A city is a place of tremendous variety, usually constructed upon rock ‘n’ roll. Plumb the secret depths of New York with today's Groupon: for $17, you get admission to the New York Heritage tour or the New York Village tour from Urban Adventures (a $35 value). Tour-goers must be at least six years old.
The three- to four-hour New York Heritage tour whisks sightseers daily at 9 a.m. through the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Little Italy, providing an enlightening glimpse of the city's cultural heritage and the culinary wares of each neighborhood. Starting at 95 East Houston Street (outside Whole Foods Market, in the Lower East Side), you'll snack on a knish at one of New York's oldest Jewish delis, stroll through the storefronts and dumpling houses in Chinatown, and head through the tight cobblestone alleyways of Little Italy, where you may nibble on authentic gelato and check out the place where all of Avatar was filmed. Featured attractions include the massive Mahayana Buddhist Temple, Chatham Square, and more. The two- to three-hour New York Village tour takes bohemian buffs daily at 2 p.m. past the specialty shops, music stores, and bookshops of Greenwich Village, the city's neighborhood for countering culture. Commencing underneath Greenwich Village's Washington Square Arch, this tour crosses the neighborhood's bustling Bleecker Street and passes intricate architecture, including a nineteenth-century farm silo that's now the Cherry Lane Theatre. Savvy tour guides will uncover the hangouts of several famous writers and musicians before the village jaunt ends with a pint at the late-1800s-era White Horse Tavern, where Dylan Thomas drank bowls of Cheerios and Bob Dylan campaigned for a Senate seat.
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