CitySights NY lets visitors and residents alike see the city from a thousand different angles. There are boat tours, on yachts and clippers alike, which might be include a leisurely dinner as the sun sets or a lap around the Statue of Liberty. Helicopter tours buzz around the famous statue as well, or over Manhattan. For those looking to experience the city from inside a theater, trips to Broadway offer a glimpse into New York's dramatic legacy. There are also walking tours for those who like to keep a more leisurely pace or try to pet every dog in the city.
The company's double-decker tour buses, though, whisk visitors around the Big Apple, making stops at the city's top attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, SoHo, and Chinatown. Along the way, guides narrate the tour, adding details about the city's rich history and pointing out which pigeons are friendly. Each passenger seat comes with its own speaker to ensure that you don't miss a thing. Most tours are hop-on/hop-off, meaning you can take as much time as you want at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Central Park Zoo before catching another bus later in the day.
Like pigeons to a Central Park statue, the fragments of New York's history congregate at not-for-profit The City Reliquary Museum, which also acts as a civic organization that serves the five boroughs. There, past a bright red door and a canary-yellow awning, visitors find terracotta shards of landmark buildings, old-fashioned subway tokens, paint chips from the L train, and a wall of antique Statue of Liberty postcards. A shrine to Jackie Robinson celebrates a Civil Rights icon that contemporaries could have read about in an old-fashioned newsstand like the one preserved in an alcove in the next room. Other highlights of the museum include a rotating exhibition hall, a World's Fair archive, and a set of geological core samples that contain the seeds of the Big Apple. Through permanent display of New York City artifacts, rotating exhibits of community collections, and annual cultural events, The City Reliquary connects visitors to both the past and present of New York. The New York Post said the little storefront "celebrates Brooklyn?s underdog spirit with exacting curatorial detail," and the AV Club called it simply, warmly, "the city's oddest museum."
Harlem’s illustrious past and multifaceted present open up to tourists courtesy of Welcome to Harlem’s knowledgeable guides, all of whom are residents of the neighborhood. Day and evening tours are organized by interest, showcasing culinary hot spots, historic jazz venues, stunning architecture, shopping destinations, or rollicking church services. Landmarks such as the legendary Apollo Theater, Columbia University, and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine open up to guests, providing a casual, intimate view that can’t be attained on an unaccompanied stroll or while being chased by a clown car.
The Henrietta Moose Family Center and NaberHood Haunts, under their pavilion, opens their doors to reveal seasonal conversions. Thrill-seekers will move through the center's spooky hallways, testing their nerves against hiding actors, fog machines, strobe lights, and total darkness. Thrill-seekers can also test their skills at zombie paintball. In addition to the regular spooking hours, the center also hosts a special event for kids on the afternoon of October 19 from 1-3 p.m., where brave young souls can experience the fun with the lights on and all horrifying lima beans hidden from sight.
All proceeds from the haunted house will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Moose Charities, the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Henrietta Food Cupboard.
It doesn't matter if you've never been to New York City in your life: you still know it. So beloved is the city by the makers of movies and TV shows that visitors can hardly take a walk without being reminded of some iconic scene. There's F.A.O. Schwarz, where Tom Hanks played the giant piano in Big, there's the apartment building that Holly Golightly called home in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and there's the Empire State Building, fitted with gorilla wire since the events of King Kong. On Location Tours takes guests of the city on a curated adventure through all of these hotspots and more. The Sex and the City Hotspots tour ventures through a world of classy bars, decadent cupcakes, and saucy adult toy stores, while the Sopranos Sites tour starts in midtown Manhattan and winds through New Jersey locales such as the Bada Bing, Barone Sanitation, and the diner from that unforgettable final scene. Other tours focus on the many films captured at Central Park and the bars, restaurants, and nightclubs celebrities go to in real life to manufacture headlines for the tabloids. Up north, there's the Boston tours, which explore such sites as the bar from Cheers, the L Street Tavern from Good Will Hunting, and the giant letters from the opening credits of Ally McBeal.
The guides of Scary DC: Ghosts of Washington blend the natural and supernatural realms together in hair-raising tours of the city’s haunted habitats. Backed by the knowledge of professional historian Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, tour guides regale guests with paranormal tales of the city’s past and present. During 90-minute jaunts, tour-takers set out to discover the spirits of Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson while ignoring Millard Fillmore’s pleas that he’s important too. With a blend of supernatural lore and historical fact, Scary DC’s tours edify and entertain guests of all ages.