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New York Private Guided Tours

offered by supplier M14673 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination: New York
Season: January - December
Languages: English
Minimum Cost: 200 US Dollar (USD) Per person
Maximum Cost: 400 US Dollar (USD) Per person

These urban adventures are private tours and you can choose your own itinerary-walk over the Brooklyn Bridge or hike through Central Park, visit Rockefeller Center, Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side-look over Ground Zero and Wall Street-check out SoHo and Chinatown. Its up to you. We can cover a lot of ground quickly by public transit, so you can combine several destinations in four hours. This private tour can even go longer, if you're game.

Tour Highlights:

- Washington Square - with its monumental arch, its 200-year old "Hanging Elm" and a magnificent row of Greek Revival houses is the heart of Greenwich Village. Described in the stories of Henry James and the etchings of John Sloan and home to a stellar collection of American writers and artists like John Dos Passos and Edward Hopper, this neighborhood is filled with history and wonderful stories. We'll visit the church where U.S. President John Tyler secretly married "The Rose of Long Island" and the house where Mark Twain lived (and may still haunt);

- SoHo's treasure - the largest surviving collection of cast iron architecture anywhere. We'll start in NoLita, exploring the first St. Patricks Cathedral and its fortified cemetery, visiting New York's first pizza oven and calling on Emma Goldman, the celebrated radical publisher of the 1910's;

- Old New York - Come along for a two-hour walking tour of old New York and handle remnants of the American Revolution, walk through the site of PT Barnum's first great success with The Swedish Nightingale, peer into the New Amsterdam beer hall that became the first city hall and seek the park bench where Rudolph Valentino spent the night;

- The Lake & The Ramble - Over Bow Bridge to Bethesda Terrace, through one of the last surviving stands of American Elms and past an antique carousel we'll end up on the terrace of O'Neal's Ball Fields Cafe, a charming outdoor eatery right in the park, at an umbrella table overlooking the base ball fields;

- Across the North End - Starting at The Pool, near Central Park West, we'll follow the course of Montayne's Rivulet, past waterfalls, through great stone arches and over rustic bridges. We'll visit the oldest building in the park, a stone blockhouse left over from the War of 1812, then the great blue heron who lives in the newly-restored Harlem Meer and finally a spectacular garden, ending our walk at the great wrought iron gates from Cornelius Vanderbilt's Fifth Avenue chateau;

- The Upper West Side - Join me for a journey through 250 years of the amazing history and the inspiring architecture of Manhattan's Upper West Side. We'll follow Lillian Russell and Diamond Jim Brady as they peddle gold-plated bicycles along Riverside Drive and Washington's army as they retreat from the British in 1776;

- Brooklyn Heights - With its grand tree-lined blocks, splendid churches and spectacular views from the Promenade, this first American suburb is a truly unique enclave;

- 42nd Street - is more than the newly Disneyfied version of the earlier and funkier thoroughfare that Damon Runyon's characters called "The Deuce". Stretching from the United Nations to the Hudson river piers, it is a visual and architectural feast, compressing some of the finest buildings anywhere into a few blocks;

- Tribeca - The name of this Manhattan neighborhood evokes images of chic restaurants, elegant loft apartments, trendy clubs and shops - but it wasn't always this way. Come stroll around Tribeca and remember the way it was when the great trans-Atlantic liners steamed into the piers along West Street;

- Staten Island - An afternoon adventure to the exotic island of Staten is the perfect way to spend a summer day in New York. Beginning with a voyage across the harbor by New York Water Taxi, leaving from Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, we'll dock at Sailor's Snug Harbor;

- Battle of Brooklyn - In August of 1776 the largest pitched battle of the American Revolution was fought in present-day Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery. On the anniversary of the battle this four-hour tour, by bus and on foot, will cover much of the battle ground. From the amphibious invasion at Gravesend Bay to the retreat across the East River we'll trace the action of that historic day at the actual locations;

- Old Greenwich Village - "Bohemia-On-the-Hudson" some have called this tree-lined enclave of charming old houses west of Greenwich Village, where we'll begin at the "Hanging Elm". Then on to visit Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in MacDougal Mews and Ruth McKinney and her sister Eileen on little Gay Street. We'll pay a call on General Phil Sheridan and remember the Stonewall Riot. We'll go on to visit Cary Grant's old digs, an intact speakeasy from 1928, Thomas Paine, Edna St Vincent Millay, several ghosts and lots of boot scrapers. For wonderful old houses, stories of scandal, bad behavior and outrageous nonsense Greenwich Village can't be beat.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
- My base rate is $50USD per hour for groups from 2 to 10 persons (minimum 4 hours of walking tour);
- For more than 10 persons - $75 per hour.
- Luxury car service and/or subway passes are extra.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2006
Client Request Served: 11

New York City's story is my passion and I'm delighted to share the city's architecture, history, culture and its' amazing stories with visitors. Walking the city's streets and hearing the stories told in the actual places where they occurred is the most compelling way to experience New York. ...

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