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New York Architecture Walking Tour

New York Architecture Walking Tour
New York Architecture Walking Tour


  • This tour is offered by Context Walks. Context are committed to giving their guests a deeper understanding of the cities that they visit. All their tour groups have limited numbers and are led by a local academic expert.
  • In addition Context Walks are committed to the principals of sustainable tourism and part of their profits go to maintaining New York’s cultural heritage.
  • Your guide will take you to see much of the most iconic NYC architecture including the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station and the NY Public Library.
  • Choose between a private tour or a small group tour which operates with a maximum of 6 people


Discover the history that lies behind iconic architectural marvels of Manhattan on this rewarding New York walking tour that traverses one of the world's greatest thoroughfares, 42nd Street.

Stretching from the East River to the Hudson River and cutting through the heart of Manhattan, 42nd Street features major monuments of American 20th-century architecture from the Beaux-Arts Grand Central Station to the Art Deco Chrysler Building to the new skyscrapers that highlight a famous – and transformed - Times Square.

Accompanied by an expert in the field of architecture, you will visit places like Tudor City, Ford Foundation, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and more.

Available in private and small group (max 6 people) tour options, choose what suits you best and discover New York’s architectural gems.


This New York Walking tour is available in two options: group and private. The tour starts from the lobby of the Tudor Hotel at 304 East 42nd Street.

This three-hour walking tour traverses one of the world's greatest thoroughfares, 42nd Street, to help you understand the architecture in New York City.

The walk is led by a tour guide who is either a practising architect or scholar of architectural history, and aims to give both an overview of the architectural history of the city and the fantastic ways that the human and built environments collide.

Begin your walking tour at the East River in the hidden residential enclave Tudor City. With the distinctive United Nations Building and spectacular views as a backdrop, get introduced to the architectural history of New York.

Continue on East 42nd Street, home to several important structures, from the glass and concrete Ford Foundation Building, to a trio of skyscrapers that epitomize Art Deco style: the Daily News Building, the Chanin Building, and the famous Chrysler Building.

Grand Central Station, a magnificent Beaux-Arts structure, is visited outside and inside to discuss the vast spaces and history of this temple to transportation.

Just two blocks away, another Beaux-Arts building, Carrère and Hastings’ New York Public Library, offers sumptuous exterior decoration and interiors for a different purpose.

The next stop is Times Square, where 42nd Street converges with Seventh Avenue and Broadway. Here, your tour guide will discuss the history of this fabled intersection, its "red light" past and its recent metamorphoses to a center of international media.

Next, visit restored early 20th-century theaters between Seventh and Eighth Avenues and learn about the establishment of the area in the late 19th-century as New York's Theater District.

Crossing Eighth Avenue, your walking tour ends with Raymond Hood's McGraw-Hill Building, a bookend – and counterpoint – to his Daily News Building at the east end of the street. This structure, with its tiling and horizontal bands of windows, was the only New York building included in Hitchcock and Johnson's landmark 1932 publication, The International Style, and ushers in a new style of sleek modern skyscraper that has come to define the city's architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

The tour ends at the New York Times Building on 41st and 8th.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Group tour:Tuesday & Friday
Private tour: Monday - Friday


3 hours

Start time

Start time:
Group tour:10:00am
Private tour:10:00am or 2:00pm
Duration: 3 hours

Meeting point

The tour starts from the lobby of the Tudor Hotel at 304 East 42nd Street, which is at the corner of 42nd St. and 2nd Avenue.
Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time..

Ending point

The tour ends at the New York Times Building on 41st and 8th Avenue

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  • English-speaking practicing architect or scholar of architectural history


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off


Good walking shoes are recommended. Wear a hat and carry drinking water. Don’t forget your camera

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Please note

The tour starts from the lobby of the Tudor Hotel at 304 East 42nd Street, which is at the corner of 42nd St. and 2nd Avenue. The nearest subway stop is 4, 5, 6 Grand Central Station. You can also reach Grand Central by transferring to the S train (grey - shuttle) from the N,R,W,Q,1,2,3,A,C,E lines at their 42nd Street stops. Specfically, we meet inside the lobby, on the gray couch located in the third bay in front of the restaurant
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with your tour guide, please call the local activity operator so that the message can be relayed to the tour guide.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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