Mike has re-created his walking tour as closely as possible, virtually, through ZOOM. The tour incorporates a whole lot of the signature Mike Kaback schmaltz thrown in for good measure, including his Grandmother, Momeleh. (Who wouldn’t wax nostalgic?) The ZOOM session even manages to include visits to several garment factories, both present day and of yore.
To register for the tour, interested parties should e-mail Mike Kaback (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive the ZOOM link. Please be sure to have the subject read "Virtual Garment District Educational History Walking Tour".
FREE Virtual Garment District NYC Educational History Walking Tour
Over the years I have entertained and instructed many groups of fashion interested adults and students from organizations and schools across the USA and Canada.
The tour that I will do is about 2 hours in duration and contains most of the following:
I myself, have spent over 35 years in the industry in many different capacities and am able to relay interesting anecdotes that I have witnessed first hand, such as the evolution of Children’s Flammable Sleepwear & how garments are designed costed produced, marketed, financed and more.
Telephone: (917) 952-4610
Your guide, born and raised on the Lower East Side strolls with you through this ever-changing neighborhood. Visit the various religious and cultural institutions including the Educational Alliance, orthodox tenement shuls, the RJJ and Seward Park. Sample the experience of your grandparents. Grab a bialy at Kossars, a perfect dill pickle and visit Streitz’s Matzoh factory. Play a quick game of hopscotch, stoop ball or skully — become a genuine Lower East Sider for the afternoon. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes!
DURATION: approximately 2 hours
Take a hike with your learned guide to uncover the secrets of many of New York’s greatest neighborhoods and structures including the U.N., Chrysler Building, Grand Central, Times Square, Herald Square, Flatiron, 5th Avenue, NY Public Library, Bryant Park, Broadway, Herald Square and much more! Tip: Wear comfortable shoes & bring cash for a pizza or a bagel!
DURATION: 5 - 6 hours
Spend some time exploring and learning about one of New York City’s most interesting areas: the home of the Flatiron Building, the original Madison Square Garden, “23 Skidoo,” and the center of NYC social life in the mid-19th century. Walk through an urban oasis while soaking in tales of the city’s amazing history.
This tour examines the area in and around Madison Ave where it intersects Fifth Ave.
The history includes, Stanford White’s many contributions including his affair with a 15 year old showgirl; 23rd St., former site of Fao Schwarz, The Eden Musee, and Ajeeb the chess playing “Automaton”, Tin Pan Alley, The former Delmonico’s home of Lobster Newburgh. NY Life Insurance building, home of the first and second Madison Square Garden, Famous Statues: Wm. Seward, General Worth Monument, Farragut Monument and The Met Life Building, once the tallest in NYC. Reverend Parkhurst, Winston Churchill’s Mom, Jenny Jerome. The 69th Regiment Armory, and the Ashcan School of Art. All this and much more! This tour is sponsored by the flatiron/23rd st partnership. Make sure to check out their webpage .
DURATION: 1.5 - 2 hours