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Wednesday, February 28 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Art and Architecture of the New York Subway System : A Guided Walking Tour - SOLD OUT

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Website: http://anthonywrobins.com

New York couldn’t function without its vast labyrinth of a subway system, but art and architecture? Who knew? Yet from the beginning, the people who planned the subway’s construction considered it, in words actually written into the contract, a "great public work" worthy of attractive design, even of "beauty." Neglect on the one hand and renovation on the other have taken their toll, but the subway is still a place of art and architecture – from the stations and the power houses and the rolling stock, to the furniture, the signs, the maps, and even the advertisements. On this tour, we will ride the rails from the Battery to Midtown, and consider the three major phases of subway design: the original 1904 IRT, designed by Heins & LaFarge, the Dual Contracts extensions of the 'teens, and the modernistic Independent Line that opened in 1932 – with a peek at a ’70s redesign by Philip Johnson.

CBS listed this tour as one of "The 5 Best Art Walks In New York."

Author, lecturer, and tour leader, Anthony W. Robins has been guiding natives and visitors to the city’s wonders of steel and stone for more than twenty-five years. Anthony W. Robins researched and wrote Subway Style: 100 Years of Architecture and Design in the New York City Subway (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2004) issued by the New York Transit Museum on the 100th anniversary of the opening of the IRT. In 2017, the Guides Association of New York City honored him with the "Guiding Spirit" award.

Directions: Meet the Tour Wrangler at the designated meeting point near the Registration Desk, Promenade West, on the Hilton Hotel's second floor at 12:30 PM to travel together by subway. Tour participants are required to buy a loaded Metro Card in advance of the tour, so that the tour can remain on schedule. Trip travel will cost $8.25.
Accessibility: Please note that this tour requires a substantial amount of walking.

Maximum Participants: 29
Administrative Fee: $36

Wednesday February 28, 2018 12:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Hilton: Promenade West