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New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

New York City: City Highlights Guided Bike or eBike Tour

New York City: City Highlights Guided Bike or eBike Tour

Discover New York City with a 9-mile bike tour through the city that never sleeps. Join a professional New York City tour guide who will escort you to some of the most fascinating landmarks of the city. Your guide, a highly-rated, professionally-licensed New York City tour guide, will guide you through many of the highlights of this bustling city. Starting right by the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side, the tour takes you to Battery Park, Little Italy, and Chinatown before riding up to Washington Square Park. From there, ride along the Hudson Greenway. See where Sully Sullenberger famously landed a plane on the Hudson. See the newly constructed Vessel and Highline.

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

Explore the darker side of Greenwich Village on a ghost tour after dark. Learn about the infamous Hanging Tree as you walk into the heart of Washington Square Park and see the arch while listening to spine-chilling stories from your local guide. Next, make your way over to the Brown Building, site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, where the victims still linger to this day. Walk up 5th Avenue and stop past the Church of the Ascension, haunted by the artist John Lafarge. See the most haunted house in Manhattan at 14 West 10th Street, home to 22 spirits and the site of several murders. Head into the heart of the West Village, pass the home of Emma Lazarus and one of the most beautiful libraries in New York City.  Hear about the ghost of a former mayor at 12 Gay Street, and pass the famous Stonewall Inn where the riots that led to the birth of gay rights began. Cross Christopher Street to visit the infamous speakeasy of Chumley's.

New York City: Greenwich Village Guided Walking Tour

New York City: Greenwich Village Guided Walking Tour

Explore New York’s most bohemian neighborhood on a guided walking tour of Greenwich Village. Discover famous landmarks like the Stonewall Inn, Washington Square Park, and the Cherry Lane Theater, and learn about the area's reputation as a magnet for intellectuals, artists, and beat poets. Meet your guide and set off in the footsteps of Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. Hear about artists like Jackson Pollack, who gave the neighborhood its freewheeling identity. Hear stories of radical thinkers like Upton Sinclair and John Reed, who debated in smoky cafés. Feel the energy of “the Village” as you stroll from Washington Square Park past the hideaways of Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix, and Lenny Bruce. Find out how the Beat Generation flourished in the area and uncover some of New York's rarest sights, including the city's smallest piece of private property. Stroll down Jones Street, where Bob Dylan's album cover “The Freewheeling Bob Dylan” was shot. See the first integrated NYC club at the Café Society. Learn about the birth of the gay liberation movement outside the Stonewall Inn, and see the apartment building used in the iconic sitcom “Friends.” Admire the oldest wood frame house in the village, and finish your tour at 77 Bedford Street, the former home of Issac Hendricks. You can also see the Cherry Lane Theater, the oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater in New York.

NYC: Dyker Heights and NYC Holiday Lights Tour by Luxury Bus

NYC: Dyker Heights and NYC Holiday Lights Tour by Luxury Bus

Embark on a Christmas adventure through the heart of New York City with a guided bus or SUV tour. Explore the holiday paradise of Dyker Heights, all decked out for the season, with stops at iconic landmarks such as the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Kick off the tour in the dazzling Midtown, weaving through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, paying your respects at the World Trade Center. Then, cruise by the historic New York Harbor, where the Titanic was set to dock. Brace yourself for the enchanting spectacle at Dyker Heights – an entire neighborhood transformed into a dazzling festive wonderland. Snap photos with Lady Liberty at Brooklyn Bridge Park, cross the Manhattan Bridge, and conclude our journey at the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Let your guides and the twinkling city lights get you in the holiday spirit and make the season magical.

NYC: Ghosts & Ghouls of Greenwich Village Walking Tour

NYC: Ghosts & Ghouls of Greenwich Village Walking Tour

New York City is known for its hustle and bustle, and has been the living space for many of America’s most historically significant people. With every step you take in this concrete jungle, there’s a good chance you’re coming across something that has a story to it that you’ve never heard before. Throughout this dense city filled with generations of historic events, there’s one area with a real reputation for paranormal activity: Greenwich Village. Come explore the dark side of Greenwich Village on this thrilling ghost tour by US Ghost Adventures. The town has been inundated with a history that is fascinating, tragic, and strange. Embark on a life-changing experience and explore a side of New York that few are brave enough to see. Throughout the tour you will visit 9 haunted locations in and around Greenwich Village whilst seeing historical places that are home to some of the strangest tales you’ve ever heard. You'll encounter the Jefferson Market Library, where architectural curiosity catches the eye due to its unique tower. If you look closer however you’ll see a dark past, as this building once served as a prison for Manhattan’s female criminals, and was also the first night court. Following that you will visit the site of the Triangle Factory Fire, a tragic event which led to the death of nearly 150 people. You'll conclude by visiting the Mark Twain House and a haunted restaurant, where ghosts from 200 years ago have been seen consistently since 1910. Whilst at the Mark Twain House you can see if you can catch a glimpse of the famous author walking about in a white suit, which many witnesses claim to have seen.

Greenwich Village Tour

Greenwich Village Tour

Begin your 2-hour tour at the corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place, and learn about the history of Greenwich Village. Head to the Edgar Allan Poe house and the Washington Square Hotel. Explore Washington Square Park, a former potter's field, and learn how this area became the destination for musicians and protesters. Visit the Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, an event that led to the American labor movement. Head up McDougal Street, and see Cafe Wha, Cafe Reggio, and the Comedy Cellar. Learn where the best pizza in NYC is sold. Stroll down Christopher Street and visit the Stonewall Inn, where a riot in 1969 began America's Gay Rights Movement.

New York Audioguide - TravelMate app for your smartphone

New York Audioguide - TravelMate app for your smartphone

You will feel like you have a tourist guide at your side who will tell you the history, points of interest and curiosities of the city. The audio contents are professionally created by a group of high-level authors and interpreted by professionals from the television and radio fields. The audioguide includes 51 audio content for a total of 155 minutes. These are the points of interest: New York Introduction The Wonders of local cuisine Brooklyn Bridge Bryant Park Central Park Chinatown Empire State Building Flatiron Building Grand Central Terminal Guggenheim Museum High Line Lincoln Center Little Italy Madison Square Garden Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum of Modern Art New World Trade Center Rockefeller Center Saint John The Divine Statue of Liberty Times Square Union Square Wall Street Washington Square Park.

Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village Food and Culture Tour

Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village Food and Culture Tour

Join us on a delicious “multi–ethnic” food tasting and cultural/historical journey through the Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village (The Central Village – the area surrounding Washington Square Park and New York University). This section of Greenwich Village is completely different from the area we visit on our Original Greenwich Village Food Tour. Find out why this area of the Village is so popular for its diverse food scene, rich history, culture, counter culture, distinct architecture, and vibrant Greenwich Village nightlife. We will also visit Washington Square Park (the town square of Greenwich Village) and learn about its radical protesters, infamous hanging tree, the Washington Square Arch, and how the “live and let live” beatniks, writers and poets of the 50s and 60s made Greenwich Village their home. Walk the same streets that Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Amy Schumer did while learning about the music and comedy scene, and why this section of NYC can only be described as The Village! IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION The Heart & Soul of Greenwich Village Food Tour (Central Village) does not overlap with The Original Greenwich Village Food Tour (West Village), they each explore a different area.

NYC: Private Personalized Tour with Driver and Guide

NYC: Private Personalized Tour with Driver and Guide

Your driver and top-rated NYC guide will pick you up in a luxury mini-van with a panoramic roof. They will provide you with their expert planning expertise, so that you can create your own personalized tour and visit the city sites that you want to see most. Maybe they include Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building or any of hundreds of equally fascinating attractions. Whatever is on your bucket list, you'll leave with unforgettable memories of the Big Apple.  Essential New York sites to consider: - Times Square - Strawberry Fields - Soho - Brooklyn Bridge - Saint Paul's Chapel - Central Park - Greenwich Village - Little Italy - Wall Street - The Dakota - Washington Square Park - Chinatown - Ground Zero - Empire State Building - Rockefeller Center - Fifth avenue - Flatiron building - Chelsea and Highline Park

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What people are saying about Washington Square Park

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4.7
(369 reviews)

Angela was a font of information. She made sure everyone was always included, she was warm, and her knowledge of the village was amazing. Highly recommend this tour. She’s sharp and funny-very New York-which is a good thing!

We loved this walking tour. Dave was an excellent guide and provided interesting commentary during the tour. He also helped to capture photos of us near the points of interest, which we appreciated greatly.

Our tour guide Joy, made the tour! She was incredible with her enthusiasm, storytelling and knowledge.

It was great! Ryan was very knowledgeable and great to talk with. So much food and so much knowledge!

Great tour and much better than the different on/off bus tours!