The NYC Urban Explorer series is a set of architectural activity guides designed to facilitate observation and engagement with New York City’s built environment. Each Urban Explorer Guide provides context and hands-on activities suitable for youth to explore a notable architecture site in New York City with a family member or teacher.

Print one of the guides below and plan a visit to learn about the architecture of New York City! Use #CFAexplores to share your experience.

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Brooklyn Borough Hall

Learn about this important institutional building and practice building a model cupola! Located at 209 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn.

1150 Grand Concourse

Learn about this unique residential building and discover the importance of ornamentation! Located at 1150 Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

Museum at Eldridge Street

Learn about the significance of this landmarked synagogue and build a model to explore ideas about arches and masonry construction! Located at 12 Eldridge Street in Manhattan.

Please note that the Museum is open Sunday through Thursday from 10am – 5pm and on Friday from 10am – 3pm. The Museum is closed on Saturdays and on major Jewish and national holidays. Families that present a printed copy of this activity guide will be granted free admission to view the inside of the building.

Jefferson Market Library

Learn about the special history of this building and build a scale model of its clock tower! Located at 425 6th Avenue in Manhattan.

Queens Theatre

Learn about this theatre and its special relationship to the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park! Located at 14 United nations Avenue South in Queens.

Mariners Harbor Library

Learn about the unique design of this library and build a model to explore some ideas about structure! Located at 206 South Avenue in Staten Island.