Parents Enjoy Mr. Roper’s Downtown Tour

York Prep parents gathered in front of the brass clock in the main atrium of Grand Central Terminal on Sunday, October 23, to participate in a walking tour of the city’s landmarks and historical sites.

History teacher and certified New York City tour guide Michael Roper led the group, starting with Grand Central Terminal itself, where participants learned about the building’s rich history as well as the importance of the railroad in the commercial development of New York City.

Following a short subway ride, parents visited Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Mott Street and walked around the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District and Greenwich Village. Along the route, Mr. Roper shared details about the former homes of Edgar Allan Poe, Emma Lazarus, and Mark Twain and pointed out the Provincetown Playhouse, Washington Square Park, and the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.

Mr. Roper spoke extensively about Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Cooper Union. He said, “After visiting sites commemorating great literary figures of Greenwich Village, the tour ended at Cooper Union with readings from the most eloquent pen in United States history—that of Abraham Lincoln.”

The final stop was lunch at McSorley’s Old Ale House (established 1854), where parents enjoyed cold beverages and a tasty meal.