Celebrate Art Deco New York’s Architecture, Music and Decorative Arts

Posted on Apr 11, 2017

The term Art Deco started in the 1960’s and referred to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. The Art Deco period ranges from the 1920’s to the 1940’s and includes skyscrapers in Manhattan and apartment buildings in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.  The materials used depends upon when the buildings were constructed.  Jazz Age 1920’s used more elaborate materials than Depression 1930’s buildings.


The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920’s

The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste during the creative explosion of the 1920s, The Jazz Age is a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Giving full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age defines the American spirit of the period.

Judith Leiber, Creating A New York Story

Judith Leiber spent sixty-five years in the handbag industry, from an apprentice in Budapest to the owner of an internationally renowned handbag company based in New York City. As the only female pattern-maker, and with the unusual ability to make a handbag from start to finish, Leiber brought a distinctly European training and skill set to the United States, where handbags were made with assembly-line skill division. This allowed her not only to succeed as a designer, but also to revolutionize the meaning of handbag craftsmanship for the American consumer. Her Art Deco styles are fabulous pieces of art.

Music and Entertainment:


The New American Musical takes you back to the Swing Era of big bands and the bright lights of New York.

Legends of Jazz in Queens:

Embark on a journey through the history of jazz music on this exclusive and exciting tour. Travel to Queens and explore the legendary Addisleigh Park neighborhood, home to many notable African Americans and jazz greats throughout history. View the homes of iconic figures such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Count Basie, and James Brown. Learn about the cultural legacy of jazz music in New York by viewing the St. Albans Congregational Church and the Addisleigh Park jazz mural. Finally, enjoy a private tour of the Louis Armstrong House Museum during which you will have the chance to visit his home. View rare artifacts and listen to home audio recordings from the King of Jazz himself.

Stroll through Greenwich Village, cocktails and Jazz

Walk the tree-lined streets and see the private homes from Federal Style architecture right through contemporary.  The history of the neighborhood is complex as it moved from fields and streams to the center of Bohemian life.  There are more jazz clubs in this neighborhood than any other and we’ll enjoy brunch and hear some great jazz!

Harlem’s Jazz Scene:

Harlem has been home to a wide variety of jazz styles.  You’ll visit 3 of the best locations, learning about the greats with your own personal jazz expert.  Hear the stories the famous Apollo Theater!  The list of performers is the who’s who of the music industry.  From Ella Fitzgerald to the Jackson Five, every Wednesday is Amateur Night. Hear about The Cotton Club and Duke Ellington; The Savoy Ballroom and the invention of the Lindy Hop. Learn about Minton’s Playhouse, a beautiful and sophisticated spot with creative food honoring African American roots.  Hear about the discovery of Bebop, all of which played pivotal roles in the development of jazz and brought the world’s attention to Harlem during the Prohibition Era and beyond.

The neighborhood of Harlem is changing and repeat visitors will find new and exciting elements on each visit.


The Neighborhoods of New York have treasures from the Art Deco period.  You may have passed by these gems and always wondered about their architects and the people that lived or work in them.  Choose from any or all 15 Art Deco strolls through New York’s neighborhoods with our expert architectural historians!

  • Bowling Green to Wall Street
  • Civic Center and TriBeCa
  • Murray Hill to Gramercy Park
  • The Garment District
  • Forty-Second Street East to West
  • From Beekman Place to Rockefeller Center to Broadway
  • From Bloomingdale’s to Columbus Avenue
  • The Upper West Side: Central Park West
  • Upper West Side: Broadway and Riverside Drive
  • Upper East Side
  • Washington Heights
  • The Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Staten Island

Contact a Discover New York Destination Specialist to select the perfect experience, or custom design one just for you and take advantage of the fabulous Art Deco opportunities.

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