Take an Insider's Tour of Morningside Heights with an Urban Connoisseur

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In a Nutshell

Michael Facciola treats you to the highlights of Morningside Heights' eclectic architecture, culture, and history

The Fine Print

Expires Jun 22nd, 2014. Dates subject to capacity and cancellation. Refundable only on day of purchase. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. This experience is for adults only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • One admission to a cultural walking tour of Morningside Heights with Michael Facciola
  • Groups meet at the intersection of 110th and Broadway
  • Check the list of available dates

The price of admission will go up each week, so the sooner you buy, the better the discount:

  • $20 if you purchase before May 14 (43% off)
  • $25 if you purchase before May 21 (29% off)
  • $35 if you purchase after May 21

Each event is capped at 25 purchasers; each event requires a minimum of 1 purchasers in order to take place.


What You’ll Do

During his eclectic walking tour of Morningside Heights, Brooklyn-born urban connoisseur Michael Facciola divulges just a few of the neighborhood’s most colorful secrets—the president’s houses, the nuclear-bomb plots, even where to find the bathroom in Grant’s Tomb. Along the way, architectural buffs get to take in the stunning balconies and pilasters of Beaux-Arts homes, as well as a perpetually unfinished cathedral and an iconic TV eatery.

  • Admire Beaux-Arts-Style Architecture
    These picturesque residential buildings along the river were once home to George Carlin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Barack Obama.

  • Learn the Story Behind the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    The fourth largest Christian church in the world has been nicknamed “St. John the Unfinished,” for good reason.

  • Order from a Cash-Only Hungarian Pastry Stop
    This old-school, writer-friendly pastry shop doesn’t have WiFi, but it does have a bathroom wall covered in years of graffiti that the owner claims he’ll never paint over.

  • Diverse Dining Options
    Choose from Vietnamese, Cuban, Ethiopian, Italian, Mexican, French, Indian, and Caribbean cuisine—or Tom’s Restaurant of Seinfeld fame—during a quick lunch stop.


Your Host

Michael Facciola Michael Facciola
Tour Guide and Self-Described Urban Rat

Writer Michael Facciola has long lent his skills to telling the stories of urban life. A Brooklyn native, his love for the rich, eclectic cultural scene of New York’s neighborhoods emerged when he first visited Harlem—where he would later live during college and in the years thereafter. He’s also a former instructor at the Culinary Institute of America and has published a number of articles about the restaurant industry.


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    Upper West Side

    110th and Broadway

    New York, New York 10025

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