UNDERGROUND NEW YORK CITY - THE EMPIRE BENEATH THE STREETS
It's right there under your feet, you probably ride it every day, but how much do you know about this city's amazing subway system. I will give you the secret history and inside story of the creation of the original 1904 subway line and how it grew into the most extensive transportation system in the world. All the art, all the history, all the technical breakthroughs, all the "whys" and all the shenanigans that went into this spectacular achievement. A unique experience for seasoned locals or visitors to our fair city.
Get a look at the subway that few people, even lifelong New Yorkers, fail to recognize. This tour only explores the areas of the system that are open to the public but in most cases overlooked. We do not go into the tunnels or any area that is not open to the public. The Guide Association of New York City, The City of New York, The Metropolitan Transit Authority and their vast legal teams would frown upon the idea of people on a tour getting arrested, injured or killed.
When people think of 42nd Street, they usually do not think of architecture -- they think of Times Square. However, along 42nd Street, this city offers some of the best work by some of this country’s greatest designers. Along this one avenue, there is the Art Deco icon, the most perfect railroad station ever built, the second largest library in the United States and the block with the highest concentration of theaters ever built. In between all of that, there is some of the most beautiful and under appreciated buildings ever designed and constructed.
Private Guided 42nd Street Architecture Tour
New York is not just a collection of tall buildings; it is a collection of neighborhoods that changed with a growing city. You will see how these changes will effect what would happen on its avenues over time. The mysteries of how and why a neighborhood will transform, how what once was and what would be will influence architects and their design choices, will be revealed and explained.
This is a tour not just for architecture students, but a great introduction into the “how’s” and “whys” New York City became the city we all know and love today
Private Guided Tour of Central Park
See places that might look familiar, even if this your first time here in New York. Over 350 films have been made in Central Park, making it the most filmed location in New York City, and there are places and sites you might have seen in a movie.
You will see some of the original 36 bridges, some original structures, some Depression-era intrusions and 'improvements.' You will also see what 35 years of restoration looks like. No matter what time of year, this park is one of the most beautiful places in the world; different during each season but always incredible.
The meet spot is at the Maine Memorial in Columbus Circle. Your guide will discuss the grid of Manhattan, go over a couple of hundred years of New York City history within a few minutes and talk about what was here before the park. Then, head off into Central Park!
This is a walking tour. Although there are hills, there is nothing terribly steep. The tour can be routed with fewer hills and stairs to deal with. The end point will be a mutually agreed upon location. There are two great museums on either side of the park from each other. In addition, Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue is on the eastern side of the park.
Weather, number in the group, how the group moves, and special events that cause a re-route of the tour can effect the number of sites seen and how long the tour takes. Your guide wants to show you as much as possible, so more often than not the tour runs a little longer. So if you have an event you need to get to by a certain time, please advise at time of booking.
THE UPPER WESTSIDE - THE OLD VILLAGE OF BLOOMINGDALE
The general, criminal and entertainment history of the area between the old Bloomingdale Road (Broadway) and Riverside Drive, from Columbus Circle to 110th Street. Starting at the Cathedral Of Saint John The Devine (the largest gothic structure in the world) tour highlights include Humphrey Bogart's childhood home, Victor Herbert's home, buildings designed by famous New York architects. Former homes of Hollywood legends, legendary writers, legendary composers and even a couple of legendary criminals. See sites that played host to battles during the Revolutionary War, while George Washington escaped north.