New York City, New York audio tour: INFINITE CITY #7: Mansions, Murder and Monoliths

INFINITE CITY #7: Mansions, Murder and Monoliths

Walking Tour

25 mins

About the Tour

INFINITE CITY is a series of walking tours exploring New York City in endless detail. This is the seventh tour in the series.

On this thirty-minute tour, we’ll walk two loops around a single block in the Flatiron District. Each successive trip reveals another layer of information about the people and buildings. On the first loop, you’ll learn about the events that unfolded on this block, including the development of the city’s main transportation depot, the construction of an extravagant mansion, and the rooftop murder of an architect. Then, on the second loop, you’ll hear about the architectural history that’s hidden within the buildings on this block, past and present.

Join us on a walking tour unlike any other where, by putting this city block under a microscope, you’ll learn about:

• The paupers’ grave beneath the park
• Massive insurance empires
• The New York and Harlem Railroad Depot
• Herman Melville’s last home
• The original Madison Square Garden
• Tiffany’s ascension

Each tour in the INFINITE CITY series is an accumulation of a particular place’s memories and an obsessive compendium of its often overlooked minutiae. Keep a look out for more tours in the series on VoiceMap’s app soon!

Tour Producer


Akiva Saunders

Akiva Saunders is a New York City teacher who uses technology and software to explore the frontiers of education. He is the chair of Latin at the Latin/Greek Institute, a teacher in the NYC public school system and a founder of Spectacle Theater, a microcinema in Brooklyn now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Major Landmarks

  • Madison Square Park

  • The Flatiron Building

  • Appellate Division Courthouse of the New York State Supreme Court

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins across the street from the North Eastern side of Madison Square Park. Stand facing the park, you'll see a playground in the park a little to your right. You’ll be at the North East corner of Madison Avenue and East 25th Street. Nearby subways include the F, N, R and 6 lines.

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Places to stop along the way

Madison Square Park, Shake Shack, Mexicue

Best time of day



Stay aware of traffic, especially bicyclists who can come from both directions.


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INFINITE CITY #7: Mansions, Murder and Monoliths