New York’s art beat

Financial District, New York City

New York’s art beat

Led by connoisseur of bold creativity Alan Cohen, this illuminating art tour shows how New York expresses itself.

NYC’s public artworks hold a mirror up to the city, directly addressing the human experience: together, they commemorate, challenge, disrupt and inspire. Native New Yorker and lover of large-scale artwork Cohen plots a course through the Financial District’s most creative corners to show that often art initiates life.

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Alan Cohen

Your insider

Alan Cohen

Past master

Born in Brooklyn and resident in Manhattan, Alan Cohen is himself enmeshed in NYC’s history. His PhD in psychology and professorial career have been enhanced by pavement pounding, unearthing a trove of native tales and inspiring his enduring fascination with local heroes and villains. Cohen is an official guide at the Central Park Conservancy, docent at the Museum of the City of New York and a licensed NYC sightseeing guide: a mile in his shoes is truly half a millennium in history.

Down to a fine art: see soaring sculptures and immersive installations liven up the Financial District

2 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:30 and 15:30
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What you'll see
New York City is the cynosure of the modern-art world, but some of its most fascinating pieces aren’t confined within the white walls of prestige galleries. In-the-know New Yorker Alan Cohen will show you the grand-scale, socially aware and playful pieces of public art dotted throughout the Financial District, tracking more than a century of sculptures, murals, memorials and interactive installations.
What you'll learn
New York’s public artworks were commissioned as part of the 19th-century’s City Beautiful Movement. Some delineate historic moments (the East Coast Memorial, Luis Sanguino’s The Immigrants), some are playful (the rideable Seaglass Carousel, Noguchi’s Sunken Garden), and some court controversy (Kristen Visbal’s Fearless Girl). Learn why Seward Johnson’s Double Check was mistaken for a 9/11 victim, the symbolism of Daniel Chester French’s Four Continents and the secrets the sun reveals at the Korean War Veterans’ Memorial.
Experience location
You will gather at a point between Broadway and Liberty Street; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.