Broadway Malls
11:00 am
3:00 pm
Various Designers, 1869-2000

Did you know that a 10.6 acre park runs right down the center of Broadway? From 70th Street to 168th Street, the 83 Broadway malls cut a ribbon of beautiful green space through the busy traffic of New York's most famous thoroughfare. The malls are lined with shrubs, flowers, and shade trees that provide a green oasis for community members and visitors. Stretching from the Upper West Side to Washington Heights, the malls also happen to run through some of New York's most interesting, diverse, and historical neighborhoods. This OHNY Weekend, the Broadway Mall Association invites you to tour select malls and their surrounding neighborhoods; you'll see beautiful architecture and gorgeous green space, learn some of the fascinating history of the West Side, and find some of modern New York's hidden gems.

Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill/Audubon Park: 137th – 165th Streets (Saturday)
Discover the hidden gems, walk-through malls and the vibrant street life of these three uptown neighborhoods – territory once owned by founding father Alexander Hamilton and artist John James Audubon. With both the City College campus and Columbia University’s Medical school nearby, there’s a fascinating and diverse mix of people that includes students, educators the long-established Dominican community, and young professionals that have found that “real New York”. Stops include The Ralph Ellison Memorial; Audubon Terrace and its classical buildings which once comprised America’s largest museum complex; Manhattan’s only active cemetery; a former silk ribbon factory; community gardens; and much more. Note: there’s some up and downhill walking on this tour.

Morningside Heights and Manhattanville : 110th – 130th Streets (Sunday)
There is perhaps no other neighborhood in NYC nor America like Morningside Heights, our city's intellectual and spiritual capital which has been called the "American Acropolis." The area is home to seven colleges and universities including Columbia University, the Manhattan School of Music, Barnard College and two renowned seminaries. Graduates and faculty members have had a huge impact on the world and we'll learn about some of these special people during our stroll. Towering over the neighborhood is the magnificent bell tower of Riverside Church. Our walk will include the history of this fascinating area along with some of the hidden gems like Sakura Park, Grotto Church of Notre Dame, Morningside Drive and Park, and Grant's Tomb National Monument—once the city's most popular tourist attraction! We will stroll through Manhattanville at the end of tour, an off-the grid Harlem neighborhood with own unique character and history as an industrial area and village that was established in the year 1806—and now where Columbia University is building its new 17 acre campus. We'll uncover the origin of some of its streets like Old Broadway and Tiemann Place and end at the West Harlem Piers Park, one of Manhattan’s newer green spaces.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours with the Broadway Malls Alliance will last approximately 2.5 hrs.

Access Notes: While most time spent on these tours will be on the NYC streets, there may be visits to some buildings or spaces in the course of the tour that are not wheelchair accessible.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring pockets of green where you can escape the urban bustle? You may also enjoy any of the sites in our special series, Spaces of Respite, which requires no reservations! Click on the series title to check out the list of participating sites.


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