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New York City Neighborhood Guide

New York City Neighborhood Guide

From the bright lights of Times Square to Brooklyn’s chic boutiques, New York City is home to many vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods. To explore them and their unique vibes, you can try hop-on hop-off tours, thematic walks, river cruises, or even going at it solo. No matter your method, this guide will help you discover NYC’s top districts.

The East Village

Historically home to punk rockers and artists, the East Village is gentrifying quickly but still maintains an edge. Highlights include the Japanese restaurants on St. Mark’s Place, McSorley’s Old Ale House, and leafy Tompkins Square Park. Vintage shops, boutiques, and cocktails bars abound, so explore the area on foot, day or night.

Midtown

Right in the middle of Manhattan, aptly named Midtown is home to some of New York’s top attractions, including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, and the Museum of Modern Art. The Theater District, in Midtown West, is packed with—you guessed it—theaters large and small as well as television studios. For discount show tickets, stop by the famous TKTS booth, then walk up Broadway to see the lights of Times Square.

Upper East Side

The Upper East Side, adjacent to Central Park, is perhaps best known for its numerous, world-renowned art museums. This Fifth Avenue stretch, known as Museum Mile, includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Neue Galerie, and El Museo del Barrio—the only New York museum dedicated to showcasing Latino artwork. 

Harlem

This vibrant, historically African-American neighborhood has transformed in recent years, but stays true to its Harlem Renaissance heritage. Numerous bars and restaurants offer stellar menus and live music, including the iconic Apollo Theater. For New York’s favorite soul food, stop by Sylvia’s, and visit the celebrated Studio Museum to experience Harlem’s art scene.

Chinatown and Little Italy

Chinatown and Little Italy are a living testament to New York City’s immigrant past. Strolling down Mulberry Street, Little Italy’s main drag, you’ll find classic red-sauce Italian restaurants, pizzerias, and gelato vendors. Crossing Canal Street into Chinatown, you’ll uncover narrow, bustling streets brimming with ethnic shops, food vendors, and small markets. For the best dim sum in the city, pop into one of the restaurants on winding Doyers Street. 

Williamsburg

This waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood is the epitome of cool. Williamsburg’s epicenter, Bedford Avenue, really comes to life on the weekends. Here and around the ’hood, you’ll find hipster clothing boutiques, trendy restaurants, and music venues. On Williamsburg’s north side, Brooklyn Brewery offers locally brewed craft beer, and McCarren Park is a great place to relax.

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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.20
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

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Harlem is one of New York City’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on its beauty just because you don’t know where to go on your own. This Harlem Sunday morning gospel tour, complete with a gospel choir service, takes care of the details for you. See the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, and explore parts of this neighborhood. Upgrade to include a soul food brunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

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From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$81.63
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Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

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Tuck into the flavors and traditions of two of New York's top foodie neighborhoods on this Chinatown and Little Italy food tour. While exploring these neighborhoods can be overwhelming on your own, traveling with a guide enables you to focus on the food rather than worrying about getting lost. Plus, the guide takes you to off-the-beaten-path establishments where you can sample items such as homemade mozzarella and dim sum.
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  • 3 hours
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$76.80
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SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Pack highlights of New York City’s most interesting neighborhoods—SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown—all into one day with this walking tour. In SoHo, visit the Cast Iron Historic District and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster. In Chinatown, soak up the sights, smells, and sounds of the neighborhood.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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3 New York Neighborhoods Small-Group Tour : SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy

3 New York Neighborhoods Small-Group Tour : SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy

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New York City is so big, it can be difficult to fit everything into one visit. This tour makes seeing NYC’s most interesting neighborhoods—SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown—in one day easy. In SoHo, visit the historic Cast Iron District, and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites, and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster. In Chinatown, see top highlights and where get the best bargain.
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  • 2 hours
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Lonely Planet Experiences: East Village Cocktails & Speakeasies Small Group Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: East Village Cocktails & Speakeasies Small Group Tour

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Experience the heart of Manhattan’s booming cocktail scene like an insider by visiting the top watering holes in the East Village with an in-the-know guide. New York is a true cocktail town, both for classic and cutting-edge libations, and with this tour you can enjoy three beverages and explore the dynamic neighborhood, learning about where the best restaurants and bars are in the area.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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East Village Rock n' Punk Tour

East Village Rock n' Punk Tour

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Discover the three genres of music that helped form rock culture in New York City’s East Village on this guided rock walk tour. Rock, punk, and glam helped introduce new music, rock ’n’ roll fashion, and a way of life to the world. See where bands like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and others wrote music and played gigs. Soak up the rich musical history and get to know the East Village rock scene on the Original Rock ’n’ Roll Walking Tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$46.94
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Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx Contrast Tour in Spanish or English

Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx Contrast Tour in Spanish or English

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New York City has many sides. So many that most visitors and even some locals don’t see them all. This guided tour takes you to some hidden enclaves in the Big Apple: visiting Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. Stop in multicultural neighborhoods to learn about local culture, sample the food, and see landmarks from famous films.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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New York Hip-Hop Tour

New York Hip-Hop Tour

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Hip-hop music began in New York City, and there's no better way to explore this iconic music genre than this insider’s tour led by one of rap's Grandmasters. This exclusive experience takes you on an interactive musical journey through Manhattan, Harlem, and the Bronx to uncover the origins and evolution of hip-hop and rap music.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.99
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High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour

High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour

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Explore two of Manhattan’s most unique destinations while tantalizing your taste buds during this combo tour of High Line Park and Greenwich Village. Stroll along the leafy expanse of New York’s public park, built on an elevated former railway line. After working up an appetite, follow your senses on a tasting tour through trendy Greenwich Village. Learn about the neighborhood while stopping to sample pizza, chocolate, and Italian specialties.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$132.27
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Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour

Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour

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New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is a must-see area of the city. Pack in a walking tour, gospel service, and brunch all into one day and save time planning individual activities. Walk through the heart of the Mount Morris Historic District; see the storied historic theater; and then attend a local gospel service to clap and sing along to classic Harlem melodies. Finish your tour with brunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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New York: Times Square and Midtown Sites & Bites

New York: Times Square and Midtown Sites & Bites

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There’s more to Times Square than meets the eye—and there’s a lot to see. Don’t miss a thing in one of the busiest neighborhoods in the world on this guided tour that starts at the iconic Grand Central Terminal. Grab a bite to eat and discover the grand façade, main concourse, and even a hidden passage to the street. Then marvel at the Midtown skyscrapers and bright lights of Broadway while sampling food along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Art Deco and Architecture Midtown Landmarks Tour

Art Deco and Architecture Midtown Landmarks Tour

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Midtown Manhattan is home to many iconic New York landmarks, and during this small-group walking tour, you can look forward to discovering most of them in the span of just a few hours. Meet your guide in a convenient location, and set off on a stroll that makes many indoor stops, a great option any time of the year. See top attractions and learn the stories behind these great sights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.00
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Midtown Manhattan Art and Architecture Walking Tour

Midtown Manhattan Art and Architecture Walking Tour

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Experience Midtown Manhattan through its unusual network of covered passageways on this guided walking tour. Explore the extensive labyrinth of tunnels that connect private and public places between Hell’s Kitchen and Tiffany & Co. with a savvy guide. Get a primer on New York City history, see striking works of art and architecture, and learn how insiders get where they’re going—while staying dry on a rainy day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$38.00
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Central Park and Upper East Side Walking Tour

Central Park and Upper East Side Walking Tour

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New York City's Central Park is a vast expanse in the heart of the city, and it can be daunting to explore on your own. With this leisurely Sunday morning walking tour, explore the pathways, gardens, ponds, and monuments of Manhattan’s beloved historic park with a local guide to take in its top landmarks and learn its fascinating history. End by admiring the stately buildings and luxurious avenues of the Upper East Side.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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1 Day Jewelry Making Class

1 Day Jewelry Making Class

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Create a one-of-a-kind ring with a 3-hour jewelry class in the East Village, and work with the tips and guidance of an experienced jeweler. Start from scratch or bring a favorite idea to life in silver or brass, with the option to upgrade to 14- or 18-carat gold. Enjoy the personal, hand-on experience of a small-group workshop with just four students per class. Engrave your creation with your initials, and take home an unforgettable, unique memento.
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  • 3 hours
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$175.00
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Brooklyn Beer History & Tasting Tour

Brooklyn Beer History & Tasting Tour

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Sample what’s brewing in Brooklyn on this beer-tasting walking tour. Get the lowdown from your guide on Brooklyn’s beer-making history as you explore the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood. Go behind-the-scenes of a local brewery, taste a variety of different beers, and tuck into a tasty pizza lunch. A fun perk: you receive a complimentary brewery map in case you want to continue the fun after your Brooklyn beer tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00