Urban Design Walking Tour of the Meatpacking District & West Village

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Taught by Professor Douglas Cantelmo and Hudson River Park Educators


Douglas Cantelmo is a lecturer at St. John’s University who teaches at the Rome and NYC campuses. He teaches courses focused on urban design including “Discover New York” and “Global Passport.” These courses use comparative analysis to understand urban issues on an international scale, paying close attention to the intersection of design and livability as well as how municipal policies and private action reinvent uses for urban space. Professor Cantelmo holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics from St. John's University. His research within this concentration focused on urban governance and design issues in Rome and NYC. His thesis focused on the interplay between municipal policies and planning in Rome from Italian unification and the First World War.

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Hudson River Park is a 550 acre park and estuarine sanctuary from Chambers Street to W.59th Street in Manhattan. It includes four miles of waterfront esplanade, 16 reconstructed piers to date, four dedicated boathouses for sailing, rowing and paddling, and numerous other places to play, learn and relax. Hudson River Park’s 400 acres of sanctuary waters and the ecological abundance they support have informed virtually every aspect of park planning and operation. Every day, staff, volunteers and park partners work to make the experience of water as direct as possible for millions of visitors each year. In addition to creating access to the River itself, this includes communicating the River’s vital ecological role with a robust series free and low-cost environmental educational programs and various scientific monitoring studies on the health of the River.

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On this walking tour, we'll explore how the expansion and reinventions of New York's urban landscape have affected city life throughout the centuries. By understanding both the theories and fascinating applications of urban design, you will have a greater understanding of the transformations New York continues to experience.

The walking tour will highlight the design history of the Meatpacking District, the West Village and Hudson River ParkAlong the way, you will witness firsthand the ways in which the urban fabric is shaped by community groups, governments and individuals. 

This tour meets at Gansevoort Peninsula. Advance registration is required. 

Part of the Hudson History Walk series with Hudson River Park.



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