, The Disney Store, Godiva, Gucci, Fortunoff, NBA Store, Cartier, Versace, Saks Fifth Avenue, American Girl Place, Build-A-Bear Workshops and Orvis. A must see is the Lord & Taylor window display, a little farther downtown at 39th Street.  Bergdorf Goodman and Saks also have great window displays.
Fees:Free
Good for:All
Hours:Most stores open at 10am and have extended holiday hours.
One of the greatest shopping addresses in the world.
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:No
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Guided Tour of Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center

Year Round

West 62nd Street to West 65th Street at Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Manhattan
The David H. Koch Center, formerly the New York State Theater, is between West 62nd and West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue. Avery Fisher Hall is also on Columbus Avenue at the corner of West 65th Street. The Metropolitan Opera House is between the New York State Theater and Avery Fisher Hall, right behind the fountain. The Remson fountain has reopened in the plaza's center. Some areas of Lincoln Center remain under construction and there are pedestrian walkways with signage to guide you to your venue. Lincoln Center frequently updates its "Transforming Lincoln Center" information. Go to lincolncenter.org and look for the link to construction news.
Tours gather at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.
The tour gives you a look at how it all works and maybe even catch a rehearsal.  Learn more about Lincoln Center’s iconic landmarks—including the Revson Fountain, the newly transformed Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House—which have been showcased on Sex and the City and in movies like Moonstruck and Ghostbusters.

Go behind the scenes at venues where a spectacular range of artists have performed, including Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, Renée Fleming, and Bruce Springsteen.

Each tour is unique, and you never know what might happen. You might sit in on a rehearsal, walk out onto a stage, or meet a star.
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:Adults $15. Seniors (ages 65+) / Students (under age 30, with valid ID) $12, Children (ages 6–12) $8
Ticket info:Go to LIncoln Center Guided Tours for updated information abd additional tour times for the week you are in town. Reservations are recommended.  Call 212.875.5350 for schedule, availability, and reservations or email tour_desk@lincolncenter.org
Good for:All
Not recommended for very little children.
Times:10:30am and 4:30pm plus extra tours during the holiday season. (Check site link above for this week's tour times.)
Hours:Box Office Information: Open Monday 10am–7:30pm, Tuesday–Saturday 10am–8:30pm, Sunday 11:30am–7:30pm. All Lincoln Center events can be booked via TeleCharge, 212-239-6200.
Phone:(212) 875-5350
Website:http://www.lincolncenter.org/
Lincoln Center, NYC's most famous performance space for performing arts is completing its major overhaul providing a friendly and inviting space to enjoy the season. Lincoln, the new restaurant is now taking reservations.
Phone:(212) 870-5570
Subway:#1 local train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station. Lincoln Center provides the following information: "the entrance to the downtown subway station on Columbus Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets remains closed. Downtown subway access is still available at 66th St. and Broadway. Entry to the underground concourse from the subway remains closed."
Bus:M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 stop within one block of Lincoln Center.
Parking on site:Yes
Lincoln Center Quik Park Garage is right on the Lincoln Center campus. It is accessible from west 65th Street and West 62nd Street, depending on which direction you come from. Please note these spaces fill up quickly, so call ahead to reserve a spot. Call CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 or TTY 212.957.1709.
Bathrooms:Yes
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