Best Architectural Walking Tours New York 2002 - MUNICIPAL ARTS SOCIETY
The MUNICIPAL ARTS SOCIETY is best known for its free Wednesday tours of Grand Central. After all, as one guide jokes, they "own the building." Although Jackie Onassis spearheaded the campaign to save the historic station in the 1970s, she acted on behalf of the M.A.S. (The nonprofit has a long history of advocacy for landmark preservation, excellence in urban design, and sanity in city planning, starting with the country's first zoning ordinance in 1916.) An extensive list of other rotating tours led by noted architectural historians includes "All the Roads Lead to the Flatiron Building," "Private Lives (From Vanderbilt to Versace)," and "East River Vistas," a delightful walk from the "model tenements" of Cherokee Avenue to Gracie Mansion.