On Saturday I'll again be conducting the tour that I did about a week ago as part of OHNY. But this time it will be backwards, meaning it will start at Union Square Park and snake its way up towards Madison Square Park, ending at Van Alen Books. Details from the Van Alen Institute events page are below ($5 suggested donation); be sure to RSVP for the tour if you're interested. The bookstore also has a lot of events happening this week, including a brown bag lunch with John Tauranac (New York from the Air), Nicholas de Monchaux (Spacesuit), and Thom Mayne (Combinatory Urbanism).
Saturday, October 29
2:00-4:00 p.m. John Hill
Contemporary Architecture Walking Tour
The last decade's building boom in New York City gave rise to a host of new and cutting-edge residential, corporate, institutional, academic, and commercial structures designed by big names and up-and-comers alike. This walking tour, starting at the northeast corner of Union Square Park, next to the Comfort Station, highlights recent additions to the area east of Broadway roughly between 14th and 23rd Streets. The approximate duration of the tour is two hours, and it is about 2.5 miles in length, so please wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour is led by John Hill, architect, blogger, and author of the forthcoming Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture (W. W. Norton, 2012). RSVP required, firstname.lastname@example.org.