Step back in time to gaslight-era New York City on the “Pages to Pavement” walking tour offered by Street Smarts N.Y. I recently took the tour and enjoyed the 2 1/2 hour walk through Washington Square, Gramercy Park, and other neighborhoods as our guide, Ellen, showed us settings from seven novels set in the mid- to late-1800s — Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, Henry James’ Washington Square, E.L. Doctorow’s merchants-house-museumRagtime, Jack Finney’s Time and Again and From Time to Time, and Caleb Carr’s The Alienist and Angel of Darkness.

Highlights for me were learning fun facts like how Teddy Roosevelt appears in five of the seven novels, hearing about the connection between Washington Square and the Merchant’s House Museum (right) and seeing Grace Church, where May Welland and Newland Archer are married in The Age of Innocence and where Edith Wharton, whose family was part of the city’s Gilded Age elite, was baptized.

If you’d like some exercise along with a foray into literary history, the next From Pages to Pavement tour takes place this Saturday, November 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. –Shannon McKenna Schmidt