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!
From the days of Sex and the City’s popularity when the Meatpacking District was a bit seedy, to the glitz and glamor of the Hudson Yards has been an evolution of inspiration, imagination, patience and fortitude. This area is a wonderful example of public and private partnerships working together to create a new way for New Yorker’s and visitors to experience the City. The landscape of the High Line has been designed to change with the seasons, so every visit becomes a unique experience. This talk will show the history of the neighborhood from the 1800’s and the changes that have led to the starchitecture that has been built along the High Line. Hudson Yards is the largest private construction project in the history of the United States. You’ll hear why this complex has created controversial discussions about what a neighborhood is and isn’t, and what it should be from an urban design standpoint.
This tour is a virtual in-depth tour, presented on Zoom. This consists of a download link which will be available to you for a week so you can enjoy the tour in your own time.
Kitt Garret’s New York Sites & Insights takes you on a unique visual journey behind the transformation from an obsolete elevated rail line to a world class destination attracting over 8 million people each year. We’ll explore three of New York City’s neighborhoods starting with Gansevoort, walking through Chelsea and then enter Hudson Yards, the most expensive private development in the history of the United States. Experience three hundred years of architectural history. Learn which buildings were designed by the most famous architects working to create these unique neighborhoods. Whether you are a first-time visitor, or a local, this fun, fast paced 90+ minute 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.
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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.