On NewYork.com I spotted an article on pretty unique sightseeing tours in the city: “10 New York City Tour You’ve Never Taken”. I totally love them and think they are a great idea fort both, locals and visitors.
These are my favorites from the recommended tours (via NewYork.com):
The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour
Beyond Greenwich Village’s cupcake shops, posh boutiques and million-dollar brownstones lurks something else: ghosts. Or that’s what spook expert Andrea Janes will tell you, on her two-hour macabre walking tour that meanders through the neighborhood. Along the way, she’ll regale you with eerie stories of murders, mysteries and things that go bump in the night. The tour passes a hidden burial ground, haunted houses and even what was once a public execution site. The whole thing starts just as the sun is going down – after all, that’s when the ghosts come out to play. Fri. at 8pm; $18pp (get tickets!); 131 E. 10th St.
Abandoned City Hall Subway Station Tour
Opened as Manhattan’s first subway station in 1904 — and shuttered in 1945 – the City Hall Station is a historical jewel, with exquisite arches and tile design by the legendary Rafael Guastavino (who also did work on Grand Central Station) and architecture by the team behind Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Stunningly preserved, this underground station is only open to the public about 15 times a year, and you have to become a member of the New York City Transit Museum to get a shot at these very rare (and highly popular) guided tours. But it’s well worth it. On the sightseeing jealousy scale, this one rates an 11. Various times — meet-up info given upon booking; $40pp; web.mta.info
Crime Scenes Tour with a Police Detective
Bring the handcuffs:If law and order’s your thing, then you’ll love this walking tour through lower Manhattan, led by real–life private investigator Ike Ilkew who knows where all the bad stuff went down – and lived to tell the tale. You’ll hear about New York City’s criminals and mobsters, and masterminds and murderers, while visiting the scenes of crimes. Plus, you’ll spy some of the famed locations used in top cop shows, like Law and Order, and in Hollywood gangster flicks. You’re in good hands: Ike Ilkew is a gumshoe who knows the gritty side of the city – and even looks (and sounds) the part. Various dates; $30pp; Little Italy; sidetour.com
Underground New York City Tour
Ever wonder what’s happening below the mean streets of New York City? Go underground with urban explorer Steve Duncan, who has made it his mission to unlock the secrets of Manhattan’s underbelly. Though this tour is strictly an above–ground experience, Duncan will take you along the route of the now-buried Minetta Brook, tell you all about the sewers and tunnels that lurk just below your feet and show you how to decode the symbols on manhole covers. The inside story? You bet. Various times; $30pp; Greenwich Village; sidetour.com
You’ll find many more inspiring tours on NewYork.com. Oh man, I miss this city…
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