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NYC tour covers the violent history of

Hell’s Kitchen and its notorious gangs

By Shaye Weaver

The tiny bathroom inside Mr. Biggs Bar & Grill has a grim secret.

It’s the scene of at least two violent murders carried out by the Westies — an Irish gang that set up their headquarters inside what used to be called the 596 Club....

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"We loved this tour! Our guide, Russell, was knowledgeable and funny, providing us with many anecdotes and true tales. It was nice to see the area on foot through a historian's eyes. I would very much recommend this tour to others!!"-Lori, Tripadvisor

There are eight million stories in the city . . .

 . . . and we're dedicated to telling all of them.  Or at least some of them. Okay, realistically, we can only tell a fraction of them, so we have to be selective. After combing through all eight million, by special arrangement with the NSA, we've picked only the best stories to feature on our tours—like that time when George Washington nearly lost his entire army (not to mention the Revolutionary War) right in Brooklyn. Or that other time when William Van Allen hid the spike on the Chrysler building from a rival architect. Or the time when Mrs. Applebaum of Canarsie became the city stickball champion. Okay, so we made that last one up, but you get the point. We love New York, and we know its hidden history better than anyone you're likely to meet outside your favorite old-man bar, and that place smells like feet and memories. Come take a walk outside with us, in the fresh air. It'll do you good. We offer both public and private tours, with an emphasis on true New York stories that aren't widely known or covered on other tours.

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