Come along on a walking tour of sites that were important to New York during World War I, from military, recruiting, and fundraising. Remember our honored war dead by visiting beautiful memorials around the city, from Grand Central Terminal to Central Park. This unique walking tour honors the centennial of WWI (1914-1918) and led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of “World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War” (Globe Pequot Press).
American involvement in World War I started and ended in New York Harbor. In 1917-1918 4 out 5 troops who went to France, departed from the city. New York was an important hub throughout the war as recruiting and patriotic efforts continued. Following the Armistice in 1918, more memorials were erected to WWI veterans than for any other event.
Now on the centennial, explore more 30 locations in Manhattan that have ties to the Great War and learn the stories behind each.
The walk begins at the New York Public Library on Forty-second Street and Fifth Avenue (between the lions, 476 Fifth Avenue). The tour includes a subway ride from Grand Central Terminal uptown. The walk ends in Central Park.
Learn about what New York City was doing before the war to prepare, and how it responded to American entry in April 1917. Walk in the footsteps of the Doughboys who marched off to France to fight. See where the city rallied to support the war effort.
Explore the architectural and historical stories of the buildings and monuments. Learn about Central Park and Grand Central Terminal, notable buildings, memorials, and monuments.
This 2.5-hour walking and subway tour will take you from the steps of the world famous New York Public Library to see locations in Central Park. Tour Highlights:
• See where the troops marched off to war;
• Visit the locations where bond rallies and fundraisers were held;
• See where the Army trained in the park, and raised awareness;
• See stunning sculptures and poignant memorials;
• Learn about the “Lost Battalion” and Harlem Hell Fighters;
• Explore secret spots inside Grand Central Terminal and Central Park (not in guide books)
Your professional guide has written seven books tied to New York City history and has been leading walking tours since 1999. He has made numerous talks and lectures, and has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, and C-SPAN American History TV.
Not only will you get a taste of New York history, but you’ll also be on a wonderful sightseeing tour and stroll the streets of one of the most charming neighborhoods in Manhattan. It’s a great way to learn about the past and also see how little has changed in more than two hundred years.
This tour is designed for tourists, locals, families, and groups of friends. You’ll visit more than thirty locations and come away with a new appreciation for the area.
Meeting point: in front of the New York Public Library (42nd Street and Fifth Avenue). The walk will encompass approximately 1.5 miles, so wear comfortable shoes. The walk is open to the public. Kids, strollers, and dogs welcome.