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

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    Kitt's Talks & Walks

    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!

    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • Group Size: 1-10
    • 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.

    Type of Tour

    Private Virtual Tour, presented on Zoom.


    Kitt Garret’s New York Sites & Insights takes you on a unique visual journey through the history of New York buildings, bridges and neighborhoods. You’ll hear the influences that created the City you see today and be able to identify architectural styles as you walk through neighborhoods.  Whether you are a first-time visitor, or a local, this fun, fast paced 60 – 90 virtual tour uses over 100 images to bring the city to life with an insider’s perspective on what makes the City That Never Sleeps.

    • 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 60 – 90 minutes via Zoom
    • PDF of photo stops for you to upload into the free Tripcast app to create your own memory book

    Price Excludes

    • Cost of the memory book is paid directly to Tripcast if you wish to purchase one

    What to Bring

    Questions about New York City to help plan your trip.

    Optional Extras

    Gratuities for your guide.

    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.