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Mark Herdter

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Monday to Sunday


New York Walking Tours Start at Your Manhattan Hotel.

I give private walking tours to tourists and locals alike. I will take you to any neighborhood in New York and show you what it is like to live in our great city.

My specialties are NYC architecture, NYC neighborhoods, and NYC immigrant experiences, both yesterday and today. In New York we have some of the most vibrant immigrant communities in the United States. I will be glad to show them to you. My tours will always include New York City's past, but I concentrate on today's city and I promise you a fun New York experience. On my architecture tours you can explore any neighborhood from Harlem to the Battery and everything in between. Almost any neighborhood in New York today has architectural gems from the 19th century, the modernism of the mid 20th century, to the 21st century engineering wonders which are being built now.


I am also available for tours of the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn which I highly recommend if you want to learn how New York is so much more than just Manhattan.


I will meet your party at your hotel, or we can meet at a given location for a specific tour. Please look at my website where I have more information to help guide you with your New York vacation.

About Me: I am a lifelong New Yorker, retired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after a long career in commercial photography. My degree is from North Carolina State University in Design and Architecture.

Tours & Services Offered

Special Tours: 

The Lower East Side is an exciting story that changed America! 

See where your relatives lived when they first arrived in America. My Irish and German relatives arrived in the mid-19th century when New York City saw the population increase from 20,000 in 1820 to 5.5 million by 1920. Come see where they lived!


The East Village Today

Starting at Astor Place, see Peter Stuyvesant’s church and grave (the Dutch were the first Immigrants) and walk down Second Avenue along the Yiddish Walk of Fame, and German Dispensary and Biblioteck to popular St Marks Place. We stop for Italian Cannolis, Jewish Knishes and visit a 100 year-old deli! Walk along modern day Bowery, the fashionable neighborhood of Nolita and end in Chinatown at the park


Yesterday & Today's Immigrants

Begin at City Hall Park where NYC was founded, to the nearby African American Burial Ground and Five Points of ‘Gangs of New York’ fame. Visit the ‘real’ Chinatown, home of today's immigrants. Explore East Broadway, historic Henry Street and nearby Grand Street once called "Jewish Broadway." See where the first German and Jewish immigrants lived and learn about the Socialist and workers' movements from the 1900s. Your tour ends at Houston Street and Katz's Deli.

Services Offered: 
Airport/Pier Meet & Greet,
Tour Consultant,
Tour Escort,
Tour Guide
Tours Offered: 
African American History
Architectural Tours
Central Park
Chinatown/Little Italy
Churches & Houses of Worship
Civil War History
Dutch New Amsterdam
East Village
LGBTQ Interest
Grand Central Terminal
Greenwich Village
Hell's Kitchen
Immigrant Experience
Irish Immigrant History
Italian Immigrant History
Jewish History
Lower East Side
Manhattanville/West Harlem
Olde New York
Private Tours
Pub Crawls
Revolutionary War
SoHo & NoLita
South Street Seaport
Staten Island
Student Tours
Taxi Tours
Theater District
Times Square
Upper East Side
Upper West Side
Walking Tours

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