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Sunday, October 13, 2013

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To celebrate Columbus Day, you're invited to a special immigration tour on

Sunday, October 13, at 4pm, "From Farmland to Five Points," a look at the multiple,

overlapping immigrants who've called the Lower East Side home.


Our new book, Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries

of New Yorkers (due out in the spring), focuses on this area of the city from multiple different

perspectives. On our walk, we'll look at

how people as different as Peter Stuyvesant, Alexander Hamilton, Calvert Vaux, Jacob Riis,

Lillian Wald, and Martin Scorsese -- all

subjects of the new book -- saw the area in their own time periods.


The walk will be about two hours. If you reserve from now until

Tuesday, October 8, the cost is just $15 per person. Reservations taken

on or after Wednesday, October 9, will be $20 per person.


Come experience this neighborhood through new eyes.


To reserve: email info@insidetheapple.net with your:

Number in your party
A cell number where we can contact you in case of emergency.

(Our general rule is to tour rain or shine, but we want to be able to be in touch with in a

timely manner in case of inclement weather, so please do include a phone number.) 


You can pay by cash only at the start of the tour.

If you cannot make this date and time, the tour is, of course, available for private bookings. Email us and we'll set something up for you & your group.

Copies of Inside the Apple will be available for sale and signing.

Hope to see you there!


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Friday, March 27, 2009

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at The National Arts Club

We had a standing-room-only audience for our celebration of the release of Inside the Apple and New York City�s 400th birthday.

Using period illustrations, vintage prints, and modern photographs, our illustrated lecture traced the story of the city from Henry Hudson�s arrival in 1609 to the present day.


Photos of this event are now online on the Inside the Apple Facebook page.




Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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at The New York Historical Society


We presented an illustrated talk at New York�s oldest museum, sharing some of our favorite stories from Inside the Apple with a particular focus on the people and places associated with the New York Historical Society and its Upper West Side neighborhood.


Photos of this event are online at the Inside the Apple Facebook page.


The lecture was filmed by C-SPAN2 and shown on �Book TV� on May 30 and 31. Click here to watch it online.



Sunday, April 19, 2009

at 4:00PM

A Walking Tour of the Flatiron District

followed by a Book Signing at

Idlewild Books

On this tour, we examined the history and mythology of such well-known landmarks as the Flatiron Building and the Empire State Building. Was the Flatiron New York's first skyscraper? Did they really try to moor dirigibles to the Empire State Building? We also looked at lesser known figures, like politico Roscoe Conkling and General William Jenkins Worth, sharing stories unknown to many native New Yorkers.

The event was sponsored by Idlewild Books, an independent travel bookstore on West 19th Street, where we ended for a signing and reception.



Thursday, April 23, 2009

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at The Fraunces Tavern Museum


The neighborhood surrounding Fraunces Tavern is steeped in New York history from the earliest traces of Dutch New Amsterdam to World Trade Center redevelopment. We presented an illustrated lecture to a full house that told the story of the city using the streets of Lower Manhattan as a backdrop.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Walking Tour of Morningside Heights

in partnership with openhousenewyork

Best known for its major institutions, such as Columbia University and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Morningside Heights is full of intriguing historical architecture. In our tour, we examined remnants of its bucolic past as the site of the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum through the development and growth of Riverside and Morningside Parks and the establishment of the schools, hospitals, and churches in the late 19th century that give the neighborhood its character.


Photos are now online at our Inside the Apple Facebook page.



Sunday, June 21, 2009

at 5:00PM

Walking Tour of Financial District architecture in conjunction with Borders bookstore at 100 Broadway.


Despite the rain, an enthusiastic crowd turned out for our tour of the architecture of the Financial District. Focusing on such well-known buildings as Trinity Church and the New York Stock Exchange as well as often-overlooked gems like the Trinity Building and the old U.S. Custom House on Wall Street, the tour covered centuries of New York's history in just a few significant blocks.

Photos are now online at our Inside the Apple Facebook page.



Sunday, August 16, 2009

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Walking Tour of Revolutionary War New York in conjunction with Borders bookstore at 100 Broadway.

We had a gorgeous day and a big turnout for our tour of sites associated with the American Revolution and the early Federal Period. Thanks to everyone who came!



Sunday, September 13, 2009
A Knickerbocker�s Tour of New Amsterdam

As part of the celebrations of Harbor Day�the official commemoration of Henry Hudson�s arrival in New York Harbor in 1609�James led tours of Dutch New Amsterdam, emphasizing his own roots as a Knickerbocker New Yorker (a descendant of the first Dutch settlers). One group even got to see the Crown Prince of the Netherlands.



Monday, October 5, 2009
Lecture on Inside the Apple
at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Tenement Museum�s visitor center to hear us share stories from Inside the Apple and take questions about New York�s history.


A portion of the talk is now up as an audio file on the Tenment Museum�s website at http://www.tenement.org/vizcenter_events.php



Sunday, October 11, 2009
Walking Tour of the Flatiron/Gramercy Park area for

The highlight of this tour was a stop inside The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park. Originally built as two townhouses, the homes were bought by New York�s Governor (and 1876 Presidential candidate) Samuel J. Tilden and unified into one home by Calvert Vaux (half the team that built Central Park). We visited Tilden�s parlors and library.



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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at St. Theresa�s Church, Kihei (Maui), Hawaii


James addressed the Italian-American Social Club of Maui with a talk entitled: �1892: Christopher Columbus & the Making of Modern America.�

built Central Park). We visited Tilden�s parlors and library.



Sunday, March 28, 2010

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at Borders, Columbus Circle

We led a 90-minute tour of the lower portion of Central Park, discussing the park�s creation in the 1850s and some of its outstanding architectural features including Tavern on the Green, Sheep Meadow, and the Mall.����



Sunday, May 2, 2010

at 4:00PM

Walking Tour of the History & Architecture of the Upper West Side in conjunction with Borders bookstore at Columbus Circle.

In May, we returned to Borders, Columbus Circle, to lead a free walking tour of the part of the Upper West Side just outside their front door. Participants learned about the history of Columbus Circle, walked up Broadway to Lincoln Center, and saw some great residential architecture, too.



Sunday, June 27, 2010

at 4:00PM

Walking Tour of the Historic Heart of Greenwich Village
in conjunction with Shakespeare & Co.

On Sunday, June 27, at 4:00 p.m., a group braved the heat to join us at Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers in Greenwich Village for a one-hour walking tour of the heart of this historic neighborhood.



Sunday, May 22, 2011

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Talkback and Q&A following the matinee
performance of One-Third of a Nation at the

As any New Yorker knows, one of the greatest challenges of living in the city is making the rent. And it probably comes as no surprise that this has been the case for a very long time. The Metropolitan Playhouse�a wonderful, small theater company in the East Village that is dedicated to exploring the forgotten nooks and crannies of the American theatrical canon�invited us to join them at a performance of the WPA-era play One-Third of a Nation, an exploration of landlords and tenants throughout New York�s history.


One-Third of a Nation was written in 1938 by Arthur Arent as part of the Federal Theatre Project�s �Living Newspaper� unit. The Living Newspaper was designed to create jobs for out-of-work journalists, actors, and other theater professionals by telling stories that were �ripped from the headlines.� Though the narrator reminds the audience early on that this isn�t a specifically New York story, the action takes place exclusively in the city, beginning with a devastating tenement fire at 397 Madison Street, then taking the audience on a multimedia journey through the city�s housing history. The play was the Living Newspaper's biggest success and versions were produced around the country.

*** Read the reviews in The New York Times and Backstage. ***



Sunday, April 29, 2012
The House of Mirth
at the Metropolitan Playhouse


On Sunday, April 29, we joined director Alex Roe and the cast for a special talkback following a performance of Edith Wharton�s seldom-seen adaptation of her own novel, The House of Mirth. The play tells the story of social climber Lily Bart who is torn between her desire for money and her attempts to navigate the treacherous waters of New York high society in the 1890s.


The play debuted on Broadway in 1906 (just one year after the novel became an overnight success) and masterfully condenses the action of the book for the confines of the stage.



Sunday, October 14, 2012

at 4:00PM

Walking Tour of the Architecture of SoHo,
Little Italy, and Chinatown


This walking tour that explored the rich architectural heritage of New York�s immigrant districts, covering such diverse topics as the rise of the cast iron department store, the City Beautiful movement, the aesthetics of tenement building, and 19th-century urban planning. Architects whose work we saw include Stanford White, Richard Morris Hunt, and Calvert Vaux.



Sunday, April 28, 2013
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Walking Tour West Chelsea


James led an excursion through historic West Chelsea, encompassing everything from early 19th-century houses to industrial buildings and factories (including the birthplace of the Oreo). The walk finished up on the High Line.












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