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NYC Gramercy Park Walking Tour with Players Club Mansion Access

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New York, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

New York's Gramercy neighborhood was an important center of the Gilded Age, as well as the birthplace of Teddy Roosevelt. On this walking tour, learn about one of the most extravagant periods in American history as you walk along Union Square and 5th Avenue, and admire the 19th-century mansions. Plus, gain access to the prestigious Players Club, a private social club for actors and VIPs.
  • Explore the upmarket Gramercy district with a local guide
  • Hear stories about the gilded era of New York in the late 1800s
  • See Teddy Roosevelt’s home and the Ladies Mile Historic District
  • Visit the exclusive Players Club, normally accessible to members only
Make your own way to Union Square to meet your guide.

Admire landmarks such as the Tammany Hall building, a symbol of political corruption in late 19th-century New York, on Union Square. Learn why the Big Apple became the center of the country's garment industry, and how the Ladies' Mile Historic District served the shopping needs of well-off city residents in the late 1800s.

Stroll up 5th Avenue and see the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. Check out Gramercy Park and the grand 19th-century mansions that belonged to famous people such as Thomas Edison, Governor Samuel J. Tilden, The Steinway family (of piano fame), Julia Roberts, James Cagney, John Barrymore, Gregory Peck, John Steinbeck, and others. 

The final stop on your tour takes you into the Players Club, which is on the U.S. Register of Historic Places. Founded in 1888 by the famous actor Edwin Booth (whose brother, John Wilkes Booth, assassinated President Lincoln), the society club offers a prime example of Gilded Age opulence. Hear about the notable past and present members of the club, and view artifacts such as the pool cue of Mark Twain, original art by Thomas Nast and Norman Rockwell, and Edwin Booth's private quarters.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Union Square
One of New York's most historic public spaces
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Gramercy Park
An extremely exclusive neighborhood
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Birthplace of Teddy Roosevelt
Admission Ticket Free

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A fascinating, expert tour
fredsullivan35
, Nov 2019
I was amazed entertained fascinated and enchanted by this wonderful tour. Two hours of history, architecture, and personal stories of great characters from old New York: Boss Tweed, Teddy Roosevelt, Edwin Booth and Mark Twain. I loved the Roosevelt birthplace so much I shed a tear and The Player's Club was a thrilling finish! A GREAT A+ TOUR
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A Very Special Tour Experience in New York City
SusanZ362
, Sep 2019
I was really looking forward to taking this tour. I was unfamiliar with the area in New York, having had just a few previous visits to Union Square, and I was particularly interested in the chance to go inside the Players Club near Gramercy Park. Our guide Elizabeth was wonderful, as excited and interested in the area and the Players Club as we were. On a beautiful day we walked along Union Square, looking at monuments, a vibrant farmers' market, some interesting art work and buildings. We spent the most time inside the Players Club, founded by the great American actor Edwin Booth. What a wonderful visit inside, especially for a theater buff! Lots of pictures of great actors who had been or are members of the club. Lots of wonderful Booth memorabilia...props including the crown he wore as Richard III, daggers he used in Hamlet, Macbeth, etc., costumes, paintings. Many wonderful rooms full of fabulous memories. At the top of the house you can visit the Booth room where he lived up to the time of his death. Paintings of other favorites like Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, James Cagney,Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, and many great theatre actors were lovely to see.When we finally left we did get to walk over to Gramercy Park, the last privately owned park in New York City and could see the wonderful statue of Edwin Booth in the park, accompanied by a great sight of the Chrysler Building in the background. We had a really wonderful tour, a great enthusiastic tour guide, and a very special morning walk and visit in New York.
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Great Tour, Great Guide
Camper50408240475
, Jun 2019
James was a fun and interesting tour guide. The tour was well structured and indepth. Thanks again for a great time!

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