Sightseeing in Ridgewood


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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art's four-block-long building, located in Central Park, functions as a time capsule, preserving hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts that collectively demonstrate mankind's finest achievements. Founded in 1870 to bring fine art closer to the general public, the Museum has since become a means of exploring worldwide cultures through art. With more than 400 galleries open to the public, seeing all the Museum has to offer is more of a lifetime achievement than an afternoon commitment. Paintings by preeminent artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh draw huge crowds, but unexpected treasures await those willing to dig deeper. One collection of galleries features the world?s most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Another, equally compelling?and newly reopened?collection is devoted to intricate Islamic artwork from as far westward as Spain and Morocco and as far eastward as Central Asia and India. It's also impossible to overlook the galleries of Egyptian art and its approximately 26,000 artifacts, making it the largest collection of its kind outside Cairo. The Cloisters Museum and Gardens The Met?s collection is so expansive that it cannot fit entirely in its Fifth Avenue location. Travel to Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, and you'll find the Museum's collection of reassembled cloisters, which opened to the public in 1938. These beautiful medieval structures currently house around 2,000 manuscripts, tapestries, and stained-glass artworks largely dating from the 12th century through the 15th century. Three of the cloisters even feature gardens planted in accordance with medieval tradition.
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    66-26 Metropolitan Avenue
    Middle Village, NY US
  • Walk of Art
    The organizers of Walk of Art believe that a painting doesn't have to hang in a museum to be considered true art. They see artistic creations all over the streets and buildings of New York City, and share these dynamic discoveries through walking tours. They lead guests through what they call an "open-air gallery" spanning five boroughs, pouring over street art including multihued murals, intricate graffiti, wheat-paste art, and stencil work. They also elaborate upon each piece's story and meaning, and can spot graffiti signatures that to the untrained eye might just look like a blob of ink or an ancient hieroglyph. For those who have a certain area in mind, the guides also lead private tours throughout eclectic Brooklyn.
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    98 Wyckoff Ave
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • Bklyn Unplugged Tours
    Brooklyn is a vibrant borough replete with colorful food, creative shops and galleries, and street art, and the guides at Brooklyn Unplugged Tours introduce both locals and visitors to each piece of the area?s unique culture. Public walking tours explore a range of Brooklyn's neighborhoods, covering the history of industry and ethnic communities. Private tours are also available, and clients can customize them to be on foot or by subway or chartered vehicle.
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    30 Wyckoff Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • The Living Gallery
    A vibrant gallery space and a flashpoint for Brooklyn's artistic community, The Living Gallery embraces art in all its mediums. When not engaged for exhibitions and events, the space plays host to accessible classes for all ages, such as adult sketching lessons, critique workshops, and children's classes where young ones craft scary masks out of recycled materials and plaster casts of their bedroom's closet monster. Upcoming events are listed on the gallery's Facebook page.
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    1087 Flushing Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • NYC Gangster Tours
    NYC Gangster Tours' guides lead tour groups throughout New York's most notorious gangsters' stomping grounds while sharing stories of their illegal dealings and violent ends. Their tours traverse East Village, Little Italy, and Chinatown, stopping in at historic social clubs, caf?s, and alleyways where deals and whackings took place and where the city's organized crime network was born. Along the way, guides regale guests with tales of infamous gangsters including Charlie ?Lucky? Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and John "Teflon Don" Gotti, named for his invention of the nonstick fedora.
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    new one every time
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • Alex's tours
    As a polyglotte tour guide, Alex Gabriel Kanze has served as a New York City tour guide in its many different forms, from double decker bus rides to private tours. With Alex's Tours, he taps into his deep bank of knowledge to lead groups along enjoyable and informative walking tours. Alex specializes in Prohibition tours that add a spirited element to history. During the tour, guests will visit New York's hidden speakeasies and taverns as Alex waxes poetic on the history of prohibition and New York's place in it, with tidbits sprinkled throughout concerning history, culture, and the fact that the Statue of Liberty's torch was originally a martini glass.
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    911 Willoughby Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY US

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