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A Day Walk Between the Skyscraper Clusters of Manhattan

New York, US
New York, US
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Experience the bustling energy and iconic landmarks of Manhattan on this exciting neighborhood walking tour. Explore the city's rich history as you journey between the skyscraper clusters of Midtown and the Financial District. Starting at either Grand Central or Penn Station, you'll traverse 3.5 miles of Manhattan blocks, stopping at specialty shops and famous sites along the way. Learn about the iconic neighborhoods of Chelsea, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown, immersing yourself in the diverse culture of the city. With included intra-city public transportation, this tour offers convenience and adventure in one unforgettable experience. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to see the NYC skyline from a whole new perspective.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 7 hours
  • Suitable for 1-12 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore rich neighborhoods between skyscrapers
  • Learn history of iconic NYC neighborhoods
  • Intra-city public transportation included
  • Unique ferry ride back to Midtown
  • Plenty of time for local shopping and eating
  • Intra-city public transportation (subway, bus and ferry ride)
  • Snacks

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Introduction

Experience the bustling energy and iconic skyline of Manhattan like never before with "A Day Walk Between the Skyscraper Clusters of Manhattan." This immersive walking tour takes you through the heart of the city, from Midtown to the Financial District, unveiling hidden gems and historical landmarks along the way.

What to expect?

Embark on a journey through Manhattan's diverse neighborhoods, including Chelsea, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Explore the city's rich history and iconic skyscrapers, while enjoying the convenience of intra-city public transportation, including subway, bus, and ferry rides. Discover unique shops, sites, and local eateries as you cover 3.5 miles of Manhattan blocks on foot.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for urban explorers, history buffs, and anyone looking to delve into the vibrant culture of New York City. Whether you're a local commuter or a visitor from out of town, this experience offers a comprehensive look at the city's architecture, history, and diverse neighborhoods.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the heartbeat of Manhattan with a guided tour that showcases the best of the city's skyline and historical sites. With convenient access to regional rail transit from Grand Central or Penn Station, this tour offers a seamless and enriching experience for all participants. Explore the city like a local, discovering hidden gems and local favorites while learning about the fascinating history of New York City.

Good to know

Please note that food is not included in the cost of the tour, but ample time is provided for shopping and dining at local establishments. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for walking outdoors. Don't forget your camera to capture the stunning views and memorable moments along the way.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced "A Day Walk Between the Skyscraper Clusters of Manhattan" rave about the knowledgeable guides, immersive itinerary, and unique perspective of the city from the water. Many praise the tour for its seamless organization and comprehensive exploration of Manhattan's iconic neighborhoods. Join this unforgettable journey through the heart of New York City and discover the magic of the Big Apple like never before.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Hudson Yards

We begin this cross-city excursion at one of the city'e newest developments, also occasionally called "Dubai-on-the-Hudson." We take a short walk around the marble-clad and elegant mall of mostly high end shops. We'll appreciate views of the Hudson River, New Jersey and see the railroad yards below that are the reason for it all. The Vessel and the Shed are two grand works of architectural "folly" that dominate the courtyard. From here we segue seamlessly to the Highline.

The High Line

One of the city's most successful redevelopment projects was turning an old elevated freight rail into a park of native flora. We take in the scenery of New York City from the third story level, and learn the fascinating history of Chelsea, an early upscale neighborhood. Stunning new architecture continues to rise along the park's 1.4 mile length.

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Chelsea Market

The Godmother of food halls recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and is constantly updating and expanding its curated offerings. The building itself was part of the system for which the "highline" existed. The trains were for freight and went through the buildings. Here, for Nabisco (National Biscuit Company--"NBC" can be seen on the buildings). It was said for Oreo Cookies the flour came in one side of the building and came out the other as cookies. Today the building houses dozens of specialty, international, rare and exotic food purveyors, likely still more than anywhere assembled outside of Hunts Point. We allow enough time here to sample a bite or two.

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Meatpacking District

We walk through the atmospheric streets of old metal sheds and loading docks that now house the city's chicest establishments.

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West Village

We stop at Myers of Keswick, "A traditional British store in the heart of NYC." Viewing the staple products of British grocery stores in a mid-19th Century single-family home converted to commercial use 150 years ago is, itself, a singular experience. Their freshly made foods include sausage rolls, pork pie, scotch eggs, and Cornish pastry. Next is Magnolia Bakery, made famous from the 90's show Sex and the City. Around the corner we pass the brownstone where Carrie Bradshaw lived (the show's main character), on one of the city's most beautiful blocks of brownstones. We continue on to McNulty's, a century-old coffee and tea shop. A short walk around the corner we pass the apartment building from "Friends." We visit a cloistered church garden before heading over to Bleecker Street Pizza, among the consistently top-rated pizza joints in the city. A walk along Bleecker Street is a virtual arcade of specialty foods, which guests are welcome to take some time and explore.

Greenwich Village

Along Bleecker Street we'll visit a few store fronts that together capture the unique character of this iconic block: Ottomanelli's and Sons, a butcher shop that has been more than half a century on the block; a Lotto Store "lounge" (the only place you can purchase lottery tickets with plastic!) where you can hang out, drink coffee, and pick numbers; and the Pop Up Grocer, an Instagram-driven venue of goods curated on the criteria: new and interesting, made responsibly, and packaged appealingly. We walk the iconic awning-clad, vibrant blocks of Greenwich Village with its famous venues, clubs and restaurants, and some fascinating residential conversions. The tour takes on a different attitude for a moment when we pop into the Chess Forum, a local institution for all things chess. Before crossing Houston Street into SoHo (for SOuth of HOuston) we stop at Leon's Bagels, and one of the city's more unique shopfronts (approximately 50 sq. ft?).

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SoHo

Houton Street, one of the few major thoroughfares we cross on the tour, retains a lot of fascinating architectural evidence from when it was widened about 100 years ago. The foodie part of the tour continues when we stop at Dominique Ansel, renowned baker and originator of the cronut, followed by a brief stop at the Ice Cream Museum on Broadway Here we learn the rich history of SoHo and cast iron architecture as we cross over Broadway for the first time on the tour and take a step into the more complex history of the city's move uptown. Here we see first hand the unmistakable role geography and the long gone natural terrain played in the city's move uptown. At Grand Street we stop at Sabon where we'll take part in "the ritual" and leave with a cleanest, smoothest hands you'll have all day. Within a few blocks SoHo transitions into the tenement-rich blocks of Little Italy and the beginning of the Lower East Side.

Little Italy

We pass through Little Italy with the option of stopping at Ferrara's, sometimes referred to as "Disney World for Desserts," and/or the Cannoli King. Traditional "Little Italy (there are a few historic Italian sections in Manhttan) now occupies the blocks of Mulberrry Street above Canal, and is largely restaurants and souvenir shops. The outdoor restaurant seating, elaborate signage, the booths in the street, the promoters, the foliage and vibrant decor, have transformed these sidewalks of Manhattan in a way like no other part of New York. Cars driving single file between the restaurant seating would seem like gondolas if they slowed down.

Chinatown

We pass through the markets and street scenes of Chinatown and talk about the history of the Bowery and the tenement history of the Lower East Side. We explore the tangle of streets and engaging streetscapes that lead down a hill (and history) to the Old Five Points and Mulberry Bend, and the end of the walking part of the tour. From here we catch a bus that takes us to a ferry, and a trip back to Midtown on the water where we will get to see the track of land we covered on the walking tour between the skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan and the Financial Distrtict.

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Brookfield Place

We catch a ferry at Brookfield Place back to Midtown. Depending on the wait time for the ferry we may have the opportunity to explore this site. The 12-minute ferry ride back to Midtown provides a remarkable opportunity to put the day's walk in the context of the greater city. Many of the sites from the beginning of the day will be seen now from a completely different perspective. From Pier 79 we catch a bus to either Grand Central Terminal, or Penn Station, depending on the customer's tour option.

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