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Block Walk NoHo & Astor Place: Old Money, New Art

New York City


  • The Astor Place Cube in front of the former Clinton Hall Library.
  • "Account of the Terrific and Fatal Riot at the New-York Astor Place Opera House" 1849.
  • Clinton Hall as it appeared in 1875. Photo: Museum of the City of New York.
  • Colonnade Row as it looks today.
  • Photo of Colonnade Row in its 19th century heyday.
  • Engine Company No. 33.
  • The balcony above Engine Company No. 33.
  • "Balloon Rabbit (Red)" by Jeff Koons inside the lobby.
  • Keith Haring's "Self Portrait; 1989."
  • The bar at Angel's Share. Photo: Danilo Dacha Bozovic.

30 minutes
0.3 mi
Guided by Jason
Jason Donahue

Overview

Come see highlights of Astor Place. in just 30 minutes, we'll make a quick loop through the neighborhood. Along the way, we'll discuss the Astor Place brawl, get face to face with multimillion dollar art and enjoy a cocktail in a hidden speakeasy.


About Your Guide

I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, tasty dim sum, high-design speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.


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Guide Points

  1. The Astor Place Cube

    We find ourselves at Astor Place in the heart of NoHo. This spot is an appropriate microcosm for the neighborhood since it represents the n…

  2. Colonnade Row

    Colonnade Row on the western side of Lafayette is a landmarked series of Greek revival apartments built in the early 1830s. Today only four…

  3. Engine Company No. 33

    The first firehouses of New York resembled the people who worked in them: ragtag, unkept and disorganized. That all changed in the 1880s wh…

  4. Balloon Rabbit & Keith Haring Self Portrait

    We are just about back near where we started. We come not for the building, but for the occupant in the lobby.

  5. Angel's Share

    We end our stroll of NoHo with a hidden cocktail den.


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