Tours

Have your camera ready on this tour of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Your guide will point out beautiful architecture from over the last 2 centuries as well as amazing views of the Hudson River and the area surrounding Central Park.

This tour is 3 hours long and covers about 2.5 miles of walking.

Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 pm, year round.

 

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Historic, but not famous

St. Clair Pollock, the amiable child memorial

St. Clair Pollock was a young boy living in the wild areas of Manhattan back in the late 1700s. He is the person buried at the Amiable Child Monument.  The monument is located in New York City’s Riverside Park. It stands west of the southbound lanes of Riverside Drive north of 122nd Street across from Grant’s Tomb. One side of the monument reads: “Erected to the Memory of an Amiable Child, St. Claire Pollock, Died 15 July 1797 in the Fifth Year of His Age.” The monument is a granite urn on a  pedestal inside a wrought iron fence. The monument, originally erected by George Pollock, who was either the boy’s father or his uncle, has been replaced twice due to deterioration. The present marker was placed on the site in 1967 to replace a marble marker installed by the city in 1897.

The monument has inspired many poems from writers throughout NYC and beyond. The monument is thought to be the only single-person private grave on city-owned land in New York City. Nothing is known about the child or how he died at the age of 5.

 

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Around NYC

The Dorilton Apartment Building – Parisian Luxury in the Upper West Side

Wouldn’t we all love to have large sound-proof rooms? That’s what attracted many artists and musicians to The Dorilton when it was completed in 1902.

The Dorilton is an excellent example of Beaux Arts architecture on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and it is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It was restored in 1998 and no one can pass by without noticing the beauty of its façade and majestic sculptural decorations.

We Can Tour That can take you there on the way to other off-the-beaten-path and breathtaking locations on the Upper West Side. Contact us: wecantourthat.com

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Around NYC

The Dakota Apartments – First Luxury Apartment Building in New York

Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Roberta Flack, Judy Garland, Boris Karloff, John Lennon, Rudolf Nureyev, Yoko Ono, Jack Palance, Gilda Radner, Jason Robards … Do any of these names sound familiar to you?

All of them have something in common: They lived or live at the Dakota Apartments, a building from 1884 that was designed by the same architect as The Plaza Hotel (1907). The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, three years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono moved in.

The Dakota was supposedly given its name because at the time of construction, the Upper West Side had very few residents.  Many joked it was as remote in relation to the inhabited area of Manhattan as the Dakota Territory was. 

The arched main entrance is large enough for the horse-drawn carriages that once entered and allowed passengers to disembark sheltered from the weather.

Sadly the Dakota is known as the location of John Lennon’s murder in 1980.

If you are interested in visiting the Dakota and the surrounding neighborhood, We Can Tour That! wecantourthat.com

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