I have been a real estate professional for over 20 years and have lived in the Upper East Side for the last decade, and I tend to be very aware of buildings and their histories in my neighborhood. Yet in this walking tour guided by Michael Hirsch, I was made aware of architectural details I had never noticed and given the back-story of many amazing structures built throughout the last couple of centuries. This tour gives you more than an appreciation of the structures themselves, it gives color and depth to the society that created many of them, from the exclusive private clubs to the mansions of the Gilded Age that required 25-30 servants for a family of 2 or 3. You gain insight into the exorbitance of wedding gifts and the extravagance of a day gone by. In addition, you learn about the varying styles of architecture and the materials and motifs that were popular in different eras. If you live in NYC and want to learn more about your home, or if you are visiting and need to make the most of your time, this tour is DEFINITELY worthwhile! Take the time to walk the streets where Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Carnegie lived. Stroll by hotels where history has been made; peer into the past of the most exclusive private clubs in the country and learn more about the fabulous Frick Museum.