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Private Tours

So you want to take a tour, but you don't like strangers? No problem. Any of our public tours can also be done as a private tour, exclusively for you and your guests. Or maybe you'd like to do something that isn't on the public tour menu, like a food tour, a bar crawl, or a particular neighborhood, or subject? We can do that too. Although we have a passion for the lesser known sights of the city, we are experts in all aspects of New York City's history, food and unique culture. Just let us know what you're interested in, and we can probably make it happen.  For your convenience, we've listed some suggestions below. 

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Central Park

Often thought of as New York's backyard, Central Park is home to some of its most beautiful views, and also some of its most hidden secrets.  Did you know there's a waterfall in the park?  A castle?  An ancient Egyptian obelisk?  Put on your walking shoes for this 2-3 safari through the urban underbrush.  

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Greenwich Village

From Native American community, to Dutch farmland, to gilded age suburb, to Bohemian mecca, Greenwich Village has seen it all.  Often considered the city's most beautiful neighborhood, it also has some if its best food.  We can do this tour as a historic walking tour, or we can add food stops along the way.  

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Lower East Side

Did you know that so many immigrant families crowded into the Lower East Side during the late 19th-early 20th Century, that 1 in 6 Americans today can trace their ancestry back to the neighborhood?  Some consider it the birthplace of modern America, and that's one of the reasons we love touring the area.  Can be done with, or without food, but given the high concentration of 100 year old institutions like Katz's, and Kossar's Bialys, we recommend with.

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Times Square/Rockefeller Center

Explore the crossroads of the world and Rockefeller Center, with our signature touch of hidden content.  Like the lost Diego Rivera masterpiece at NBC studios.  Or the real story behind the famous VJ Day photo of the kissing couple (hint: that wasn't his wife).  Or the tragic story of the Zeigfeld Follies girl, reputed to haunt the New Amsterdam.  See this most well-explored part of the city, like you've never seen it before. 

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Harlem

Named Neiw Haarlem by the Dutch, and later the home of German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Hungarian immigrants, Harlem didn't come into its own until the 1920's, when it became the nation's premiere African-American neighborhood.  After years of neglect and turmoil, Harlem is now experiencing what some call a second Harlem Renaissance.  Join us as we explore both Harlem's legendary past and its changing present.  

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Brooklyn

After years of rivalry for the heart and soul of the region, Brooklyn was incorporated into New York City in 1898, thereby ceding the battle for supremacy to its hated rival, Manhattan.  Old timers referred to it as "the mistake of '98," well into the new century.  Today Brooklyn is having its late revenge as real estate prices rapidly surpass those of Manhattan.  Come see the beautiful tree lined streets, waterfront views, and creative communities that have made Brooklyn so desirable to tech start ups and street artists alike.

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Highline/Chelsea Market

An active railroad until 1980, by 1999 the Highline was on the verge of being completely demolished.  Saved by community activists and high profile residents like Dianne Von Furstenburg, today the Highline is one of New York's most scenic and popular attractions.  After working up an appetite exploring the Highline, we'll take a walk through Chelsea Market, formerly the Nabisco Factory, birthplace of the Oreo cookie, and now one of the best places for sampling creative cuisine in the city.  We recommend taking this as a food tour.        

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SOHO

In the mid-19th Century, the section of Broadway that runs through SOHO was the city's theater district.  Hence the term, "Broadway Theater."  Later on, SOHO became a warehouse and manufacturing district, with the world's highest concentration of cast iron buildings.  It was from these buildings that skyscrapers were born, and many of the earliest examples are still standing today.  By the 70's the area had been taken over by art galleries and artist's lofts.  Today it is one of the city's most upscale shopping districts, rivaled only by 5th Avenue.  Come with us as we examine the fascinating architectural heritage of this unique neighborhood.    

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Lower Manhattan

Come see where it all began.  Starting out as a Dutch seaport, Lower Manhattan contains New York's oldest historic sites and some of its most significant.  From the grave of the newly resurgent Alexander Hamilton, to the New York Stock Exchange, we'll go to the places that made New York the city we know and love.   This tour also contains a lot of the hidden history that we specialize in, like the masonic cipher at Trinity Church, and the alley that inspired Washington irving's Tale of the Headless Horseman.  We can also include the 9/11 Memorial Site, upon request.

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