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Context New York Tours

Flatiron District
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Address: 1133 Broadway (26th Street), New York City, NY
Phone Number: +1 800-691-6036
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Context organizes scholar-led walking tours of New York City focused on...

Context organizes scholar-led walking tours of New York City focused on the history, architecture, cuisine, culture, and art of the city. Groups are limited to six people in order to create a dynamic learning environment. With a network of historians, archaeologists, architects, and art historians, Context focuses on thematic walks that uncover New York City for the curious traveler.

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Small group, extensive knowledge

A small group (three of us) with a passionate and knowledgeable docent provided a very lively discussion on Chelsea art galleries. I'm going to look at another tour when I come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A small group (three of us) with a passionate and knowledgeable docent provided a very lively discussion on Chelsea art galleries. I'm going to look at another tour when I come back to NYC for Christmas.

Newark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Highly recommended. great for all levels of interest. Insightful, entertaining, educational, academic (as much as you want it to be) and extremely professionally provided and organized. Tour guide is amazing. Everyone on our group loved the tour. Our tour focused on midtown: Tudor City and art deco architecture Of course being New York City there is always room and time... More 

Huntington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

What a great experience. Our guide, Monica Valley, was exceptional - knowledgeable about the collection, vibrant about the new building and its place in the neighborhood, and skilled in making connections among artists, techniques and styles. One of our party was in a wheel chair and Monica did a wonderful job of always turning to be heard. She arranged the... More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Hansel did a great job. Intelligent, funny, pedagogical, he is quite knowledgeable. My wife and I simply loved him. A charming fellow endowed with academic knowledge about New York's architecture. Suddenly, these sky scrapers speak to me. They tell me their stories. Many thanks Hansel !!!

Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great walking tour -- probably one of the best I've been on. Extremely knowledgeable docent/guide (Matico), very small group, and great itinerary. Visited wonderful buildings and got a great feel for a lot of classic buildings and their history and place in New York's development. A little more pricey than some tours but well worth it!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Monica is a very educated docent/guide who brought us through the MET for a tour on Impressionism art. We were surprised when she started in the Roman sculptures to teach us how art evolved over the centuries so we had a thorough understanding of what the Impressionist accomplished. Very engaging and considerate of what we wanted to see in the... More 

Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Hansel took us on two tours, The first looking at architecture. He made us look at buildings we would have overlooked and gave us lots of details about architects, building styles and NY in general. Our second tour was of the meatpacking district and high-line. This area was equally interesting but there was less content to the tour. We have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, which since we were the only two people on it, was effectively a private walking tour! (Apparently the maximum group size is 6) Our guide was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about everything to do with cocktails, spirits, New York... We learned a lot, particularly about prohibition. The cocktails at the end were a nice way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was my daughter's first visit to NYC and as I have had two very positive experiences with Context Tours in the past, I that the Architecture of NYC tour would be a good intro for her - we both loved it. As with the other tours I have done with Context, our docent was not only incredibly knowledgeable but... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We booked this tour (Metropolitan Museum NYC) withour teens and asked that we focus on what our eldest daughter has recently studied at school- The Renaissance, as a way of getting the kids more interested in the museum. Our guide was highly educated in Art History but likely not experienced as a guide. She delved deeply into each item which... More 


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Flatiron District
Offering many of the city’s best restaurants and shops set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building, which makes a good picture no matter what angle you photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant architecture as you stroll the streets - much of this neighborhood is part of a historic district that was home to many of the city’s most famous department stores at the turn of the century. At the northern end of the neighborhood, Madison Square Park is best known for being home to a famous burger shack, but it can also be a quiet refuge to spend an afternoon, and it frequently hosts interesting public art exhibits. In the lower part of the Flatiron District you'll find Union Square, a bustling crossroads at all times of day and night.
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