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

1. 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: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

2. New York City: Greenwich Village 2-Hour Tour

Explore New York’s most bohemian neighborhood on a 2-hour tour of Greenwich Village, and discover its reputation as a magnet for intellectuals, artists, and beat poets. Meet your guide on the corner of Waverly Place and 6th Avenue and set off in the footsteps of Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about artists, such as 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 to the haunts and hideaways of Dylan Thomas, Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Bruce. Savor stories of how the Beat Generation flourished here, and uncover some of New York's rarest sights - including the smallest piece of private property in the city! Along the way, you will go to Jones Street, where Bob Dylan's album cover “The Freewheeling Bob Dylan” was shot, see the 1st integrated NYC club at the Cafe Society, learn about the birth of gay rights at the Stonewall Inn, and see the apartment building used in “Friends.” Admire the oldest wood frame house in the village, and finish your tour at 77 Bedford Street, former home of Issac Hendricks, and the Cherry Lane Theater, the oldest continuously running off Broadway theater in New York.

Greenwich Village Tour

3. 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 City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

4. New York City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost 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 a side of Greenwich Village that many people have never known about. 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.

Tour of New York City at Night

5. Tour of New York City at Night

This evening tour is designed for you to discover the grandeur of New York City, lit up at sunset . Your guide will take you to the southern tip of Manhattan to enjoy the view of the Bay and admire the inspiring Statue of Liberty and the City Financial District. Your tour continues with a drive through the elegant neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights and a stop at the Promenade with a stunning panoramic view of New York’s skyline from the East side. Back in Manhattan we continue our tour towards West. We drive through the Lincoln Tunnel to Weehawken and stop at Hamilton Park where a panoramic observation point not seen my most awaits you. You will enjoy the unobstructed skyline of Manhattan from north to south in all its extension and glory.  

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What people are saying about New York University

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 229 reviews

Amazing experience. We arrived early and met the tour guide, Seth, who was also early. Right away we knew we were in for a great night. Seth was very people oriented, engaged and excited to be there, just like us. His enthusiasm and people skills were exactly what myself and 3 children (16,14,9) were hoping for. Not only did he provide an excellent tour, but he even went above and beyond and helped us with the subway at the end of the tour. I highly recommend this tour and hopefully you get Seth! Tip... do this tour at the beginning of tour trip so you can get a sneak peak of several great neighborhoods that you will definitely want to get back to. Enjoy!

Or guide Gordon was amazing. He was so knowledgeable and really fun to talk to and walk around Greenwich Village with! We will definitely do another tour next time we are in town Hopefully with Gordon!

Our guide Tom was so informative and interesting Loved the Tour !! Hope to do more in the Future

It was a good time with interesting stories. Gordon was a great guide.

Our guide was very informative and knew his history well