OUT PROFESSIONALS WELCOMES YOU TO ’SOHO’S CAST IRON HISTORIC DISTRICT: THE WALKING TOUR AND MIXER.’
On Saturday, July 23, join Out Professionals Members and friends for a stroll through one of the world’s great open-air museums, the SoHo Cast Iron Historic District.
Enjoy a leisurely exploration of what was once an industrial wasteland of sweatshops known as Hell’s Hundred Acres — and is now, as the greatest collection of cast iron architecture in the world, a National Historic Landmark.
In the 1960s, SoHo began to attract artists such as Maya Lin, Claes Oldenburg and Yoko Ono, drawn by the cheap rents, great light and huge workspaces afforded by the areas’s neglected cast-iron buildings, which lined streets paved with Belgian blocks.
In 1962, author and activist Jane Jacobs (“The Death and Life of Great American Cities”) led a successful campaign to defeat the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a 10-lane elevated highway that Robert Moses proposed to blast through SoHo on Broome Street.
Come see what Jacobs saved! On Saturday, July 23, join Members and friends of Out Professionals … OP.LYNX, our dynamic women’s network … and a bunch of our up-and-coming LGBT professionals, for “SoHo’s Cast Iron Historic District: The Walking Tour and Mixer.”
Out Professionals’ private Walking Tour/Mixer series is designed for us — and you — by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York. Joyce teaches Manhattan history at New York University and the New School.
On this tour, you’ll learn the answers to such questions as:
- Who was Puck, and why does our tour begin at his statue?
- During the Civil War, why were Lord & Taylor and Tiffany in SoHo?
- Where was America’s first African-American theater?
- Who was John Jacob Astor, and why did he die in SoHo?
- Why does one SoHo building look like a 19th-century sewing machine?
- Who was murdered in a well on Spring Street?
Arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. at the Puck Building, SE corner Houston and Lafayette Streets. Subway: B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette; 4/6 to Bleecker Street; N/Q/R to Prince Street.
Tour begins promptly at 2 p.m., rain or shine, ending about 4 p.m. at the SoHo Grand Hotel, 310 West Broadway, between Grand Street and Canal Street. Open-ended mixer follows at a casual watering hole nearby; refreshments on your own.
Nonmember, $25. Dues-paying OP Member, just $15. The personalized nature of our tours requires a limit to the number of participants. Avoid disappointment; register now.
IT PAYS TO BE AN OP MEMBER!
A one-year individual Out Professionals Membership (new or renewal) PLUS admission for one to “SoHo’s Cast Iron Historic District: The Walking Tour and Mixer” totals just $75. And remember, that buys you a year’s worth of low-cost or no-cost networking and socializing. Order here.