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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

1. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Dyker Heights Holiday Lights Bus Tour

Experience Christmas in New York City on a bus tour of Dyker Heights, world-known for its luminous light displays. Witness the festive decoration tradition that the residents have kept alive since the 1980s. Drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn and see lights from both on the bus and off with a guide. Enjoy this lively Italian-American neighborhood by bus with a live tour guide. Due to narrow streets, buses are not allowed in Dyker Heights, so hop off the bus and follow your guide to the 2 most illuminated streets in the area. See Lucy Spata's house which started the tradition of Dyker Lights in the '80s. Witness the neighborhood's largest at Santa Polizzotto home, standing at 15 feet tall. Next, stop at the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO/Brooklyn Heights. Take in the Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge for about 25 minutes.  Return via the Manhattan Bridge. End the experience at Bryant Park where you can admire the famous winter market or take a spin on the Ice Rink.

From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

2. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Travel by a comfortable motor coach and learn about the development of the diverse neighborhoods like Harlem, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Coney Island from a licensed NYC tour guide. See historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerald, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, and many others. Next, you will travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you will see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You will pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, and see its many beautiful homes. Visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). Enjoy the impressive DUMBO from where you can see the famous Brooklyn Bridge. You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterward, you’ll head down to world-famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return to Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

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

3. 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.

Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

4. Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

See astonishing holiday light displays on a visit to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood, famous for the incredible decorations planned by its competitive residents. See it all for yourself on a 1.5-hour evening stroll through the area. Admire the most impressive home displays, and learn the story behind this holiday tradition. Have your camera ready for this Christmas lights excursion, to snap photos of the top homes best lighting displays in the neighborhood. Discover the unwritten codes that are followed religiously by the residents of Dyker Heights. Take this tour in Brooklyn and soak up the magical Christmas atmosphere.

Wall Street Insider Tour

5. Wall Street Insider Tour

On this unique 75-minute guided tour of Wall Street you’ll see world-famous financial landmarks such as the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve, and Wall Street. While walking along the streets of Lower Manhattan, your guide will tell you stories that only an insider would know about. You’ll be entertained, informed, and even shocked! Stops include the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, House of Morgan, Trump Tower, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Federal Reserve, Charging Bull, Trinity Church, and more. You’ll learn about the 400 years of history that traces the original Dutch trading outpost to modern Wall Street, and see where billion-dollar deals are negotiated and where the fate of the economy is determined. This tour has been featured on television and in newspapers, including CNN, BBC, Reuters, and The New York Times. The Wall Street Insider Tour aims to demystify and personify Wall Street through personal interaction with an insider and hearing of their first-hand experiences.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Best of Brooklyn Williamsburg Walking Tour

6. Brooklyn: 2-Hour Best of Brooklyn Williamsburg Walking Tour

This small-group walking tour takes you through Williamsburg, the hippest neighborhood in Brooklyn. Discover its cutting-edge culture, fascinating history, and creative street art during a 2-hour neighborhood stroll. Your guide will take you through into laid-back area that features loads of boutique shops, restaurants, and restored lofts. Experience a scene that's setting global trends! See innovative small businesses, creative architecture, and vibrant street art. You’ll also be treated to one-of-a-kind view of New York City's waterfront and the Manhattan skyline. Learn about Brooklyn's heritage as a capital of immigration, manufacturing, and beer brewing. Hear about its recent gentrification, and how its culture, identity, and future are being shaped.

From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

7. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

New York: 2.5-Hour Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

8. New York: 2.5-Hour Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

Follow the Freedom Trail in New York! Learn the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks in Brooklyn and Manhattan that became the Underground Railroad.  Visit an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. View the former stations, including the former locations of homes and churches, that were on the Underground Railroad. Learn about the riots, revolts and dramatic escapes that occurred during American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked life and property to help people escaping American Slavery.

Neighbourhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tour

9. Neighbourhood Eats: Brownstone Brooklyn Food Tour

Stroll around the brownstone buildings of Brooklyn on a neighborhood food tour, and discover the delicious mom-and-pop shops and restaurants of New York. Discover first-hand how food is the engine of the local ecosystem. Focused on Smith and Court Streets and the surrounding neighborhoods, the tour uncovers a vibrant mix of locally-owned, artisanal food stores that are unlike almost any other neighborhood in America. You will visit old school haunts and new culinary entrepreneurs to experience traditional flavors and daring dishes. Pop into Italian and Middle Eastern shops that have long been the staple of the neighborhood, and explore the growing scene of cafés and restaurants specializing in New American cuisine. Learn about the neighborhood's rich history and changing character from local business owners and residents. Try artisan cheeses, bread, and Italian pastries. Meet coffee roasters, discover a modern soda fountain, and go to the oldest Middle Eastern bakery in New York City. Finally, visit one of the cutest businesses in the neighborhood, a place with the latest ice cream flavors and where senior citizens can be seen having a good old-fashioned ice cream float. See the restored soda fountain and a mix of old and new worlds coming together. Remember to ask your guide for some local recommendations on other food places to visit locally. You can use the map that is provided as part of this tour to discover more popular foodie hotspots.

From Manhattan: Birthplace of Hip-Hop Bus Tour

10. From Manhattan: Birthplace of Hip-Hop Bus Tour

This Hip-Hop Tour aims to educate and entertain guests in the history of hip-hop, showing the evolution of a truly New York art form through the eyes of actual artists. Each jam-filled bus journey is led by pioneers, including but not limited to GrandMaster Caz (Cold Crush Brothers), Kurtis Blow, Rahiem (Furious Five), and Reggie Reg (Crash Crew). These artists take you through their old stomping grounds while sharing personal stories and anecdotes as only a pre-"old-school" rhyme master could. Follow in their footsteps with photo-friendly pit stops at the legendary Apollo Theater and an array of clubs. This tour cruises through Manhattan and the Bronx, explaining the movement in its formative years and showing how it took its baby steps. Join the musical journey through the birthplace of hip-hop and explore over 3 decades of history.

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We just took the Williamsburg tour with John today, and it was fabulous! He has a deep knowledge of the history of Brooklyn (was able to answer any question that popped into our heads) and showed us so much interesting stuff, both old and new. This was a really worthwhile tour.

We just did a shoot with our 3 month old. Our photographer, Stacie, did a great job making us feel comfortable and getting various backdrops and styles of photos. They turned out amazing! Highly recommended :)

Our tour guide, Jared, was phenomenal! Very knowledgeable and utterly engaging with the tour members. Highly recommend this tour!

GREAT GREAT tour! Lifelong New Yorker and I was stunned at all I learned. Excellent!

Our skilled guide told exciting stories about both gangsters and ghosts