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Sunday September 14
World Trade Center Memorials: A Walking Tour & Ferry Ride
Join Justin Ferate as we discover an array of memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center disaster. Included will be the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Plaza on the site of the former World Trade Center towers. The Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers. More than 400 trees surround the reflecting pools. The design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.
In addition, we will view an array of other memorials and monuments – from St. Paul’s Chapel, where the rescue endeavors took place, to the Firefighters’ Memorial Wall, to the memorial cross at St. Peter’s Church, to Eleven Tears – the rock crystal memorial dedicated to those American Express workers who lost their lives in the disaster. The tour will end with a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to visit what Justin considers to be the best of the World Trade Center memorials: Postcards, an intimate, haunting shrine-like memorial shaped like two postcards caught in the winds…messages to those we’ve loved and lost.
Sunday September 21
Upper Manhattan: Inwood & Historic Dyckman Farmhouse
Join Tour Leader Justin Ferate and discover the rich palimpsest of history in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood. The area’s rugged glacial formations along the Hudson and Harlem Rivers encouraged numerous Native American encampments. Generations of New Yorkers reported having found arrowheads in the rocky cliffs. Here, Peter Minuit would “purchase” Manhattan for 60 guilders in what remains the only remaining natural forest in Manhattan. Here, Hessian soldiers created huts to weather the winters during the American Revolution. Here is the oldest farmhouse in Manhattan – a reminder of Manhattan’s Dutch settlement. Here, the elite families of Manhattan would build grand country estates on rugged stone cliffs. Here, handsome 20th century apartment buildings would spring up along the far-reaching subway lines.
WHILE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Some may want to discover the brand new Swindler Cove Park after the tour.
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Sunday October 5
Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT
THIS SPECIAL TOUR IS LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE.
Philip Johnson's Glass House was an extremely important and influential project for Johnson and for modern architecture.
The Wolfe Walkers have arranged for a special guided 3/4-mile walking tour to view the buildings and the site’s pastoral landscape. In addition to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, we will enjoy access to four structures designed by Philip Johnson, including: the Glass House (1949), the Painting Gallery (1965), the Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995). We will also have the opportunity to view two temporary exhibitions: Night (1947–2015) and Fujiko Nakaya: Veil.
Our 2:45 PM luncheon will be at Chef Luis in downtown New Canaan.
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Sunday October 19
“Frankfurt-on-the-Hudson” – Jewish Washington Heights
This very unusual comprehensive tour – conducted by Shulamith “Shuli” Berger from the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy – will focus on the distinctive history and contemporary Jewish community of Washington Heights. Shuli is the Curator of Special Collections at the Yeshiva University Library and a Washington Heights resident.
Our tour will begin on the campus of Yeshiva University. The inauguration, in 1928, of an imposing Moorish Revival building on Amsterdam Avenue (architects Charles B. Meyers and Henry Beaumont Herts) finalized YU's relocation from the overcrowded, impoverished neighborhood of the Lower East Side to the then bucolic Washington Heights. We will tour this dynamic, urban campus.
Making our way west, we will view the major facilities of K'hal Adath Jeshurun, (1939) – known locally as “Breuer’s” – a unique German-tradition kehilla (centralized religious community) on Bennett Avenue. We will discuss the legacy of Rabbi Sampson Raphael Hirsch who, in 1851, founded the original kehilla that bore this name in Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany. After Kristallnacht (November 10, 1938) Rabbi Hirsch’s grandson, Rabbi Dr. Joseph Breuer, came to Washington Heights and revived the spiritual traditions on these shores.
Our tour will also include Mount Sinai Jewish Center, an Orthodox Ashkenazi congregation that includes, along with its older long-time members, many congregants in their 20s and 30s.
Our next stop will be Chabad of Washington Heights, the most recent addition to communal life in Washington Heights. We’ll then take a possibly unexpected elevator ride to the top of the bluff to Bennett Park. Built on the site of Fort Washington, from which the Continental Army delayed the advance of British troops in 1776, the park was named for James Gordon Bennett, Sr. – the newspaper publisher who launched the New York Herald in 1835. Bennett Park is located at the highest natural point in Manhattan.
Tour concludes with viewing of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, founded in 1906 and housed in a dramatic Art Deco building. For those who want to end the tour with a “nosh” – Justin will make a special post-tour stop at Gideon’s Kosher Bakery !
Sunday November 2
Spuyten Duyvil on the Hudson
The bucolic Bronx country village of Spuyten Duyvil grew up after the Civil War. Here, Isaac G. Johnson established a highly successful iron foundry on the parcel of land where the Hudson and Harlem Rivers converge. Washington Irving contended that the name “Spuyten Duyvil” was derived from the Dutch. Irving recounted a legendary tale of Peter Stuyvesant's trumpeter, who vowed to row across the dangerously choppy waters "in spite of the devil."
Discover the charming wooden cottages that survive from historic Spuyten Duyvil along with some of the prominent landmarks, both natural and man-made. Included in this often wooded stroll will be the romantic Villa Charlotte Bronte, an exquisite stone and half-timber country church by Francis Kimball (with noteworthy Tiffany windows), and Henry Hudson Park with its 100-foot Doric column topped with a 16-foot bronze sculpture of Henry Hudson by the noted 19th century sculptor Karl Bitter. The explorer Hudson is permanently poised to overlook the river that bears his name.
DON'T FORGET DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!
Sunday November 16
Long Island Estates – from the Vanderbilts to the Guggenheims
Visiting two meticulously preserved historic summer mansions of Long Island provides a perfect way to experience the Gold Coast lifestyle of luxury and opulence in the era of “The Great Gatsby.” Join tour leader Justin Ferate as we visit Eagle’s Nest, the former home of William K. Vanderbilt II and Falaise, the former home of Harry F. Guggenheim. Our luncheon will be at Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille. Situated on beautiful Manhasset Bay, the restaurant’s magnificent location serves up a panoramic view of the New York City skyline and Long Island Sound.
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