Woolworth Tours

Woolworth Tours We are now offering 30, 60, and 90 minute tours of the world renowned Woolworth Building's historic lobby. When the Woolworth Building was completed in 1913, it achieved instant renown as the highest skyscraper in the world.
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Cass Gilbert’s design was hailed by critics for the picturesqueness of its Gothic silhouette in skyline views. Its commanding central tower with soaring, syncopated verticals echoed the dynamism of the modern city. The tower’s upper stages, evocative of European cathedrals, bristled with a scenographic array of gables, tourelles, crockets, and finials. At the building’s base, a Tudor Gothic portal opened on axis to a monumental lobby recalling a Romanesque cathedral nave. Vaults surfaced with Byzantine mosaics, cornices of gilded tracery, and the lunette murals, “Labor” and “Commerce,” framed a gracious marble stair leading to the Irving National Exchange Bank. The interior’s first class office space, spacious in height and well-lit throughout, was complemented by a shopping arcade, health club with swimming pool, and a medieval German Rathskeller, all of which offered the finest amenities for tenants. Throughout the 1920s and 30s, the tower’s pinnacle observatory served as one of the city’s leading tourist attractions. Visitors from around the world enjoyed a thrilling panorama of lower Manhattan and the coastal geography beyond. The Woolworth Building’s construction epitomized the day’s enthusiasm for technology. The tower’s steel frame, built to the unprecedented height of 792 feet, utilized the day’s most extensive system of portal arch wind bracing. Caissons were carried down to some of the deepest bedrock in the city, and the exterior featured one of the day’s most extensive systems of terra cotta cladding. For the most discerning of tenants, such state-of-the-art technologies, which also included high-speed elevator service, along with self-sustaining electrical power generation, heating, cooling, water supply, and fire protection, contributed to the safe and secure ambiance of a “city within a city.” In 1916, the Reverend S. Parkes Cadman christened the Woolworth Building the “Cathedral of Commerce” as part of an effort to promote it as an ethical white-collar workplace. During the vibrant economy of the 1920s, Gilbert’s skyscraper Gothic design was viewed at home and abroad as a symbol of American material success. Down to this day, it evokes the expansive mood of the early 20th century, when New York served as the nation’s most prosperous port and gateway for the commerce of the world. The Woolworth Building was named a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and in 1983, a New York City Landmark.

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We are excited to announce that Woolworth Tours has received the Best In Manhattan award for 2019 for our tours of the W...
03/04/2020

We are excited to announce that Woolworth Tours has received the Best In Manhattan award for 2019 for our tours of the Woolworth Building. If you haven't taken a tour yet of this astonishing building, now is the time! Tours run daily, starting at just $20/person. Learn the history, hear the stories, and be amazed at the grandeur.

www.WoolworthTours.com

02/16/2020

We're excited to announce that we will now be offering tours of the new Oculus Transportation Center located at World Trade Center Station.

The Oculus Transportation Center is one of NYC’s newest and most amazing buildings. Come take a professionally guided tour of this extraordinary space with an expert on its creation, inspiration and construction.

Learn the history of site, see unique photos of its development and discover its hidden engineering secrets. This is truly an insider’s tour!

$20/person. Get more info and tickets at: www.OculusWalkingTours.com

01/12/2020

If you have seen the magnificent vintage lobby in the Woolworth Building, if you’ve marveled at the marble, smiled at the sculptures and swooned at the ceiling, then it’s time to bring your friends for a private group tour!

Gather your tribe and experience the vibe in this extraordinary NYC landmarked space. Private group tours can be booked for 10 – 20 people, customized to your interest and scheduled at your convenience.

So, bring your family, friends, neighbors, associates, colleagues and co-workers to what was once the tallest building in the world!

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203 966 9663

12/10/2019

Hear the history.
See the splendor.
Feel the magic.
Experience the magnificent Woolworth Building Lobby at Christmas time.
Tours daily.
Book on-line at www.WoolworthTours.com

We're happy to be announcing the latest in our series of new tours!The Oculus Transportation Center is the controversial...
11/20/2019

We're happy to be announcing the latest in our series of new tours!

The Oculus Transportation Center is the controversial and now iconic design by Santiago Calatrava. We have inside information to share on this tour that includes exclusive construction photos of this extraordinary structure rising out of the ground.

Come hear the inside story of how this amazing building was conceived and created. Learn its engineering secrets and experience its gorgeous use of light and massing of space.

There is nothing else like it!

$20 per person

11/10/2019

Great news! We are now offering 2 brand new walking tours!

In just 90-minutes you can take a walk through old New York to historic Fraunces Tavern, follow in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton, and learn how Wall Street came to be the financial center of the world. $30/person.

Or, you can hear the uplifting stories of the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, and experience the amazing Oculus building on an insider’s tour of its extraordinary engineering and many hidden secrets as seen through exclusive construction photos not available on other tours. $30/person.

For more info/tickets: WoolworthTours.com

11/01/2019

Woolworth Tours announces its newest offering, a 60-minute Walking Tour of City Hall Park for $20 per person.

Come hear the rich and hidden history of what was once the center of the city from Broadway to “Newspaper Row,” and the Brooklyn Bridge to Foley Square. Meet “Miss Manhattan,” the world’s first super-model, and learn where the Manhattan Project was located.

You will find fabulous photos opportunities of the Fountain, and the facades of four Cass Gilbert buildings, and will see the sites of what were once the World’s tallest building, the country’s first luxury hotel, the city’s most popular museum and one of its original theaters.

In just one hour and in only one mile, you will realize why this area was so important to the NYC’s growth as a place of commerce and modern conveniences.

Great News!  Due to overwhelming response we have added one more Woolworth Building/Brooklyn Army Terminal combo tour fo...
10/03/2019

Great News! Due to overwhelming response we have added one more Woolworth Building/Brooklyn Army Terminal combo tour for this fall. So join us on Saturday 11/16 at 1:15pm to see this brand new tour!

Now, for the 1st time ever, and in celebration of the Brooklyn Army Terminal's 100th anniversary we are offering a combined tour of these 2 famous buildings built by the architect Cass Gilbert.

Start with a tour of the iconic Woolworth Building, then take a walk through the historic Wall Street district of New York to Pier 11 where you'll board a ferry for a short ride to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Enjoy the view of New York harbor while learning the fascinating history of how the city was developed, then see what was the largest concrete structure in the world and learn its important role in winning World War 2.

This tour is offered in partnership by Woolworth Tours and Turnstile Tours. Click on the link for more details.

Here's a cool fun thing to do this weekend.  The New York School of Visual Arts has installed an outdoor fashion exhibit...
09/16/2019

Here's a cool fun thing to do this weekend. The New York School of Visual Arts has installed an outdoor fashion exhibit that references some of NYC most iconic buildings - including our beloved Woolworth Building.

"Taking place through September 30 along Madison Avenue from East 61st to East 77th Streets, Hemlines to Skylines consists of 17 sculptures of dresses contained within 8-foot tall glass cases and set along a “runway.” The designs reference costumes worn by attendees of the infamous Beaux-Arts Architects’ ball in 1931, which celebrated the new age of skyscrapers in Manhattan."

Check it out if you can and let us know which designs you think are the best.

08/18/2019

The Woolworth Building, once the tallest in the world, welcomes The World to NYC for the US Open, Fashion Week and the UN General Assembly in September. Come take a tour!

07/09/2019

Come see our brand new tour! Now, for the 1st time ever, and in celebration of the Brooklyn Army Terminal's 100th anniversary we are offering a combined tour of these 2 famous buildings built by the architect Cass Gilbert.

Start with a tour of the iconic Woolworth Building, then take a walk through the historic Wall Street district of New York to Pier 11 where you'll board a ferry for a short ride to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Enjoy the view of New York harbor while learning the fascinating history of how the city was developed, then see what was the largest concrete structure in the world and learn its important role in winning World War 2.

This tour is offered in partnership by Woolworth Tours and Turnstile Tours. Click on the link for more details.

Woolworth Tours was just named #2 of the top 24 things to do in the Financial District by College Magazine!Here is a lin...
04/10/2019
24 Best Things to Do in The Financial District - College Magazine

Woolworth Tours was just named #2 of the top 24 things to do in the Financial District by College Magazine!

Here is a link to the article, so you can see all of the places to go after you've been to the Woolworth Building. It also includes a great video produced by The NY Landmarks Conservancy.

https://www.collegemagazine.com/best-things-to-do-in-financial-district

Ready to make money moves? From rooftop concerts to revolutionary hot spots, check out the top 24 things to do in New York City’s Financial District.

03/26/2019

Meet Our Guide - Bob Gelber.

Bob is a life long New Yorker and has been a licensed New York City tour guide for many years. His tours are fun, engaging and informative. He is regularly rated as one of our top tour guides.

--- Review posted on Trip Advisor 2/19/19 ---
"Bob Gelber was a fantastic knowledgeable guide! My sister an I did the 90 min tour which was well worth it. I would highly recommend this tour. The detail and beauty of the architecture, along with the history of Frank Woolworth was well worth it. Go see this building!! "

Take one of Bob's tours and learn how truly amazing the Woolworth Building is.

03/19/2019

Meet Our Guide - Barbara Christen.

Barbara is an Architectural Historian and has researched and written extensively about the Woolworth Building. She is an expert on the construction and materials used in the building as well as the history of Frank Woolworth and Cass Gilbert, the architect.

Take one of Barbara's tours this weekend and learn how truly amazing the Woolworth Building is.

02/15/2019

Experience the Woolworth Building on President's Day.
Take a tour at 2:00pm on Monday 2/18/19.

Did you know President Woodrow Wilson flipped a switch in the White House to turn on the lights on the Opening Day of the Woolworth Building back in 1913?

Learn the amazing history.
Experience the grandeur.
Be Amazed

From all of us at Woolworth Tours we wish you and your family all the best for this Holiday Season and for the New Year ...
12/15/2018

From all of us at Woolworth Tours we wish you and your family all the best for this Holiday Season and for the New Year to come.

12/03/2018

Looking for a fun NYC Holiday experience? Go to the Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show, which this year features our beloved Woolworth Building. It's really well done and make for a fun outing for kids of all ages.
https://www.nybg.org/event/holiday-train-show/

Experience Christmas at the Woolworth Building!Beloved by all who know it, the Woolworth Building was the tallest in the...
12/01/2018

Experience Christmas at the Woolworth Building!
Beloved by all who know it, the Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world for 17 years and remains the most beautiful of all the NYC skyscrapers. Be dazzled by the details!
Trip Advisor rated: “Don’t miss this tour…”

10/02/2018

Open House NY is all about getting in to hidden New York City. This year come see this hidden gem. Learn about how the biggest retail tycoon changed the NY skyline forever. Experience the grandeur. Take a tour of the Woolworth Building. 30-Minutes for $20 bucks. Trip Advisor rated 4.75 stars.

Got $20 Bucks and 30 Minutes?Experience hidden NYC like never before.  Learn the amazing story of how the world's bigges...
09/18/2018

Got $20 Bucks and 30 Minutes?
Experience hidden NYC like never before. Learn the amazing story of how the world's biggest retail tycoon and the most famous architect of the day changed the New York skyline forever. Tours daily, starting at $20/person. Rated Top Tour. "This was the best tour of my vacation...not to be missed" - Ed, 6/2018

In September NYC welcomes the world for the U.S. Open, Fashion Week, the U.N. General Assembly, and the Woolworth Buildi...
09/06/2018

In September NYC welcomes the world for the U.S. Open, Fashion Week, the U.N. General Assembly, and the Woolworth Building welcomes New York! Book a tour of the magnificent lobby in what was once the tallest building in the world.

Hanging around NYC this summer?  Take a Smart-cation!Experience the building that changed the NYC skyline forever.Learn ...
08/14/2018

Hanging around NYC this summer? Take a Smart-cation!
Experience the building that changed the NYC skyline forever.
Learn how the biggest retail tycoon and the star-architect of the day built the tallest building in the world.
Be Amazed!
Take a Woolworth Tour.

We just gave a tour to the Docents from the National September 11th Memorial and Museum which is just a couple of blocks...
06/10/2018

We just gave a tour to the Docents from the National September 11th Memorial and Museum which is just a couple of blocks away. We'd be happy to set up a custom tour of both the Woolworth Building and the 9/11 Memorial for your group of 10 friends. Learn the fascinating history of lower Manhattan in the early 1900s and learn about how the City recovered from the 9/11 catastrophe.

We are so happy to be in the Hall of Fame and awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the 5th year i...
05/25/2018

We are so happy to be in the Hall of Fame and awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the 5th year in a row. Thank you so much to all of our customers who wrote reviews. We really appreciate it!

Christmas at the Woolworth Building.
12/18/2017

Christmas at the Woolworth Building.

See this great Mornings on Fox News 5 segment about the Woolworth Building Lobby tours and the newly renovated condos in...
08/22/2017
Inside Remodeled Woolworth Building

See this great Mornings on Fox News 5 segment about the Woolworth Building Lobby tours and the newly renovated condos in the building's high-rise tower.

Rosanna Scotto takes you inside the remodeled Woolworth Building in Manhattan.

"Whether you’re deeply interested in the history and architecture of the building or merely want a better understanding ...
07/28/2017
Woolworth Building Tour

"Whether you’re deeply interested in the history and architecture of the building or merely want a better understanding of its significance in New York City history, we’d recommend checking out the various tour offerings to see if one of them is." - The Urban Scoop

Tour of iconic building closed to public

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07/28/2017

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Thanks to the incredibly talented NYC photographer Kelly Kopp for joining us on a tour this weekend. Looking for a great...
07/23/2017

Thanks to the incredibly talented NYC photographer Kelly Kopp for joining us on a tour this weekend. Looking for a great #Summer activity in #NYC? We offer tours daily starting at $20 exclusively at www.woolworthtours.com

Got 30 Minutes ... Got $20 Bucks?  "Some of the most beautiful NYC buildings, coolest abandoned places and most exclusiv...
07/12/2017
Eight things in NYC you can only do on guided tours

Got 30 Minutes ... Got $20 Bucks?
"Some of the most beautiful NYC buildings, coolest abandoned places and most exclusive social clubs will only allow a few lucky tour groups inside. That’s an experience you definitely won’t get on a hop-on hop-off bus." - Time Out New York

These guided tours in NYC allow you into places you’d never be able to visit otherwise, including an abandoned subway station and gold vault

How town summer in the city 🌇
06/19/2017

How town summer in the city 🌇

We are loving this  beautiful #WoolworthBuilding artwork! 🖌
06/08/2017

We are loving this beautiful #WoolworthBuilding artwork! 🖌

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Very informative
Bob Gelber gave an amazing tour!
We need your help to Save Seaside State Park. This was the last building designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect for the Woolworth Building. The future of Seaside State Park is threatened, and the Cass Gilbert buildings may be demolished. Attend this important meeting or contact us to learn more.😮
Christmas at Woolworth Building, NYC. Come take a tour and learn how the biggest retail tycoon and the most famous architect created the tallest building in the world in 1913 and changed the NY skyline forever. Tours 2pm daily.
Are your having more tours and if so where could I find a schedule? Thank you.