History teacher and certified New York City tour guide Michael Roper led a Parent Holiday Walking Tour on December 12 through various sections of downtown Manhattan. The tour began in front of the brass clock in the main atrium of Grand Central Terminal. The group learned about the building’s history and highlighted features such as the magnificent ceiling and the whispering gallery. The group also viewed the original train schedule board viewed by soldiers as they departed for war.
Participants then ventured off to explore the origins of our city’s jewels. Mr. Roper escorted them around Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, Wall Street, Federal Hall, the New York Stock Exchange, the Woolworth Building, City Hall Park, the African Burial Ground, Foley Square, the Sephardic Jewish Burial Ground, Al Smith’s Home, Chinatown, the Hamilton Custom House, and Cooper Union.
Following the tour, many in the group went on to eat lunch at McSorley’s Ale House, opened in 1854, and enjoyed corned beef hash, steak sandwiches, burgers, and homemade chicken noodle soup. Despite the heavy downpour, attendees remained in good spirits thanks to Mr. Roper, who is a spirited raconteur and an expert at drawing a crowd. It was a great, educational outing!