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Last week I have visited an unusual exhibition at the Butler Library of the Columbia University. Its author and curator is Katia Shraga (link to her profile is on my FB page, go there through my bio). She is working at the library and she invited me, organized a visitor's pass and showed me everything herself.

This is a collection of (sometimes private) items that tell the story of a Ukrainian movement towards freedom since 2004.
It's organized for now in 4 vitrines:
- the Orange Revolution;
- Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity 2013/2014;
- Ukrainian unprecedented volunteer movements;
- the hybrid war of 2014-2022.

Another part about the first months of the new active phase of invasion started on February 24th is coming, materials are being gathered.

Some items are personally precious for Katia, she talks of them and people they represent with deep fondness and sadness, we both cried over them.

Come to this exhibition and bring your loved ones, see our thorny way, learn our recent history. Katia says she will gladly donate her time to those who are interested. Please message her on Facebook to arrange the date and organizational details.

#supportukraine #razomforukraine #ukrainianhistory #columbiauniversity #butlerlibrary
For the first time ever I did a FAM today for @guidesofnyc. It was a tour of Ukrainian Village starting at Cooper Square and ending at Shevchenko Scientific Society. We talked about old Surma store (lost), St George Church, Ukrainian Festival, looked at a wing of a Penn Station Eagle, learned the word "pysanky" while discussing Ukrainian Museum collections, discovered Ukraine themed mosaics by Jim Powers, talked about Veselka of course and the Ukrainian National Home but also learned of Ukrainian roots of the 2nd ave deli (moved) and found out about the All Saints church's history. At the end I gathered donations for @razom.for.ukraine and we got $247! Thank you GANYC!

There is always a need for more so friends please donate if you can, any amount helps Ukraine.

#ukrainianvillage #littleukraine #supportukraine #razomforukraine #newyorkguide #tourofnewyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #eastvillage #ganyc #guidesofnyc
"A sense of enlarged freedom". Frederick Law Olmsted just turned 200 last month. Let's celebrate him and Calvert Vaux this Sunday by exploring the secrets of Central Park. This tour is part 1 of 2 digging into less known facts about everyone's favorite park: what was there before, is there anything left to see, how had the park changed and why, is it changing now, is it going according to plan? I have a lot of questions and a lot of answers!

I will lead 3 tours on Sunday May 29th: English language is 10am to noon, Russian - 13:00 to 15:00, Ukrainian - 16:00 to 18:00.
Please go to the link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/visit-new-york-city-17789280347
... and get tickets on Eventbrite, it's $25 per person.

#centralparktour #centralpark #newyork #manhattan #newyorkguide #tourguide #tourofnewyork #visitnyc
MASA at Rockefeller Center, part 2. This time I went underground to the rink level gallery for more contemporary Mexican art. This is the old post office space, where I collectively spent hours standing in lines over the years. The post office moved recently and this visit today was strangely nostalgic, especially since some areas previously closed to the public are now open, including the employee restrooms. I loved the art, my favorites were brass rod lamps by Héctor Esrawe on the wall in a caged room (ex postal prison?). I kept looking into the light that seemed to go somehow beyond the wall it was shining on, the experience was strangely meditative (photos 3 and 4).
Go check it out, it's gone June 24th.

#rockefellercenter #art #gallery #newyorkart #newyorkguide #manhattan #newyorktour #visitnyc #newyork
I don't usually enjoy fashion exhibitions but this one is kind of about American history.
The first thing you see as you enter is a coat owned by George Washington (he probably wore it to his inauguration). Just last Sunday on my Colonial History tour I showed this photo to illustrate the monumental event. By the way it happened at Federal Hall on Wall street and the exhibit space is accessed through the façade of the US Branch Bank that used to be just next door between 1831 and 1915.
Nearby is another coat, this one was worn by Lincoln when he was assassinated. It's missing pieces because the public was briefly allowed to cut off some for mementos.
Needless to say this room was the high point for me. I have spent here more time than in the rest of the exhibition.
The good thing about it is that movie directors were invited to set scenes in which costumes are presented, the mannequins placed in American
Wing period rooms were playing roles; the scenes were sometimes narrated and sometimes there were video clips playing.
The biggest space - the Wright room - was given to Martin Scorsese. But I enjoyed most the setting by Autumn de Wilde. This room looked the most natural and was the most fun for studying the costumes. I also liked Regina King's and Sophia Coppola's. Although the latter probably because she used 2 of my favorite period rooms - McKim, Mead and White Stair Hall and the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room.
Check out the photos and go to the Met!

#metmuseum #anthologyoffashion #newyork #manhattan #newyorkguide #tourguide #touristguide #metropolitanmuseum #fashionexhibition #mettour #inAmerica
Intervención/Intersección is an exhibition by Mexico City gallery MASA taking place in Rockefeller Center right now. Most of it is indoors on the lower (Rink) level (until June 24) but here are some interesting installations you may encounter around Rock Plaza (until June 10).

1. Alma Allen - Not Yet Titled. It's about an indistinguishability of good and bad luck;

2, 5. Pia Camil - Air Out Your Dirty Laundry. Instead of the usual UN flags - community clothesline! Clothing gathered from Mexico City residents;

3. Mario García Torres - Acapulco Chairs. Classic Acapulco chairs carved out of onyx and marble boulders gathered in Mexico;

4. EWE Studio - Símbolo Bench. Inspired by the form of Mexican ritual objects, blends empathic roughness with pristine atttention.
Step into my office.
Since it reopened I prefer to work at the completely refurbished Mid-Manhattan Branch, rechristened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on 40th street but sometimes when I'm not paying close attention my legs bring me to the 3rd floor of the Main Branch and to the grandiose Rose Main Reading Room.

#tourresearch #newyorkguide #newyorktour #newyork #library #nypl #fifthavenue #mainbranch #rosemainreadingroom
Follow me along the Wall, the northern border of New Amsterdam
A quick walk through colonial streets of Financial District

My tour of New York colonial history is this Sunday:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/318084237517

My name is Slava Shpigel, I am a licensed guide in New York City and this is my page!

Operating as usual

Photos from Visit New York City's post 06/02/2022

Last week I have visited an unusual exhibition at the Butler Library of the Columbia University. Its author and curator is Katia Shraga (link to her profile is on my FB page, go there through my bio). She is working at the library and she invited me, organized a visitor's pass and showed me everything herself.

This is a collection of (sometimes private) items that tell the story of a Ukrainian movement towards freedom since 2004.
It's organized for now in 4 vitrines:
- the Orange Revolution;
- Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity 2013/2014;
- Ukrainian unprecedented volunteer movements;
- the hybrid war of 2014-2022.

Another part about the first months of the new active phase of invasion started on February 24th is coming, materials are being gathered.

Some items are personally precious for Katia, she talks of them and people they represent with deep fondness and sadness, we both cried over them.

Come to this exhibition and bring your loved ones, see our thorny way, learn our recent history. Katia says she will gladly donate her time to those who are interested. Please message her on Facebook to arrange the date and organizational details.

Photos from Visit New York City's post 06/01/2022

For the first time ever I did a FAM today for @guidesofnyc. It was a tour of Ukrainian Village starting at Cooper Square and ending at Shevchenko Scientific Society. We talked about old Surma store (lost), St George Church, Ukrainian Festival, looked at a wing of a Penn Station Eagle, learned the word "pysanky" while discussing Ukrainian Museum collections, discovered Ukraine themed mosaics by Jim Powers, talked about Veselka of course and the Ukrainian National Home but also learned of Ukrainian roots of the 2nd ave deli (moved) and found out about the All Saints church's history. At the end I gathered donations for @razom.for.ukraine and we got $247! Thank you GANYC!

There is always a need for more so friends please donate if you can, any amount helps Ukraine.

05/26/2022

"A sense of enlarged freedom". Frederick Law Olmsted just turned 200 last month. Let's celebrate him and Calvert Vaux this Sunday by exploring the secrets of Central Park. This tour is part 1 of 2 digging into less known facts about everyone's favorite park: what was there before, is there anything left to see, how had the park changed and why, is it changing now, is it going according to plan? I have a lot of questions and a lot of answers!

I will lead 3 tours on Sunday May 29th: English language is 10am to noon, Russian - 13:00 to 15:00, Ukrainian - 16:00 to 18:00.
Please go to the link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/visit-new-york-city-17789280347
... and get tickets on Eventbrite, it's $25 per person.

Photos from Visit New York City's post 05/25/2022

MASA at Rockefeller Center, part 2. This time I went underground to the rink level gallery for more contemporary Mexican art. This is the old post office space, where I collectively spent hours standing in lines over the years. The post office moved recently and this visit today was strangely nostalgic, especially since some areas previously closed to the public are now open, including the employee restrooms. I loved the art, my favorites were brass rod lamps by Héctor Esrawe on the wall in a caged room (ex postal prison?). I kept looking into the light that seemed to go somehow beyond the wall it was shining on, the experience was strangely meditative (photos 3 and 4).
Go check it out, it's gone June 24th.

Photos from Visit New York City's post 05/19/2022

I don't usually enjoy fashion exhibitions but this one is kind of about American history.
The first thing you see as you enter is a coat owned by George Washington (he probably wore it to his inauguration). Just last Sunday on my Colonial History tour I showed this photo to illustrate the monumental event. By the way it happened at Federal Hall on Wall street and the exhibit space is accessed through the façade of the US Branch Bank that used to be just next door between 1831 and 1915.
Nearby is another coat, this one was worn by Lincoln when he was assassinated. It's missing pieces because the public was briefly allowed to cut off some for mementos.
Needless to say this room was the high point for me. I have spent here more time than in the rest of the exhibition.
The good thing about it is that movie directors were invited to set scenes in which costumes are presented, the mannequins placed in American
Wing period rooms were playing roles; the scenes were sometimes narrated and sometimes there were video clips playing.
The biggest space - the Wright room - was given to Martin Scorsese. But I enjoyed most the setting by Autumn de Wilde. This room looked the most natural and was the most fun for studying the costumes. I also liked Regina King's and Sophia Coppola's. Although the latter probably because she used 2 of my favorite period rooms - McKim, Mead and White Stair Hall and the Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room.
Check out the photos and go to the Met!

Photos from Visit New York City's post 05/16/2022

Intervención/Intersección is an exhibition by Mexico City gallery MASA taking place in Rockefeller Center right now. Most of it is indoors on the lower (Rink) level (until June 24) but here are some interesting installations you may encounter around Rock Plaza (until June 10).

1. Alma Allen - Not Yet Titled. It's about an indistinguishability of good and bad luck;

2, 5. Pia Camil - Air Out Your Dirty Laundry. Instead of the usual UN flags - community clothesline! Clothing gathered from Mexico City residents;

3. Mario García Torres - Acapulco Chairs. Classic Acapulco chairs carved out of onyx and marble boulders gathered in Mexico;

4. EWE Studio - Símbolo Bench. Inspired by the form of Mexican ritual objects, blends empathic roughness with pristine atttention.

05/13/2022

Step into my office.
Since it reopened I prefer to work at the completely refurbished Mid-Manhattan Branch, rechristened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library on 40th street but sometimes when I'm not paying close attention my legs bring me to the 3rd floor of the Main Branch and to the grandiose Rose Main Reading Room.

05/13/2022

Follow me along the Wall, the northern border of New Amsterdam

Visit New York City added a View Shop button to their Page. 05/11/2022

Visit New York City added a View Shop button to their Page.

Visit New York City added a View Shop button to their Page.

Visit New York City added a View Shop button to their Page. 05/11/2022

Visit New York City added a View Shop button to their Page.

Visit New York City added a View Shop button to their Page.

05/11/2022

Financial District walk time lapse

A quick walk through colonial streets of Financial District

My tour of New York colonial history is this Sunday:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/318084237517

Visit New York City updated their phone number. 05/11/2022

Visit New York City updated their phone number.

Visit New York City updated their phone number.

05/07/2022

Did a rare tour of radical Greenwich Village on May 1st

Photos from Visit New York City's post 05/02/2022

Together with Sasha @lookatbabylon did a tour of radical Greenwich Village today, two tours actually, one right after the other. 5 hours of straight talking and 22K steps but worth it: got $542 for Ukrainian Armed Forces through @savelife.in.ua and already donated.

My favorite stop was at Marie's Crisis where I talk about a nearly forgotten radical Thomas Paine who died in the building and his "Common Sense" that helped turn people's minds towards Independence and the American Revolution in 1776.

Thank you everyone who came and donated!



04/28/2022

Walking tours season is open! Welcome to New York!

My name is Slava and I am a New York City licensed guide.

Check out my new (almost finished) website: ivisit.nyc (link in bio). There you will find a schedule of my group walking tours going into June. For now it's 4 Sundays: Colonial History, NYC Historic Center, Central Park Secrets and Morningside Heights but many more are coming!
I will take a break on June 12 (we hike 40+ miles of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail on the 11th so I won't be able to move for a couple days) and come back guiding the weekend after that. Stay tuned!

So that you won't miss anything subscribe to my mailing list (link in the menu on ivisit.nyc), I promise not to bug you often.

Note: 10% of my profit goes to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. 🇺🇦

See you in New York!

04/27/2022

Объявляется сезон групповых экскурсий 2022!

Расписание уже готово до середины июня.
1 мая у нас с @lookatbabylon двойная благотворительная экскурсия (есть ещё 5 билетов), а потом с 15 мая по 5 июня приглашаю на экскурсии каждое воскресенье. 12 июня перерыв, а дальше объявлю дополнительно.

В этом сезоне я ставлю на себе эксперимент на выносливость и попробую делать 3 экскурсии в один день: на английском, русском и украинском.
Например, 15 мая - колониальная история Финансового района: утром - in English, днём - на русском, вечером - україньскою.

На каждую экскурсию доступно 20 билетов - по $25 (все сборы и налоги включены).

10% всего моего дохода идёт на ЗСУ, обычно сюда: @savelife.in.ua
(50% мы долго не потянули :-\ )

🇺🇦 Є знижка на групові екскурсії українською мовою - 50% за промо-кодом PALIANYTSIA

Расписание, описания, фото, карты маршрутов, ссылки на билеты есть на моём новом (почти готовом) сайте: ivisit.nyc
Ссылка в био.

(старый visitnyc.ru больше работать не будет; пока домен активен там висит послание русскому кораблю)

На всякий случай подчеркну, что не работаю с жителями рф. Те групповые экскурсии, что на русском языке - для местных или для мигрантов-туристов. Проверить это я никак не могу, так что надеюсь, что сами не придут.

На новом сайте есть форма для подписки (кнопка "SUBSCRIBE" в меню) - оставьте свой имейл и имя, если удобнее получать новости о моих новых экскурсиях по почте. Рассылка на английском, но там всё будет просто.

Пожалуйста, приглашайте друзей, особенно на англоязычные экскурсии! Я стараюсь перейти на этот новый для себя рынок и мне нужна аудитория.

🇺🇦

04/17/2022

Под конец второго месяца войны оказалось, что кому-то ещё что-то неясно. Но, действительно, нужно же открыто описывать свою позицию. Чувствительным в очередной раз предлагаю не читать, а отписаться сразу (хотя вроде вышло слишком мягко).

Я желаю с***и всем русским оккупантам. Это очень неприятное чувство, я его ненавижу. И тем не менее страстно хочу, чтобы все, кто не поднял *сразу* руки, кто не дезертировал и не отказался брать оружие п****ли. Включая простых солдатиков, включая призывников. Аргументы, что они бояться своей с****и от руки командиров и за свои семьи в россии не работают. Пусть с*****т.
Проверьте себя: думаю, что я только за это ужасное чувство заслуживаю больше вашего сочувствия, чем они. Если нет, бувайте!

Русских, кто продолжает жить в рф, если они не часть подпольного революционного сопротивления (подмигните 2 раза, если не можете, то после выхода из подполья попрошу прощения), если не активно эмигрируют, если не высказываются открыто за Украину, считают, что русским сейчас геноцид, приравниваю к тем, кто ходит с Z и ненавижу. Смерти не желаю, но желаю плохой жизни, чтоб жрали г***о до конца дней.
Аргументы про то, что их уволят с работы, посадят, не будут трахать, не работают. Если в 2022м вы делаете сознательный выбор остаться и не активно бороться, по любой причине кроме серьёзных медицинских, то есть, например, дети в школе, карьера, предки в земле, недвижимость, то обиды ваши не рассматриваются и жалобы не принимаются. Вы выбрали. Изоляция - это норм, живите за забором и не ожидайте симпатии.

Вообще ко всем малознакомым русским я отношусь осторожно. Это тоже неприятное чувство, но иначе не могу. Если мы раньше близко не общались, то по моей инициативе теперь вряд ли начнём. Ваша инициатива должна начинаться как минимум с вопросов о близких и фразы Слава Украине. Кстати, почти никто пока не написал. Долгое время теперь каждый русский должен заработать право на общение и дружбу. Это звучит нечестно, но сорри. Общаться в принципе необязательно.

Я люблю тех знакомых русских, кто открыто высказывается, искренне сочувствует, поддерживает, помогает Украине. Мне сложно сейчас общаться с вами близко, это блок. Он пройдёт. Вам спасибо.

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