During New York's Gilded Age of opulence at the turn of the 20th century, Riverside Drive was supposed to overtake Fifth Avenue as New York City’s “millionaire colony.” And by the early 1900s, that transformation was well under way as the once sleepy carriage drive became lined with dozens of free-standing mansions boasting spectacular park and riverfront views. But what led its affluent residents to vacate their palatial homes and abandoned this center of luxury for good by the 1930s? It's time to explore the rise, fall, and repurposing of Riverside Drive over the past century, with a special look at the few homes of this era that still remain.
Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the opulent history and architecture of Riverside Drive — located on the banks of Manhattan's Upper West Side, this beautiful stretch of land was once home to some of the world's most notable business leaders and creatives before transforming into one of New York's most spectacular parks.
Led by Esther Crain — historian, founder of Ephemeral New York, and author of The Gilded Age in New York — this unique experience down one of New York’s most storied streets will include:
See you there!
*Please bring a water bottle and comfortable pair of shoes as we’ll be doing a lot of walking!
**This tour will conclude at Riverside Drive and West 107th Street
**This tour does not go inside any of the mansions
Event takes place rain or shine.
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Categories: In-Person, Neighborhood Tours
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Tickets for Exploring the Gilded Age Mansions and Memorials of Riverside Drive can be booked here.
|Ticket Information||Ticket Price|
|General Admission||USD 32|
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