Experience the real New York City led by a NYC Native.
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Experience New York like the locals do, with places that are overlooked by the tour books. Learn the culture and the idioms so you can navigate the people and the place like it’s your own home.
NYC is dynamic and ever-changing. Things happen FAST! Do you want to maximize your time and experiences in NYC? Survey tours cover a lot of ground in a little time (1/2 day to 1 day) and give you an overview of districts the major sites and how to navigate mass transit. It’s a great tour to do upon your arrival so that you can spend the rest of your time here knowing where things are and how to get to them. Drill down tours are immersive and filter to a specific theme – like Pizza or Art Deco, architecture, museums, battles and history. Drill down tours you to the best places in the least amount of time.
Tours are offered on foot, by Citibike/bicycle or SUV transportation can be arranged for special needs. If you want to learn to navigate on your own, our survey tours will get you there in as quickly as 1/2 Day.
All tours come with research materials about the sites we see and maps about the routes we take.
NYC Landmarks and Obligatory Sites:
I recommend that visitors to New York see the “obligatory sites” on their own, then meet up with a tour before or after. You don’t need a tour guide to see:
- Statue of Liberty
- Ellis Island
- Top of the Empire State Building
- World Trade Center Memorial
- Central Park
- Times Square
- New York Public Library.
- The Tenement Museum
Survey tours are a great way to start your visit to New York. You’ll see many neighborhoods on each tour and learn to “feel” when they change. You’ll also learn how to navigate the various transit systems and the street grid so the rest of your time in NYC will be quicker and easier to navigate around The City.
Listed with each tour you’ll find a ‘Connectors’ section which informs you which popular sites you can see on your own that are proximate in location to the end of a tour.
Survey Tour #1: Give my regards to Broadway
“New, New York to Old New York”
1 Full Day on Foot – $100 per person for up to 12 participants
1/2 Day – by Bicycle OR SUV. $100 per person for up to 5 participants
Start at Times Square, “crossroads of the world” and travel down Broadway to South Ferry at the lower tip of Manhattan island. You’ll see and feel the neighborhoods change as you travel through The Garment District, Koreatown, Flatiron District, Greenwich Village, SoHo, NoHo, City Hall, TriBeCa, FInancial DIstrict. Along the way you’ll see and learn how to find and return by mass transit to the major sites.
- Times Square
- The Heart of Midtown and the garment district.
- The worlds largest department store, Macy’s and Herald Square
- Korea Town
- FlatIron District, Madison Park, Flatiron Building, Eataly
- Union Square, Greenmarket
- The Little Singer Building
- City Hall
- The Woolworth Building
- Old New York
- TriBeCa (and why its spelled this way)
- Saint Pauls Chapel
- World Trade Center
- Ground Zero
- Trinity Church
- The Wall Street Bull
At the end of the tour you can have Connectors to
- Statue of Liberty Ferry, Staten Island Ferry, Governors Island Ferry, Hudson River Greenway.
- The Holocaust Museum of Jewish Heritage, Clintons Castle.
DRILL DOWN TOURS:
Art Deco & Art Neuveau in Midtown – walking tour
- Meet at Bryant Park
- See the New York Yacht Club and a unique Art Dealer
- See the Algonquin Hotel (home of vichyssoise
- Eat at a unique Urban Space food court with brands you won’t see elsewhere.
- Grand Central Terminal
- The Chrysler Building
- The Empire State Building lobby
Cheddar Cheesemakeing in the hart of the Flatiron.
*The Kosciuszko Bridge – named for Thaddius Kosciuszko, the original undocumented immigrant, whose help was instrumental in winning the revolutionary war. This new bridge is a suitable monument to undocumented immigrants throughout the USA. The first new bridge in NYC in over 50 years and it’s gorgeous! The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway crosses Newtown Creek over the new Kosciusko bridge. The north/westbound span is in Queens, the south/eastbound span is in Brooklyn. Together they welcome the future and pay homage to the Brooklyn Bridge. DUKBO is the neighborhood beneath it.
- Oreo Cookies were invented here.
- It’s the orginal National Biscuit Company factory re-purposed.
- Don’t Miss Bueno Italia in the basement.
The High Line Park – NOT TO BE MISSED
The high line was an elevated railroad that ran down the west side of manhattan bringing in raw materials for industry and carrying away completed goods for sale. It was shut down decades ago and was inaccessible for decades. A natural ecosystem developed there. A few years ago someone went out of a window that overlooked the Highline and went for a walk and came up with the idea that it would make a great park. It is. it’s a must see and is conveniently and easily combined with a stop in the Chelsea Market.
Square Root – hyper local herbs from brooklyn.
Brooklyn Seltzer – let’s talk about seltzer – grandparents and gennedy in virginia beach.
- Di Faro
- NY Pizza Supreme
- Prince Street Pizza
*The Tenement Museum – NOT TO BE MISSED
Crown Finish Caves Affinage
water Taxi ride to Paulus hook
staten island ferry ride
Bleecker Street Food Tour + Highline and Chelsea Market
Bleecker Street Food Tour + Highline and Chelsea Market.
- tom otterness in central jersey.