Before New York City's subway system was built, a secret test train, powered only by forced air, once traversed the space beneath City Hall. This little-known fact is just one of many that patrons of Better Adventures may hear during story-filled tours of the Big Apple. Led by New York City natives, tours reveal the stories behind the locations, cluing guests in on the secrets of eclectic neighborhoods and landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. The company doesn't just educate the public, either—proceeds from the tours help support Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.
At Staten Island Winery, wine enthusiasts transform into bona fide winemakers. They do so under the guidance of Bob Rando, who holds rank as the winery's owner and as an accredited winemaster. Bob and his team walk aspiring vintners through the process, starting with the crushing of grapes and ending with the bottling of finished products. Participants can even choose what kind of wine they make, either by selecting from the facility's list or coming up with their own blend.
Cuisine Type: Traditional American with a global twist
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: 10-oz. fresh-ground Angus burgers.
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: We have a live band every Thursday and Sunday night.
An eerie bartender, a forgotten concierge, a demented professor?on Haunted Manhattan's treks of the city's spectral underbelly, these are your guides. Each leads a 90-minute tour?in the East Village, West Village, and Greenwich Village, respectively?that stops at 13 haunted landmarks. The ghastly sights include hidden cemeteries beside glamorous hotels and ghost trains zipping through the Astor Place subway stop. Along the way, the guides conjure the spirits of jazz musicians, poet Dylan Thomas, and even Edgar Allen Poe, whose ghost still lingers around East 3rd Street on the off chance Lenore might show up.
From punk to Broadway, from rock to classical, NY Fun Music Tour provides an interactive picture of the Big Apple's famed music sites. During the approximately four-hour bus tour, passengers come within lighter-igniting distance of Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn's famed theaters, and the area of Central Park where the Muppets managed to take Manhattan. The bus also rolls through Greenwich Village?the turtlenecked cradle of the folk scene?and stops at numerous spots where famous music videos were filmed. A tour guide shares stories of the city's artistic scene, and a live band plays a rollicking set.
The folks behind NYC Motorcycle Tours saw a curious gap in New York's tourism industry. Of all the ways to see the city?double decker bus, boat, a screening of West Side Story?none gave visitors the exhilarating, open-air experience of riding a motorcycle. So, they set out to fix that, first by hiring a team of experienced motorcycle drivers and then by investing in GoPro cameras for helmets.
During the excursions, tourists take in a distinct view of the city from the back of the cycle while their helmet films it all for future viewing. Excursions include a downtown tour that passes the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street, The Uptown Tour with views of Yankee Stadium, and the Bridge and Tunnel Tour that brings Brooklyn in on the fun.