A Week of Walks, October 18-24


New Yorkers, please join me for a Week of Walks with Alissa Walker October 18-24, as I lead you on six different urban adventures based on City Walks Architecture: New York, recently published by Chronicle Books! All walks are free and require no advanced reservation, simply show up at the denoted time ready to walk (and look for Alissa, holding up a copy!). All tours include a complimentary serving of gelato or ice cream, plus all attendees will receive a coupon good for a discount on City Walks Architecture: New York. See you on the streets!

Sunday, October 18
A World of Tomorrow in Queens: Space-Age Adventures for Pint-Size Walkers/Pre-Walkers
Sponsored by Core77

Bring the kids (and strollers) for this walk as we wander through the fantastic structures left behind by the 1964 World’s Fair. We’ll be joined by World’s Fair enthusiast and designer Andrew Sloat who will tell us about the ongoing work to preserve the New York State Pavilion. We’ll also see the Unisphere, Queens Museum of Art (with the Panorama of the City of New York and newly-restored 1939 relief map of the New York city watershed), and we’ll end at the New York Hall of Science for a round of Rocket Park Mini Golf ($6 for adults/$5 for children 6+) (sorry no golf in the rain!) to see the Charles and Ray Eames-designed Mathematica exhibition for IBM and astronaut ice cream.
1pm Meet at Willets Point Blvd – Shea Stadium Station [7], Queens
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Monday, October 19
Sustainable Skyscrapers: Times Square Goes Green
Sponsored by Worldstudio & SVA MFA in Interaction Design
Join Alissa and a group of special guests, including Glenn Weiss, manager of public art and design for Times Square Alliance, as we learn about the reactive interiors and intelligent materials that make up the Bank of America Tower and six more of the city’s greenest buildings. We’ll find out how this unlikely corner of the city is going green, from low-energy LEDs to pocket parks in closed streets. Then we’ll head to SVA’s Interaction Design HQ for a gelato reception and eco-friendly refreshments.
6pm Meet outside the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park (corner of Sixth Avenue & 42nd Street)
8-9pm Reception at SVA MFA in Interaction Design, 132 W 21 Street, 6th floor
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Tuesday, October 20
Official Release Party at Jen Bekman Gallery & Rising Lower East Side Walk

Sponsored by ForYourArt
Join us at Jen Bekman Gallery for drinks, carb-loading and and Hosang Park’s photography, then stroll through the ever-changing Lower East Side with special stops at the New Museum, Red Square, Tenement Museum, Storefront for Art & Architecture and more. Then we’ll head back to Jen Bekman Gallery for special autumn-in-New York inspired flavors of gelato from il laboratorio del gelato. Purchase a copy on-site and Alissa will sign your favorite neighborhood!
Meet at Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring Street
7-8:30pm Walk through the LES
8:30-9:30pm Gelato reception at Jen Bekman Gallery
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Wednesday, October 21
The Brooklyn Bridge Before Breakfast
Sponsored by Chronicle Books

Don’t miss this brisk early morning walk over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan to see New York rising in all its glory. And gosh darn it if we don’t find some breakfast ice cream on the other side. We’ll be finished by 8am, just in time for you to head to work.
7am Meet outside the High Street Station [A/C], Brooklyn
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Thursday, October 22
Broadway Skyscrapers: How New York Got High
Sponsored by The Architect’s Newspaper
Pack a picnic (or grab something along the way) for this one-hour lunchtime walk that starts at Bowling Green Park and marches up Lower Broadway, revealing the Gossip Girl-worthy back-stabbing backstory behind the battling buildings (and architects) who attempted to keep topping each other during the skyscraper race of the early 1900’s. Then we’ll picnic in a park since it’s supposed to be sunny and nearly 70 degrees!
12pm Meet outside the Bowling Green Station [4/5] , in the middle of Bowling Green Park (near the fountain)
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Friday, October 23
Midtown Modernism: Design Writing and Design Walking
Sponsored by SVA MFA in Design Criticism

Wear your Mad Men finest for this evening walk to see some of the city’s modern masterpieces, as Alissa narrates with excerpts from reviews of each building that were published at the time of completion. Includes the “Slaughter on Sixth,” MoMA, Lever House, Seagram Building and a few lesser-known/secret spots, followed by Gordon Bunshaft-approved martinis and Mies van der Gelato.
6pm Meet in front of the Time & Life statue at the Time-Life Building, 1271 Avenue of the Americas (if you miss us at 6pm, walk over to MoMA, 11 W. 53rd, by 6:30pm and wait for us there).
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Saturday, October 24
The High Line: A Rail Good Idea
Sponsored by GOOD
A leisurely stroll up New York’s public space pride-and-joy, the converted railway corridor now known as The High Line, recently named to the GOOD 100 as one of the people, projects or places changing our world. We’ll also be gawking at the spanking-new architecture sprouting up around New York’s “Starchitect Row,” followed by gelato in the shape of Frank Gehry’s InterActiveCorp Building. Kids absolutely welcome!
11am Meet at the southern terminus of the High Line, at the corner of Gansevoort & Washington, rain or shine (bring an umbrella)!
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Lost? Left behind? Raining? Canceling? Wanna meet the tour already in progress? Simply check my Twitter updates or send me a message at @gelatobaby

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