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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
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Description: 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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New York Architecture walking tour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Long Beach, California
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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 

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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Our family had a thoroughly wonderful time learning about Greek and Roman culture through Context Travel at the Metropolitan Museum. Ou guide, Zachary Taylor, was the best. He really connected with our teenage son.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

This is my second tour with context travel. I love a good cocktail and this walking tour sounded perfect. Richard the docent was extremely knowledgeable and a very engaging speaker. There were a couple of stops around mid-town before a ride on the subway downtown. We finished in a tiny bar that was just fantastic. The cocktails were sensational! Definitely... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I am currently a freshman at Columbia University in New York. I'm from Philadelphia, so I love exploring NYC and learning more about it. I took the Context Travel Architecture of New York and Brooklyn Portrait of a City walks and absolutely loved them! Context is amazing. The groups are so small that you really get to interact with the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

In a discretely small group of 6 persons and with a cunning scholar guide we really took in many stunning buildings and their interiors, many of which we wouldn't have access to on ourselves. The East 42nd Street route was rich in styles and history as well as present function came alive.

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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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