What You'll Do
Nowadays, shining high rises and luxury hotels sprout above the streets of the Bowery. But for more than a century, it was known as the city's skid row, home to taverns, flophouses, and brothels. Walking with architect and Bowery enthusiast Chien Dao, you'll hear riveting stories of the constantly evolving neighborhood as he points out such landmarks as the grave of NYC's last Dutch mayor and the site of the late, great music venue CBGB. Chien will lend his architect's expertise to discussions of four of the area's most significant structures, shedding an insider's light on their important features.
Hear About the Bowery's Unsavory Past
Delve into fascinating tales about the decades the neighborhood spent as one of the city's poorest and most crime filled
See the Area's Most Interesting Buildings
Follow your architect guide as he points out interesting features of the Bowery's most significant landmarks, both old and new
Each event is capped at 16 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.
Architect, Studio Owner
Chien Dao's fondness for architecture began at an early age. As a child, he designed his own furniture and quickly fell in love with the art form after reading about Frank Lloyd Wright. This passion carried on through adulthood, and when he moved to New York City more than a decade ago, Chien became enthralled with its structural transformations throughout the years, the historic events that played out in its streets, especially on the Bowery, and the legacies of its prominent architects. Today, he owns his own architecture firm, Chien Dao Studio, and continues to study the city's rich legacy.
Monday (4 p.m.–6 p.m.)
Friday (6 p.m.–8 p.m.)
December 6 | December 13 | December 20
January 10 | January 17 | January 24 | January 31
Saturday (2 p.m.–4 p.m.)
January 4 | January 11 | January 18 | January 25
Where You'll Meet
Tours will begin in front of St. Mark's Church.