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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

    Christmas in New York City is a magical time. From the beautifully adorned trees in Rockefeller Center and other locations to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the city is alive with the festive spirit and energy. However, nothing really says Christmas like Dyker Heights. Today, it is perhaps most famously known for its incredible lights displays, which usually arrive in late November and draw travelers from across the world thanks to their colorful holiday cheer. According to locals, residents have been decorating their homes—personally and professionally—since the 1980s, making it a true New York City winter wonderland. This picturesque residential neighborhood is located in the heart of southwest Brooklyn between Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst and Gravesend Bay. Originally founded as a luxury housing development in the late 1800s, the first house in this icon...

    A comfortable ride took us to Dyker Heights, where we took photos of the many decorated homes. The guide asked for a significant tip at the end of the tour, which I found unsettling as it was definitely not a tipping situation and neither her nor the driver had done anything out of the ordinary to please us - plus the tour is pretty expensive, considered it's basically a 2-hour ride in a bus.

  • From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

    2. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

    After pickup, head north from Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team. Enjoy a stop to take pictures and shop for souvenirs. Proceed to the South Bronx to see graffiti and street art masterpieces. Hear the stories behind each of the most famous pieces, snapping photos along the way. Next, head to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. Visit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The final stop in Queens will be on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See first hand how immigration has contributed to the vibrant life of this neighborhood, full of multicultural stores and restaurants. The last borough to visit is Brooklyn, where you’ll see the Jewish Quarters i...

  • From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    3. From Manhattan: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Bus Tour

    After pickup from Manhattan, the tour bus will take you through the Battery Tunnel directly to the borough of Brooklyn. Once you are in Brooklyn you'll head to the Dyker Heights district, an Italian-American neighborhood famous for its elaborate houses and gardens. Each year residents compete between each other to put up spectacular Christmas decorations, illuminations, and displays. Your tour guide will tell you about the origin and history of this tradition, before giving you free time to walk the streets to admire and take pictures of the houses. Once you have finished strolling around the neighborhood, you will get back on the bus to head to the Brooklyn Bridge. There you will enjoy the different viewpoints, with more free time to take pictures of the spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Finally, you will return to Manhattan where the tour ends. You can feel free to ask you...

  • From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

    4. From Manhattan: 3.5-Hour Brooklyn Christmas Magic Tour

    If you are looking for something to do in New York City during this holiday season make sure you put this on your list. It is cheery, it is bright, it is Christmas, it is New York City, and it is everything Christmas about Christmas. This Brooklyn neighborhood is out of this world during Christmas time. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights is the cutest and most spectacular area of houses decorated for the holiday season. It is blocks and blocks of Christmas lights and fantastic decorations. The neighborhood goes all out with beautiful nativity displays, nutcrackers, inflatable santas, garland, lights and more. The place glows with bright lights, buzzes sound, and bumps with holiday music on full blast. It is fun to see how some houses mix it up every year. It is a recommended experience and a perfect night out for families, groups of friends and even a date night. This is a great place to go...

    Daniel was very nice and knowledgeable. Small crowds due to COVID so we were able to enjoy without worrying. Everyone wore face masks.

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

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

    Traveling by comfortable motor coach and accompanied by your professional, licensed NYC bilingual tour guide, your day will start in the borough of Manhattan, known as “the city”, with a ride through Harlem in Upper Manhattan. You’ll learn about the development of this diverse neighborhood and see historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerland, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and many others. Next, you’ll travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you’ll 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. Y...

    Excelent tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and the driver was very good as well. Highly recommended!! Five stars!!!

  • Brooklyn: 1.5-Hour Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

    6. 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.

    Very good tour for discovering the neighborhood and get acquainted with the streets.

  • Brooklyn: Bushwick Street Art Walking Tour

    7. Brooklyn: Bushwick Street Art Walking Tour

    Explore the largest outdoor street art gallery in New York City on a guided tour of the famous Bushwick Collective. Learn the history of Joe Ficalora, famed curator and founder of the collective. Learn how he transformed the neighborhood through dealing with loss and a yearning for beautification. Get an insight from a real graffiti artist and hear stories behind the walls of art. Marvel at works by street artists such as Blek le Rat and hear how he provided inspiration for Banksy. Take a look at works by modern-day graffiti portrait master Danielle Mastrion and her lady counterpart Lexi Bella. See art by Fumero, Giz, Dasic and many others. Move from old masters to modern-day legends in an ever-changing Brooklyn neighborhood, before it has gone for good.

    The tour guide was sooo knowledgable that it was amazing. We enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot as well. Thanks Ela Weiss and family

  • Brooklyn: Street Art Walking Tour

    8. Brooklyn: Street Art Walking Tour

    There is more awareness than ever before about the imaginative artists who bring walls, buildings, and even entire neighborhoods to life with their vibrant creations. Join this guided walking tour in Bushwick, Brooklyn to see fascinating works by globetrotting innovators. You’ll be shown artistic murals large and small as you explore streets pulsating with creative energy, in a district rapidly becoming a world-renowned center of street art and graffiti. During the walk you’ll be immersed in the culture and lifestyle of today's urban artists, who hail from as far away as Europe, South America, and even Asia. Learn about the top contemporary artists and their quirky personalities, and find out just how much people have been willing to pay for their work. Discover the different styles and forms of the trade, which include murals, wheatpaste posters, tags, and stencils. Learn about the t...

  • Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

    9. Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

    Rediscover the charm of vibrant Manhattan on a private tour with a savvy local host. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there, as we all know the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it from a local's perspective. Travel through the best parts of Central Park, where New Yorkers go jogging and cycling. Go for a stroll downtown, stopping along the way at the best cafes loved by real New Yorkers. Or allow your local host to lead you towards the charming, old-style covered market in Greenwich Village, stopping to see the High Line. There are so many possibilities for your customized itinerary. After booking, you will be contacted about your preferences and interests. A like-minded New Yorker who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be assigned to you as your local host.  Based ...

  • New York City Graffiti & Street Art 2-Hour Walking Tour

    10. New York City Graffiti & Street Art 2-Hour Walking Tour

    There is more awareness than ever before about the imaginative artists who bring walls, buildings, and even entire neighborhoods to life with their vibrant creations. Join this 2-hour walking tour in Bushwick, Brooklyn to see fascinating works by globetrotting innovators. You’ll be shown artistic murals large and small as you explore streets pulsating with creative energy, in a district rapidly becoming a world-renowned center of street art, as well as New York City's graffiti cultural locus. During the walk you’ll be immersed in the culture and lifestyle of today's urban artists, who hail from as far away as Europe, South America, and even Asia. Learn about the top contemporary artists and their quirky personalities, and find out just how much people have been willing to pay for their work. Discover the different styles and forms of the trade, which include murals, wheatpaste posters...

    Jeff did a great tour. Purchased tickets as a gift for my partner and we had a great time hearing about the graffiti and street art of Bushwick, and taking pictures.

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4.5 / 5

based on 592 reviews

The guide was very good, loved the tour and the insights into the graffiti scene! The stories and recommendations about this part of Brooklyn were great and very memorable.

Jeff did a great tour. Purchased tickets as a gift for my partner and we had a great time hearing about the graffiti and street art of Bushwick, and taking pictures.

The tour guide was sooo knowledgable that it was amazing. We enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot as well. Thanks Ela Weiss and family

Although there wasn't a lot of walking, we saw and learned a lot about street art.

Very nice guide, informative tour, beautiful graffiti drawings