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Discover the unique, lively, artistic and rich
history of New York City in intimate walking tours with licensed NYC guide Donna Marie Nowak! Donna is an
author, cartoonist, a licensed guide and a resident of New York City for over fifteen years. Delve into this treasure
trove of tales about one of the greatest cities in the world! We focus on the West Side of Manhattan (the Best Side)!
Tours run 2 to 2 1/2 hours. We also have hand-crafted a 7-hour tour highlighting
all the iconic sites of midtown with a bonus visit to Little Italy and Chinatown, a phenomenal tour to take around the holidays
(or any time). If you are a family or group wanting a private tour, this is a perfect tour to take, although all
walking tours are intimate and individuals are never packed into a large herd. See MIDTOWN MARVELS below for special
Greenwich Village - Little
BohemiaFrom Washington Square Arch, travel the narrow twisting streets
of the West Village into the former world of Henry James, Ruth (My Sister Eileen) McKenney, Edward Albee and Edna St. Vincent
Millay, to name but a few.
of colorful Village characters like Sonia the Cigarette Girl, Tiny Tim, and Doris the Dope in the avant garde days of tea
rooms, speakeasies, theatrical boarding houses and artists' garrets!
Visit the sites of:
- The Bon Soire, a jumpin' joint where superstars were born;
- Minetta Lane, once known as "Little Africa";
Inn where drag queens rioted...only doors away from the Lion's Head where Jessica Lange once waitressed;
- The Fat Black Pussycat Theatre, hangout of beat poets and hep cats;
- Sheridan Square, the magnet that attracted loose screws;
- Grove Court, a hidden cul-de-sac where the working-class lived and drank;
- "Haunted" Cherry Lane Theater
... and much, much more!
Afterwards we can point you in the direction of The Magnolia Bakery --
the cupcake paradise made as famous as a hot disco by "Sex and the City." (Yes, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew
Broderick live in the Village, by the by, as do many other celebrities.)
Time: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays
- weekdays and Saturdays negotiable (Please inquire. Where possible, we will try to accommodate your schedule.)
Please note there are no tours on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas or the day after Christmas.
Tour runs approximately 2 hours
Grand Dames of the Upper West Side
Discover the eccentric and
fascinating histories of some of the most architecturally splendid buildings in Manhattan. Begin at Columbus Circle
and see why the West Side attracts so many movie stars with its character, beauty and tremendous culture!
· History of Central Park;
· Tales from the Dakota,
my personal favorite building in New York City, this Gothic, elephantine architectural masterpiece the setting for “Rosemary’s
Baby” and the site where John Lennon was shot;
· The Ansonia with its rotund turrets, once home
of Igor Stravinsky and once housing an infamous gay bathhouse;
· The San Remo, former home of Dustin Hoffman,
Demi Moore, Tiger Woods and Steven Spielberg, to name a few;
· Lincoln Center, epicenter of culture;
The Majestic, once home to Luciano crime family;
...and much, much more!
Time: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Please inquire. Where possible, we will try to accommodate
your schedule.) Please note there are no tours on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas or the
day after Christmas.
Tour runs approximately 2 1/2 hours
Marvels plus Little Italy and Chinatown!
See Times Square and hear of its honky tonk past, a world
of brothels, horse carriages and bright lights and visit some of the key iconic highlights of midtown Manhattan, the sites
that are symbols of the city. We show you classic highlights of NYC (and then some some) including the Empire State
Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall, the Russian Tea Room, Central Park, etc.
If you have children, tour will include kid-friendly hot spots like FAO Schwartz, American Girl Store, the giant ferris wheel
at Toys 'R Us, and the M&M Store, along with the regular sites, to keep the little ones happy. Around the holidays,
we will see all the iconic store windows, the Great Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, the giant snowflake at Tiffany's
and the city in all its festive glory. You can do this as a 2 1/2-hour tour which includes the sites above or also
do a private, 7-hour tour which also includes Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower Manhattan. Our 7-hour tours are comprehensive
without being debilitating and will really help you get oriented to the city. On the private, 7-hour tour we
head down to Little Italy for delicious, authentic and reasonably-priced Italian food with a stroll through Chinatown to follow (price
for food and refreshments not included in tour). We also tour Lower Manhattan and Wall Street and see
the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island by ferry. See below for special rates for the 7-hour tour.
The Empire State Building, once known as the "Empty State Building";
· The Chrysler Building, one of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in the city;
· Rockefeller Center and
Radio City Music Hall;
· Magnificent St. Patrick's Cathedral;
New York Public Library with its two majestic lions;
· The Plaza Hotel
where Eloise famously romped and everyone from the Beatles, kings and queens stayed;
...and much, much more!
Time: For 2 1/2-hour tours - 11 a.m. and. 3 p.m.
For 7-hour tours: 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (days negotiable) Please note there are no tours on
Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas or the day after Christmas.
runs 7 hours for the private tour which includes Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower Manhattan and 2 1/2 hours for
the tour that includes Midtown Marvels only
What is the price
of the tour?
For the Greenwich Village tour, a modified Midtown tour, and
Upper West Side tour, the price is $25 per person (please always check website for discount coupons!)
What about seven hour tours?
As stated above, we will also do a seven-hour tour which
would show you classic highlights of NYC (and then some some) including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building,
Grand Central Station, Carnegie Hall, the Russian Tea Room, Central Park, etc. This will be a comprehensive tour
without being debilitating. You can see and enjoy the city without needing a vacation fron the vacation! If you
have children, tour will include kid-friendly hot spots like FAO Schwartz, American Girl Store, the giant ferris wheel at
Toys 'R Us, and the M&M Store, along with the regular sites, to keep the little ones happy. It's a
dynamic tour to take around the holidays when we see all the iconic and dazzling store windows, many of them
animated, and festive Christmas decorations, including the Great Tree at Rockefeller Center and the giant snowflake at
Tiffany's. As a bonus, we go to Little Italy for authentic Italian food and a stroll through Chinatown (food and
beverages not included in price of tour). We will also pick you up at your hotel, if you so desire.
Rates for these private, personal tours for your family or small group of up to 10 people will be:
$399 for your entire group.
For groups exceeding 10 people, please inquire.
What kind of payment is accepted?
Cash is accepted at
the start of the tour, except for the 7-hour tour. For 7-hour tours, a deposit of half is required in advance.
Is tipping required?
Tipping is completely
voluntary. Tour guides are in a service industry, so tips are not required, but, should you wish to do so, your tips
are always greatly appreciated.
What is the cancellation policy?
We would greatly appreciate
24 hours notice. If more notice is possible, even better! The same consideration will be given from our end.
Tours take place in rain or shine, but not in severe thunderstorms, monsoons, earthquakes, or blizzards! Always wear
comfortable walking shoes and carry water in the heat! Please try to book in advance because
tours fill up quickly. For special group tours outside of the given time frame, please inquire. Thank you.