Get Acquainted With the West Side on a 5-Hour Introductory Tour
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Experience the architectural beauty and rich history of Long Island City through the lens of a fun, inspiring photography walking tour. From its early days as a vital center of transportation and manufacturing, to its rebirth as a community for artists, Long Island City has seen many changes throughout the centuries. The contrasts in this neighborhood of old and new, brick and glass, rough and refined, offer photographers -- both amateur and professional -- a plethora of opportunities for dynamic compositions. This two-hour tour takes you to some of the most picturesque points in the city, from the historic Long Island City Courthouse to the city's scenic waterfront, which offers spectacular vistas of the Manhattan skyline. Learn More
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My wife and I were visiting from Chicago (we've been to NY several times now, but never "explored" the city like we wanted to) and went on this tour yesterday and to say that it was GREAT is truly an "understatement" (smile)! Our tour guide Fred Pflantzer was EXTRAORDINARILY KNOWLEDGABLE and simply a VERY PLEASANT AND FUN guy to be around and to DEFINITELY have as a tour guide (smile). Fred tailored the tour according to the "pulse" of what the tour participants were anxious to see......or NOT see for that matter, lol (smile). In essence, he was OVERLY ACCOMODATING and "anxious" to do whatever was necesssary to ensure that you had a GOOD TIME on the tour. My wife and I were TRULY IMPRESSED and it exceeded our wildest expectations by far (smile)! Fred is a CLASS ACT and I TRULY RECOMMEND this tour for ANYBODY that wants an INTIMATE, COZY, FIRST-CLASS experience of NY. I have never ridden the "on & off" bus to tour a city, and after this.......I don't think I ever will, lol (smile).
This tour offers a perfect balance between riding in a small comfortable vehicle and walking, where we’ll get out to explore enchanting Central Park, the mansions of the Gilded Age along Fifth Avenue, and then down to the remarkable Grand Central Station to see one of the most beautiful buildings in the world — and this is just the first half of your tour.
For lunch, the tour stops at either one of two places: the extensive and diverse food court in Grand Central Terminal, where you can sample a broad variety of foods as well as NY’s famous Juniors Cheese cake, or perhaps we’ll head to Madison Square to Eataly, a destination stop with a collection of Italian specialty shops and eateries. For those who would prefer something other than Italian, the area around Eataly at 23rd and 5th Avenue offers a number of restaurants to choose from. Included are Chop’t, Pret a Manger, Lenny’s, and the Eisenberg Sandwich Shop, just to name a few.
After lunch, the tour heads down to Washington Square Park to walk the meal off in Greenwich Village. It’s a unique part of town that was actually one of Gotham’s first suburbs, with cobblestone streets lined with beautiful homes, some even dating from the early 1800s. Emma Lazarus, Bob Dylan, Edith Wharton, Cary Grant, and Dylan Thomas have called the Village home. Today, Julia Roberts, Anderson Cooper, and Anna Wintour, to name a few, reside here.
The excursion continues south. To travel south on the Island of New York is to head back through time to the epoch of the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. The Financial District, Wall Street, and the winding streets and alleys of lower Manhattan are the oldest parts of the city. We will pass through these areas as we make our way over to the Winter Garden to view the new World Trade Center.
Complimentary bottled water is available on all tours.
Walking is involved in the tour, so please dress appropriately for the weather.
Bring cash for the subway ride back.