Exploring the Gargoyles and Architecture of Manhattan's Flatiron District
Gargoyles bring to mind mysterious medieval castles but these creatures are here in Manhattan looking down on us every day. This tour will take us on over 23 stops through the Flatiron District as we explore its architecture and history of both. We will see dozens of gargoyles, Americas' first Art Nouveau Memorial, a Holocaust memorial, a Renaissance Obelisk a Queen Ann styled Apartment house from 1878 and so much more - the tour has 14 New York City landmarks and 5 national landmarks and each will be discussed in detail. The History There are 16 Historically styled buildings and a unique example of Belle Epoque style of architecture on a 19th century hi-rise building in Manhattan. Besides grotesque and winged monster gargoyles we will see few examples of caryatids (engaged) and atlantes. Some interesting pictures and stories about Manhattan's past are included along with close up photographs of the far-away gargoyles for those of you who do not bring binoculars or zoom lens cameras. The Guide The tour is given by Alfred Pommer, a native New Yorker, a licensed New York City guide and author of four Manhattan guide books published by the History Press and Arcadia Publishing.
Alfred Pommer is an author, a college graduate and a native of New York City. He worked for the New York City Parks Department for 25 years (15 years as a supervisor). Fascinated by the city’s history and architecture, he decided to share his passion with others and started to organize walking tours in the early 1990s. As a true passionate of New York City, Alfred collects photographs and anecdotes of the spots he enjoys the most. He is the author of four Manhattan guide books “Exploring the Original West Village”, “Exploring New York's SoHo”, "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" and "Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square". Alfred Pommer has an author's page at amazon .com (http://Amazon.com/author/alfredpommer)
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