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NYC Five Boro Tours

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NetObjects Fusion 1&1 Edition
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In-depth, walking tours of New York City, including Brooklyn and Queens, exploring one or two areas in depth in a 2 to 4 hour period of time.    Tours given by a lifelong New Yorker and a license NYC Tour Guide.   Explore the history, culture and architecture of the city the way it should be --- on the streets of the city where you are part of the action!    Choose from my many tours below ...

 

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Most popular tours:

MIDTOWN EAST AND GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

Start with the history of the most famous railroad station in the world, see the area in and around the United Nations area, ending with the modernist architecture of Third and Park Avenue

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MIDTOWN CENTRAL AND TIMES SQUARE

Start at Times Square, the crossroads of the world, and pass through important midtown areas such as the Theater District, Rockefeller Center, Radio City, Diamond District and Fifth Avenue

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MIDTOWN WEST AND SOUTH - Penn Station/Madison Square Garden area - Chelsea - Madison Square

Walk through the busy retail district of Herald Square,discuss the evolution of Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, see the new ‘High Line’, historic Chelsea, Ladies Mile,the iconic Flatiron building and the original site of Madison Square Garden

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LOWER MANHATTAN AND 9/11 SITE

Stroll through the original part of New York City first settled in the 17th century that evolved into the commercial center of the United States and today’s Financial District.   Walk past important historic and commercial sites in Battery Park, Bowling Green, Wall Street, and City Hall.   Discuss September 11 attacks and view the World Trade Center site and project

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE AND BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

Learn about the history of the downtown Civic Center/City Hall area, walk across the icon Brooklyn Bridge, and stroll through historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and get some stunning views of Lower Manhattan

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UPPER EAST SIDE AND CENTRAL PARK

Walk through the highlights of the eastern side of Central Park and visit the historic blocks of the Upper East Side, “Millionaire’s Row”, Park Avenue, Yorkville, and the world famous “Museum Mile”

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UPPER WEST SIDE AND CENTRAL PARK

As a contrast to the "old money" of the Upper East Side, its rival to the west has evolved into one of the city's trendiest and exciting areas, not to mention its rich architectural history

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ROOSEVELT ISLAND AND NORTHWEST MIDTOWN

Explore the northwest part of Midtown Manhattan, viewing important landmarks on Madison Avenue, then head over to the tram for a unique ride to Roosevelt Island.   Get some great skyline views while walking the island and visit the FDR Four Freedoms Park overlooking the United Nations.

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CHINATOWN - LITTLE ITALY - TRIBECCA - SOHO

Explore some of the historic areas of Manhattan that have transformed from an industrial ‘rust belt’ to the city’s trendiest areas and walk through historic Little Italy and Chinatown

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GREENWICH VILLAGE - MEATPACKING - CHELSEA AND HIGH LINE

Focus first on Greenwich Village and its history as the center of political movements, bohemian life and counterculture in New York City and the nation.  View the contrast of busy avenues against quiet residential brownstones.   Then we’ll head over to the Meatpacking District and its transition from slaughterhouses to condos, followed by visiting the new High Line and historic Chelsea

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LOWER EAST SIDE AND EAST VILLAGE

Start by exploring the East Village, which evolved into distinct neighborhood of its own right only in the past generation, then a detailed look at the Lower East Side, considered the ‘home’ of American immigration, which now has become yet another trendy area.

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HISTORIC BROOKLYN - GENTRIFIED NEIGHBORHOODS OF FORT GREENE - PARK SLOPE- PROSPECT PARK

A continuation of the Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights tour above, this walk picks up from Brooklyn Heights and explores two other historic neighborhoods from the original ‘town’ and ‘city’ of Brooklyn - Fort Greene and Park Slope, ending at Prospect Park, designed by Olmsted and Vaux and opened in 1867

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LONG ISLAND CITY AND ASTORIA (QUEENS)

Long Island City is not Long Island! (well technically it is on Long Island but it IS a wonderful area right across the East River from Manhattan).  Walk past its highlights, get some great views of Midtown, then head north to the Greek neighborhood of Astoria.

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ETHNIC QUEENS VIA THE “INTERNATIONAL EXPRESS” (7 TRAIN)

Queens is considered the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, the most prominent of which are along the Flushing IRT 7 subway line.    Visit Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing Chinatown, and see the amazing mix of Thai, Indian, Filipino, Colombian, Dominican, and Ecuadorian culture.

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ETHNIC BROOKLYN Part 1

Walk through Brooklyn’s Chinatown, Boro Park, Bensonhurst; discover the Cantonese Asian community, a center of Hasidic Judiasm, the remaining Italian business on 18 Avenue, and the busy commercial strip of 86 St.

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ETHNIC BROOKLYN Part 2 AND CONEY ISLAND

Brooklyn’s Flatbush, Gravesend, Brighton Beach and Coney Island; discover a thriving African-American community and historic buildings, another ‘Chinatown’ on Avenue U, and a center of Russian culture in ‘Little Odessa by the sea’.   End in world famous Coney Island.

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NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY HISTORY TOUR

Visit historical and artistic highlights of the system in Manhattan and Brooklyn.   Discuss its role as the lifeblood of New York City, its history, the early elevated trains, the first IRT subway in 1904, the evolution of the ‘3 systems’ and the Dual Contracts.

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NEW JERSEY SKLYLINE VIEWS OF MANHATTAN

Get spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline from the west side of the Hudson River; visit Jersey City, the gentrified city of Hoboken, and Weehawken for great views of downtown and midtown

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QUEENSBOROUGH BRIDGE WALK TO ASTORIA OR LONG ISLAND CITY (QUEENS)

Starting on the Manhattan side, walk across this long and unusual bridge (the ‘Queensborough’, the ‘59 St Bridge’, the ‘Ed Koch’ Bridge) and get some great views of Manhattan.    Walk past the ‘Silvercup’ movie studio and then visit the Greek neighborhood of Astoria, or walk to the waterfront of Long Island City

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WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE WALK FROM LOWER EAST SIDE TO ”HIPSTER” WILLIAMSBURG (BROOKLYN)

When opened in 1903, this bridge connected 2 working class immigrant neighborhoods on each side, and now connects of the trendiest and gentrified areas of the city.

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MANHATTAN BRIDGE WALK FROM CHINATOWN TO BROOKLYN’S DUMBO AND BROOKLYN HEIGHTS

This bridge opened in 1909, and is one of the most busiest river crossings into Manhattan, carrying much commercial traffic and 4 subway lines.   Starting in Chinatown, after reaching the other side, discover the newly transformed DUMBO area, often seen in all sorts of media.   End in historic Brooklyn Heights.

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KIDS’S WALK - MIDTOWN MANHATTAN

Kids often see the most iconic features of Manhattan on television.   Why not walk past them in person and understand a little more about them?  Learn about the Empire State Building, Times Square, Library lions, Chrysler Building, and Grand Central Terminal.

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CUSTOMIZED TOURS, PRIVATE TOURS AND SCHOOL GROUPS....

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