Experience the surprise of happening upon a spot that you would not believe is NY. Go beyond the hustle and bustle and the anonymity one associates with NY. Get to know that the neighborhoods of New York are unique and provide the “small town” ambiance one does no associate with the city.
Susan has had a lifelong interest in history (Hunter College BA in History) and in people (MSW-Rutgers) and eating, and shopping, and art, and architecture, and a natural curiosity. Through her tours she combines her interests and provides a unique experience for you.
Whether we are wondering the streets of Greenwich Village or Arthur Ave in the Bronx or City Island - the fishing village in the Bronx or the Lower East side or Chinatown at the end of the tour you should to feel, like you have been squired around the city by a friend or a relative not a tour guide.
Learn a little of this and a little of that as we stroll along east Broadway from Seward Park to Chatham Square. Explore the streets of New York's Chinese and Jewish Immigrants. See one of New York City's oldest burial grounds, the Settlement House that transformed many immigrants into U.S. citizens. We will visit several historical synagogues as well as the Church of the Transfiguration, 1st Chinese Presbyterian Church and Sung Tak Buddhist Temple. Other stops will include Mott Street, 5 Points and Canal St. Tour is approximately 2 Hours.
The company offers several types of tours: There are scheduled group tours or let us Customize an itinerary for you or your group. Susan has had a lifelong interest in history (Hunter College BA in History) and in people (MSW-Rutgers) and eating, and shopping, and art, and architecture, and a natural curiosity. Through her tours she combines her interests and provides a unique experience for you. Our company is a member of NYC&Co. Susan is a member of GANYC-the Guide Association of NYC.
Option 1: Arthur Avenue Walkabout.
Return to the 40's, 50's and 60's as we explore the Belmont section of the Bronx: New York’s "real" Little Italy. We’ll stroll the busy streets among the numerous mom and pop specialty food and gift shops and restaurants. Along the way, we'll sample the tastes that make this a destination for those in search of the best Italian specialties the city has to offer: bureks,crusty bread, olives, cheese, sausage, pastry and, of course, pizza. Once the home of the landed gentry (the Lorillards of tobacco fame) it became a mecca for Italian immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. They came to build the Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo. (A visit to either is a great way to enhance your day in the Bronx.)
During your exploration of Belmont you will:
- See the work of one of the most talented stone cutters of his day, Attilio Piccarilli, creator of the Lincoln Memorial
- Visit The Arthur Avenue Retail Market: the first enclosed market in the city
- See the cigar rollers at La Casa Grande Tobacco Co. A favorite of the cast of the Sopranos, Rudy Guiliani and many other cigar afficionados
- Visit the corner where Dion and the Belmonts sang a cappella
- Visit multiple unique food shops and taste some of their special treat
- Witness a cheese making demonstration
- Learn fun facts about the area along the way.
Take a “Walkabout” the Bronx and experience the “real” Little Italy!
- Inside Grand Central Station (Midtown Manhattan, NY)
Option 2: Knitting Crawl Walkabout.
Tour will include a wide variety of shops that offer lush, hand painted, luxury and specialty yarns as well as the tried and true basics. Each tour is tailored to your group’s interests and will provide discounts at select shops. East Side /West Side - Uptown/Downtown Knitting Crawl Walkabout will get you to the most unique knitting shops, bead and trimming shops and galleries throughout Manhattan and then some. Visit the shops, meet the owners and perhaps even experience a workshop.
As we stroll through the neighborhoods you will also learn the history and the culture of these unique enclaves. Tours are led by a native New Yorker and avid knitter and will surely be a "real" New York experience. This tour is for knitters and sightseers alike! As we shop 'til we drop for the lush handpainted luxury yarns as well as the basics, we will visit:
- A knitting shop in the heart of the financial district that won't break the bank
- A knitting cafe
- A shop that is like an impressionist painting
- A fabulous bead shop
- A the quintessential NYC trimming shop
- A homey craft shop
- A zenlike studio
- Shops that are off the beaten path.
Option 3: Lower East Side Walkabout.
From Pushcarts to Funky Swank the LES Walkabout strolls through the streets that were the farms, the neighborhoods crowded with pushcarts and generations of newcomers and are now the home to the trendiest boutiques, clubs and eating establishments. Our exploration includes sampling the food, checking out the shops and learning the history of this fascinating neighborhood- the gateway to America for generation of immigrants - their first glimpse of life in the USA. As it constantly reinvents itself the shops and businesses reflect its most recent rebirth - the destination for designer boutiques, cozy restaurants, lounges and music venues. Stops will include but are not limited to historic synagogues, a Buddhist Temple, the Essex Street Market, the best deli in NYC and other food shops that made LES famous as well as the newest additions to the neighborhood. Tastings will include doughnuts, pickles, salami, penny candy, farmstead cheese, and dumplings and more. The tour is approximately 2 ½ hours and the price includes food. Meeting Location: Seward Park (Lower East Side, NY). *Note: Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.
Option 4: Astoria, Queens Walkabout.
Travel around the world in 80 minutes (more or less) as we taste our way along some of the most diverse streets of NYC. Named for one of the richest men in NY's history, Astoria is a living monument to its immigrant population past and present. Today it remains home to pianos, films and TV as well as great food. As we explore the restaurants,cafes and food shops this tour is a real international feast of 4 continents - a tribute to Astoria's diversity. Tastings will include Middle Eastern Pastry, Gelato (in season), Spanakopita (spinach pie), Colombian sweet bread, olives, feta (at least 2 varieties),award winning Pizza and Brazilian, Chilean and Asian specialties.
In addition to the food you will:
- Learn the history of this neighborhood that has been home to Italians, Greeks, Germans, Czechs, Southeast Asians, Middle Easterners, South Americans, Asians among others
- Stand on a Revolutionary War site
- Learn about the Steinway piano factory and "Company Town"
- Hear about Astoria's role in the film industry-Past and Present
- Walk through NYC's "largest department store"
- Visit a Hookah Cafe
- Learn fun facts about the residents, the neighborhood and more
The tour ends at the entrance of Bohemian Hall - where you may choose to raise a glass in NY's surviving beer garden. Meeting Location: Astoria (Queens, NY, NY).
Option 5: The Immigrant Experience.
Learn a little of this and a little of that while we walk into the past (perhaps even discover your roots) as we stroll along East Broadway. This stretch of the Lower East Side allows you to explore the streets of New York's Chinese and Eastern European Jewish Immigrants. Recapture the excitement of this quintessential New York experience in its current day hustle and bustle while imagining the streets full of the pushcarts that once dominated everyday life.
Your “Walkabout” will take you to:
- New York City's oldest burial ground
- The Settlement House that transformed many immigrants into U.S. citizens
- Several historical synagogues
- The Church of the Transfiguration
- 1st Chinese Presbyterian Church
- Sung Tak Buddhist Temple
- Tea shops
- Orchard Street shops – where you can get a real New York bargain!
Meeting Location: Near the corner of Essex and Canal (Lower East Side, NY). (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.) Note: Tour will be approximately 2 hours long - rain or shine.
Option 6: City Island Walkabout.
Escape to City Island – a neighborhood that time seems to have forgotten. This quirky New York town has been likened to a New England fishing village. Return to another time and explore the rich nautical and revolutionary history of this charming town. The community was once a major boat building and yachting center with four Yacht Clubs and also played a part in early Bronx movie-making.
Your journey back in time includes visits to:
- A sea captain's house
- Johnny's Reef Restaurant
- The Yacht Clubs
- The trading site for the early settlers and the local Native Americans
- The pilot house
- The City Island Museum.
This unique island has been advertised as the "coolest" spot within the city limits, where people flock for great seafood, pleasure boating, the art galleries, the gift and craft shops and the many antique shops. It has also been featured as the #5 island in Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “101 Islands We Love”. Meeting Location: The southern tip of City Island (Bronx, NY). Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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