Tours - Engineering New York

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Brooklyn Bridge Talk and Walk
The Brooklyn Bridge is our true specialty -- we do the largest public walk every New Year's Eve for three hundred people! We have done this from elementary schools to engineering schools. This was once the world's longest bridge, built by the world's first woman engineer using steel for the first time! And it was the first bridge to be illuminated at night by electricity. We start usually from Manhattan side where the bridge connects to the info, commercial, and political hub of the island to the then independent city of Brooklyn where we end in a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline and you get wonderful ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory or enjoy a nice meal in Dumbo. Learn how the Roebling family built one of the great marvels of the nineteenth century: John who designed it, his son Washington who built it, and Emily, Washington's wife who became the world's first woman engineer. Discover how this bridge was on the cutting edge of technology, architecture, transportation and even finance.

Meeting Place:In front of Starbucks at 38 Park Row between Spruce and Beekman Streets across from City Hall Park in Manhattan.

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Brooklyn Bridge Amble from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory to Manhattan.
Learn how the Roebling family built one of the great marvels of the nineteenth century: John who designed it, his son Washington who built it, and Emily, Washington's wife who became the world's first woman engineer. Discover how this bridge was on the cutting-edge of technology, architecture, transportation and even finance. Its time we did the walk from the Brooklyn side!

Meeting Place:Outside Brooklyn Ice cream Factory, adjacent to the River Cafe at Old Fulton and Water Streets in Brooklyn. The cross street is Water Street

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Climbing Heaven: Skyscraper Tour
We trace the evolution of the skyscraper from ten story behemoths (one held the record for two weeks as world's tallest) to Woolworth Building (record holder for 13 years) to the World Trade Center (with its many engineering, architectural, and safety innovations—the tallest building in the Western hemisphere). We discuss the neighborhood of Tribeca -- NYC Hall Park and surroundings -- as the commercial, political, and media center of NYC and the world! Once upon a time farms and Indian dwellings stood where skyscrapers now are.

Meeting Place: In front of Starbucks at 38 Park Row between Spruce and Beekman Streets across from City Hall Park in Manhattan.

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Flat Iron District and Madison Square
The Flat Iron District has been the center of various interesting innovations. We have the iconic Flat Iron Building, an early skyscraper, that gives the area its name noted for some interesting architectural innovations. The skyscraper solved some of engineering and architectural problems where Fifth Avenue and Broadway cross each other. Madison Square Pak has evolved from a transportation center (terminus of a railroad) and militia parade ground to an entertainment center (P. T. Barnum's Hippodrome and the first home of Madison Square Garden) to the insurance center with two iconic skyscrapers (Met Life and NY Life) and the New York State Intermediate Court of Appeals Building. The park was home to the arm of the Statue of Liberty with its lamp which served to help raise money for its pedestal!

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New York City Mass Transit Tour
Trace the evolution on New York City's mass transit system from early nineteenth century to the present day as we travel from Grand Central Station to other monuments of transportation achievement. Discover the secret subway built by Ely Beach next to City Hall, how the IRT, RMT, and IND subways were constructed, and the future of the yet-to-built-Second Avenue subway. Some tours include visits to New York City Transit Museum Store at Grand Central or the New York City Museum in Brooklyn.

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Eighth Annual Brooklyn Bridge Walk into the New Year
See the fireworks from Staten Island, Brooklyn, Central Park, and New Jersey. Also see a brief Empire State Building light show to greet the New Year. Learn how the Roebling family built the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the great marvels of the nineteenth century. Free posters and other gifts given out. We are the only tour that gives away posters and post cards of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Meeting Place: In front of Starbucks at 38 Park Row between Spruce and Beekman Streets across from City Hall Park in Manhattan

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Flushing, NY 11365
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