Explore one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the world as we delve into the personalities, scandals, and institutions that have made it so legendary. While emphasizing the Gilded Age, our tour will discuss the evolution of the area from the late 18th century farmland through the early 19th century development and ultimately its “discovery” by the New York elites – the Upper 400. Stops could include: the Park Avenue Armory, the elegant Frick Mansion, as well as the Whitney Museum’s Brutalism style. We will also explore sites associated with Richard Morris Hunt, Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, Stanford White, as well as the Morgan, Tiffany, Vanderbilt and Whitney families.
Between mid-May and early September the Upper East Side tour is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. Summer public “twilight” tours are lead Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.
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|Tuesday, August 30||10:00 am|
|Saturday, September 3||1:00 pm|
|Sunday, September 11||12:00 pm|
|Thursday, September 15||1:00 pm|
|Tuesday, September 27||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, October 1||2:00 pm|
|Friday, October 7||12:00 pm|
|Thursday, October 20||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, November 3||11:00 am|
|Saturday, November 19||2:00 pm|
Our tours are public meet-up tours, meaning you can show up and pay when you get there, but you can guarantee your spot by reserving early.
NOTE: You will select your date in the next step.
Consider a private tour!
We’ve done tours for school example, group example and corporate example. Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.
Private tours can be arranged for a weekday, weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We work closely with you to create an enjoyable experience for your group.Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.
SW corner Lexington Avenue & 68th Street, in front of the large black metal sculpture at Hunter College.
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
6 to 68th Street; F to Lexington Avenue
Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.
The finest group of tour guides in the city. Most of us are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in history passionate about the history, architecture and people of New York.
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Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
Tour refunds (minus a $2 processing charge per person) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded.
Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. No shows are considered last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.
America’s Museum is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. These tours are lead Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.
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