The Story Behind New York’s Evolving Skyline: An Architectural Journey Through History

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Kitt Garrett’s New York Sites & Insights was created to provide you with an insider’s story behind a site, so you are up-close and personal, discovering its secrets.  Using over 100 historical and current images we’ll explore the site together virtually, so when you visit, you’ll know how much time to spend there and capture your own memories in the City That Never Sleeps!

  • 118 Minutes
  • On-Demand Virtual Tour
  • New York, New York

From the time Henry Hudson sailed into New York’s Harbor, the City has been a hub of trade and commerce. See how New York’s architectural styles changed over 400 years from the Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Romanesque Revival, Italianate, Renaissance Revival, Gothic Revival, “Queen Anne”, Neo-Classic to the modern period we see today. You’ll love taking a virtual look through the neighborhoods and knowing when these buildings were created and imagining who lived and worked in them. Hear the stories about what was happening in New York during this time, how some private home became boarding houses, and then back to private houses. See the buildings that have created the iconic wonderland of art and design and the incredible architects who designed them. We’ll look at the future of New York City through zoning and the needs of the people who work and live side by side in towering skyscrapers and landmarked neighborhoods. Hear how developers are creating safe environments for their workers to return to office buildings from street to seat after the Covid virus has changed the lifestyle of families, who live and work in confined spaces. See how the waterfront has been transforming from industrial to recreational neighborhood by neighborhood and how public and private partnerships are creating new destinations.

This 118-minute presentation uses over 100 images taking you on a visual journey through New York’s history by looking at its buildings, bridges and neighborhoods. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local New Yorker, gain an insider’s perspective on makes New York so special.

Add a visit with one of our partners or visit on your own. It’s a great way to be in a location and enjoy it.

Type of Tour

On-demand video with pdf self-guided tour


  • Hear how New York grew from a small Dutch settlement to a world-class capital city
  • Learn to identify buildings by their architectural design and building materials
  • Understand how urban planning effects neighborhoods, parks and public transportation systems
  • Discover the importance of balancing historic preservation and creating hot new neighborhoods

Price Includes

  • Private virtual tour for 118 minutes via Zoom
  • Private talk by licensed expert NYC guide, Guides Association of New York Certified
  • Hear the talk, then use the pdf for your self-guided walk
  • Use Kitt’s photo stops while you are on location
  • Upload your photos into Tripcast
  • Download the photos into a book to keep your memories!

Price Excludes

  • Cost of the memory book is paid directly by clients and not included in the cost of the tour

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  1. This 118-minute on-demand virtual presentation uses over 100 images exploring New York’s history over 400 years and the influences that shaped the architecture and the City’s skyline. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a local New Yorker, gain an insider’s perspective on makes New York so special and walk-through history with fresh eyes.

  2. Download Kitt’s pdf with photo stops for your self-guided tour when you visit on your own.

  3. Upload your photos into Tripcast.

  4. Download the photos into a book to keep your memories!

  5. Add a visit with one of our partners or visit on your own. It’s a great way to be in a location and enjoy it.

About Your Guide

From 1993 – 2016, Kitt Garrett, lecturer, travel and tourism consultant was the Founder and CEO of Discover New York and Beyond.  She grew the company to be the leader in personalized travel to New York City by designing extraordinary experiences for corporate, leisure and native New Yorkers who wished to go beyond the New York they already knew. Using her expertise and extraordinary contacts, Kitt was named Condé Nast Top Destination Specialist for 8 years.  Kitt sold Discover New York & Beyond in 2016 to a well-established production company in NY. Kitt was featured on the “Travel Channel,” “Delta Shuttle Magazine,” “Town and Country Travel” and “Elite Magazine.” She has been the guest lecturer on the QE II, The World, Residences at Sea, private clubs and corporations. While living in the U.S., Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, Kitt taught cooking and designed food products for Fortune 500 companies.

Kitt holds Advanced Certificates from the Culinary Institute of America, The Higher Certificate from the London Wine and Spirit Trust, and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management, New York University, graduating summa cum laude, and earned her designation as a Destination Management Certified Professional, and licensed New York City Guide and Certified by the Guides Association of New York City. She is a member of the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, The Historic District Council, The Beaux Arts Alliance, The Art Deco Society, Society of General Mechanics and Tradesmen, the American Institute of Architecture, the Friends of the Upper East Side, Historic District Council, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, The Architectural League of New York, The Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, Friends of the Upper West Side, Friends of Terra Cotta and Grand Central Atelier.  Her credentials are unmatched.