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Exciting Tours Through the History
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Our private guided walking tours will give you the ultimate New York experience with up close and personal encounters around some of the world's most famous neighborhoods and landmarks. Get to know the stories and secrets behind the people and places that formed the city and shaped the nation as you discover the treasures hidden between the city streets. Our tours are an exciting way to get a personal in depth look at many of the distinct neighborhoods of Manhattan and epic moments in history. You will experience New York through its rich history, diverse culture and inspiring dynamic by the most knowledgeable and professional guides in the industry. Get ready for an inspiring and unforgettable experience with New York Historical Tours.

 



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New York Historical Tours provides a variety of inspiring and informative professionally guided private walking tours year round through many distinct neighborhoods of Manhattan, epic theme tours exploring significant eras and events in history, and immersive half day, full day and multi day itineraries.




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Experience the excitement of New York City on a private guided tour through Manhattan's many distinct neighborhoods each with their own unique style and character. Our standard private neighborhood tours are two hour guided explorations that take you on a detailed journey through many significant and surprising city sites.



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Historic Lower Manhattan and the Financial District Tour

Discover New York from it's early colonial history and hear the stories behind how it evolved to become the financial capital of the world. A walk through this historic district includes Downtown Harbor with spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Custom House, Stone Street, Fraunces Tavern, Wall Street, Federal Reserve, the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall, Trinity Church, the Woolworth Building and City Hall.

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Downtown Manhattan, Tribeca and SoHo Tour

History and the future converge on the West Side of Lower Manhattan. Explore historic districts and neighborhoods lined with stone streets and classic splendor as you make your way down to the city’s most modern and innovative structures to come out of an urban landscape. Uncover the many layers of history from early settlement through to its development as the city’s center for trade, industry, and creativity. You will discover incredible stories of American pioneers and stunning examples of transformation and revitalization as you are guided from the charm of the cast iron district to the modern magnificence of the World Trade Center.

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South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Bridge Tour

South Street Seaport is the most preserved historic district in Manhattan featuring some of the oldest architecture in New York City. The Dutch settlers constructed this first major port in 1625 and it quickly became the region’s most important center for commerce and trade and fueled the growth of the city. Engage in the past, present and future of this dynamic historic district as we navigate through the cobblestone streets from the oldest federal style buildings to the most modern innovations that host world class dining, shopping and entertainment. Top off the tour by exploring the iconic engineering marvel that is the Brooklyn Bridge and get some of most scenic and panoramic views of the city.

For tour inquiries and reservations call (646) 320-1277 or book online



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Lower East Side, Chinatown, Little Italy Tour

Explore the dynamic social history and diverse heritage of the southeast side of Manhattan. Discover how it developed and evolved into a melting pot that integrated into American culture.  Hear the dramatic stories of immigrants, from the notorious to the celebrated who left an indelible mark in our history as you are guided through the remains and incarnations of ethnic heritage that make up these neighborhoods including the Five Points, Mulberry Street, along with many historic places of worship and cultural institutions.

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Greenwich Village, NoHo and The East Village Tour

Encounter vibrant neighborhoods rich in history and full of life and character world renowned for being an epicenter of creativity, and counter culture of international influence. This tour will take you by many remarkable streets, venues and institutions such as St. Marks Palace, McSorley’s Ale House, The Public Theater, Cooper Union and Washington Square Park.  Along the way learn the incredible accounts of the neighborhood’s most renowned residents and uncover the pivotal moments and places that shaped popular culture.

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The West Village, Chelsea and the High Line Tour 

The West Village is considered the heart and oldest part of Greenwich Village. Beautiful townhouses, fine art galleries, one-of-a-kind stores, entertainment venues, and multitudes of cafes restaurants all add to the charm of the area. Between the tree lined streets and park squares is a thriving neighborhood home to many notable residents and places of historical significance. Exploring this unique and trendy neighborhood includes a visit to Jefferson Market Library, Stonewall Inn, Gansevoort Historic District, Chelsea Market, The Meat Packing District, and a walk through the artistically landscaped High Line park.

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Times Square and the Theater District

Times Square and the Theater District Tour

Times Square is the iconic center of the city and one of the world’s most popular attractions. Take a guided journey through the capital of entertainment and media and get a behind the scenes view of Broadway and the Theater District and the remarkable impact of the original influencers; the legendary people and landmark places that changed social perceptions and spread and popular culture around the world.

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Majestic Midtown Manhattan Tour

Explore the heart of the city, world famous for soaring sky scrapers, entertainment, fashion and shopping venues. Visit Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building, the New York Public Library, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and NBC Studios, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, The Plaza Hotel and Fifth Avenue.

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Secrets of Central Park Tour

Central Park is the centerpiece of Manhattan and America’s most popular and celebrated park where natural landscapes and man made features have been masterfully intertwined into a spectacular work of living art. It serves as an oasis of beauty and recreation for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Get an in depth look through many significant features and design elements in the park including Grand Army Plaza, The Central Park Zoo, Loeb Boathouse, The Pond, Tavern on the Green, Sheep’s Meadow, Strawberry Fields, The Mall, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Belvedere Castle, Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare Gardens, The Great Lawn, and many remarkable sculptures, statues, fountains and lakes that make up this most extraordinary urban retreat.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour

Skip the line at New York’s most popular attraction in and be guided to the most exciting highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This private tour will begin with the extraordinary history of the Met from its founding and development through the acquisitions that made it into a world class art institution. Discover some of the most incredible art, influential artists, significant artifacts, and little know secrets in history and culture from America and beyond.

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Highlights of Harlem Tour

Harlem is the capital of African American culture that has gone under many transformations through history. Early settlers employed the fertile farm land which developed into vast estates for wealthy New Yorkers during and after the revolutionary war until the late nineteenth century made way for modern developments that would be inhabited in large part by the African American community. Over the next several decades Harlem became a center of great artistic activity from writers, artists, musicians and intellectuals inspiring a cultural revolution and the Harlem Renaissance. On this tour you will go through the rich history of this neighborhood and visit Abyssinian Baptist Church, Apollo Theater, Swing Street, Striver's Row, Astor Row, and more.

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Step back in time and experience the excitement of an era on a private guided tour through history. Our standard private epic theme tours are two hour guided explorations that take you on a remarkable adventure where history was made.



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Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers Tour

Experience the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton; one of the most intriguing and accomplished figures in American History. Hear the inspiring story of how an orphan from an obscure island became a hero for the cause of independence and caught the attention of General George Washington. Hamilton's spirited genius helped form the nation on many different levels. Experience the stories of his relationships with other founding fathers such as Jefferson, Madison, Washington Adams and Burr. Discover the places where it all happened including Fraunces Tavern, Federal Hall, St. Paul’s Church and final resting place of Alexander Hamilton.

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The Gilded Age: They Heyday of High Society Tour

The Gilded Age: the Heyday of High Society takes you back through the history of the American Industrial Revolution and explores the lives and dynamics of the titans of American business; John Jacob Astor, Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, J.P. Morgan and more. Discover their inspiring rise to great fortune and power, the dynamics of the empires they built, the power struggles between them. Get to know the high times and intimate details of their personal lives. On this tour you will travel through millionaire’s row to see some of their lavish mansions, elite private social clubs and museums that house treasures of the self-made American royalty. Points of interest will include: The Metropolitan Club, the Metropolitan Museum of Art the Carnegie, Frick, Duke Mansions and more.

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The Jazz Age: Swing, Style and Social Revolution Tour

Experience New York from exciting times of the roaring 1920's through the transformative 1930s and 1940s. Discover how New York became the center of influence that helped to promote a shift into social revolution and modern culture. Explore the stylish social scenes of the day where history happened and legends were born. This engaging tour will take you through iconic sites of the era: Times Square 42nd Street, Swing Street, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and many other art deco masterpieces.

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Christmas in New York: The Holiday Tour

Experience the magic, spectacle and spirit of the holiday season on an enchanted journey through the history of holiday traditions.  This first class tour of Christmas in New York takes you to the most spectacular seasonal sites and reveals the inspired stories behind them.    Learn the true magic behind Macy’s and uncover the real miracles of 34th street.  Discover how Santa became the reigning jolly old fellow and the meaning behind the many merry customs we associate with season.  Encounter the wondrous whimsical windows and dazzling holiday displays along Fifth Avenue in a whole new way.   Delight in the magnificence of Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the world’s largest Menorah.   Get ready to enjoy the festive tales that will bring all the spectacle of the city to life for an unforgettable holiday treat.

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Looking for something special? Let our experts create the perfect unforgettable New York experience that is sure to enlighten, excite and inspire. We will design a custom private guided tour tailored to your unique interests and schedule from two hour explorations, half and full day experiences, to comprehensive multi day adventures. Please contact us to inquire about our custom tours.

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Bring the excitement of New York City and it's compelling history to your next event to engage, enlighten and inspire your audience. We will work with you to create an unforgettable experience to perfectly suit your event or special occasion in person or online.

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