Ammiel Simon

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Report | a year ago
We booked a private tour of New York City with guide Ammiel Simon. Though he is more than willing to guide you through the usual tourist haunts, you must allow him to share with you the experience of the city as seen through the eyes of one whose heart and soul IS New York. Ammiel's first-hand experiences, extensive archives, and personal insights provide the subtext...aesthetic and times, heart-rending and disquieting... It will stay with you long after the tour has ended. Gail McGlathery and Jim Lange Clearwater, Florida
Report | a year ago
It was really an amazing tour! Something else than all those other 'standard' tours of NYC... Thanks Ammi!

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If there's one thing Ammiel Simon knows intimately, it's the sprawling metropolis of New York City. The certified city tour guide has been living there since 1960 and has performed on the stages of Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall. Seeing the landscape morph and the trends ebb and flow over the last 50 years has given Simon a true insider's perspective on this massive, cacophonous mishmash of people and neighborhoods.

Simon crafts a tour experience that eschews the conventional recitation of factoids for an authentic glimpse into the Big Apple's thriving, pulsating core. Although he proudly totes passengers through tourist staples such as Broadway, Wall Street, and Ground Zero, he never forgets his philosophy while leading these customized jaunts: "While New York may mean different things to different people, it is most of all a place where people live."

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Journalist Alistair Cooke once referred to New York City as "the biggest collection of villages in the world." Though the ever-changing metropolis has worn many identities, one need only glance at the crowds gathered in Grand Central Station or the clusters of friends lounging in Central Park to understand that New York City is the sum of incredibly diverse parts. Millions of immigrants have called the city home since its founding in 1624, and thousands of newcomers arrive each year to take their first bite out of the Big Apple.

One of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, Times Square is nearly synonymous with Manhattan. Neon billboards, giant wraparound news tickers, and the lights of Broadway draw visitors to this hub of commerce affectionately known as “the Crossroads of the World.” Modern skyscrapers mingle with buildings of great historic and architectural interest, such as the Paramount Building, the Flatiron Building, and One Times Square—site of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop.

Battery Park provides a tree-filled getaway amidst the bustling streets of the Financial District. Further north, a path circling the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park grants front-and-center views of the Midtown skyline. The city’s most crowded borough also flaunts an artistic side. The quiet West Village is home to renowned off-Broadway theaters such as the Lucille Lortel, and writers such as Dylan Thomas, Norman Mailer, and Hunter S. Thompson downed their share of beers at White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village.

Brooklyn lies across the historic Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883  to connect the two boroughs. An independent city until the end of the 19th century, it’s now home to more than 2.5 million residents. Many of Brooklyn’s formerly upper-class neighborhoods, lined with the borough’s ubiquitous brownstones, are now enclaves for artistic types and hip young professionals. In the 1990s, Williamsburg began filling with young hipsters who brought with them a profusion of art galleries, local-focused restaurants, and music venues. Upscale boutiques are now a common sight along the leafy streets of Prospect Heights and Park Slope. The lawns of Prospect Park, a 585-acre landscape designed in the 1860s, feature an intricate watercourse and the last of Brooklyn's indigenous forests.

Once maligned as gritty and downtrodden, The Bronx actually holds more parkland than any other borough. These green spaces house attractions such as an international botanical collection and the massive Bronx Zoo, where more than 4,000 animals live on 265 acres. Queens is largely a borough of museums and restaurants. Visitors frequent the modern museums of Long Island City, cheer on the New York Mets at Flushing's Citi Field, and dine in the authentic South-Asian restaurants of Jackson Heights, home to the city's largest Indian population.

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