Courtney Shapiro

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Juli 29, 2020
Wall Street Walking Tour | Map and Route

This post provides a free, self-guided Wall Street walking tour along with a map. It also reviews and compares the various guided Wall Street tours available to you our guided, pay-what-you-wish tours of the Financial District. OVERVIEW Wall Street is synonymous with the Financial District and the nature of the business conducted in this area […]

Juli 20, 2020
New York City Public Library

This post is about how to plan a visit to the New York Public Library's main branch building in Manhattan. We include how to get here what you will see, and guided tours.  As local tour guides, we know that the NYPL main branch building is one of Manhattan's most underrated attractions - and it's […]

Juli 20, 2020
Bushwick Street Art, Map + Neighborhood Guide

This post is a self-guided tour of Bushwick in Brooklyn that takes you to see the neighborhood's great street art, some historic buildings and also suggests places to eat and shop. SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF BUSHWICK Click here for a larger interactive map. (A) Morgantown  The Morgan Avenue area of East Williamsburg/Bushwick is a hotbed of […]

Juli 18, 2020
The High Line is Now Open

The High Line is open as of July 16, 2020. This post explains the latest guidelines on how to visit the High Line.  Be sure to check out our post Things to Do on the High Line when you do visit.      We have an audio tour of the High Line narrated by one […]

Juni 30, 2020
Cheap Rooftop Bars in NYC with Skyline Views

This post lists some of the best affordable rooftop bars in New York City. They all offer stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, great vibes and tasty drinks. So why not sip on a perfectly poured 'Manhattan' gazing at the shimmering lights of Manhattan? When we wrote this post, we talked to some of our […]

Juni 8, 2020
New York Aquarium | Free Days and Reduced-Price Tickets

The New York Aquarium in Coney Island is a gem of New York City and worth a visit, especially when you can go for free or less than full price! In this post, we go over what you can expect to see at the Aquarium, how to save on tickets, free days and more. When […]

März 12, 2020
South Street Seaport | Things to Do and How to Get Here

The South Street Seaport is one of New York City's most historic neighborhoods. If you like charming 19th-century architecture, good food and cultural activities, a visit to the South Street Seaport is worth it. Our New York City tour guides have spent time at the South Street Seaport both giving tours and enjoying their free […]

März 6, 2020
Things to Do in Williamsburg Brooklyn

This post covers 13 great things to see and do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn today, tomorrow, or any day. We include where to see great street art, get stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, eat fantastic food, see concerts, shop vintage, dance, drink, and more!  We also share a half-day itinerary so you can make the […]

Februar 14, 2020
NYC for First-Time Itinerary of Must-See Sights

This post lists the top 18 must-see sights for a first-time visitor to New York City. We include brief summaries and essential information that will help you plan your time in NYC. TOP 18 THINGS TO SEE FOR FIRST-TIME VISITORS First-time visitors to NYC can feel overwhelmed by the number of sights to see in […]

Februar 13, 2020
Magnolia Bakery NYC

This post covers Magnolia Bakery, its NYC locations, its association with Sex and the City, what to order, and other visitor tips. It's also a stop on the official Sex and the City Bus Tour. INTRODUCTION Magnolia Bakery, renowned for its cupcakes, started out as a small local bakery in the quaint West Village in […]

Januar 11, 2020
Tipping in New York City

As New Yorkers, our local tour guides have been tipping for years. We are in a unique position to share with you the inside scoop on who to tip in NYC and how much. This post explains tipping (gratuities) for various services in New York City. We explain why tipping is expected, who to tip, […]

Januar 6, 2020
How to See the Statue of Liberty for Free

This post lists the 4 best places or ways to get a view of the Statue of Liberty for free, most notably the Staten Island Ferry. To be clear, there is only one ferry, run by Statue Cruises, that lets you disembark on Liberty Island to actually visit the Statue of Liberty. However, this one […]

Januar 4, 2020
Where Does the High Line Start

Basically, there is no starting point to the High Line. You can enter the High Line from multiple access points, so the start of the High Line is wherever you choose to enter!  Think of the High Line like a bookshelf with a bookend on either side. The northern end of the High Line is at […]

Dezember 28, 2019
Things to Do on the High Line

This post is about what to see and do on the High Line, as well as tips on planning your visit, where you can eat in the area and what tours are available. Overview Things to See and Do Plan Your Visit Places to Eat Guided Tours Things to Do in NYC OVERVIEW The High […]

Dezember 28, 2019
NYC Ferries: A Visitor's Guide on How to Ride

When planning a trip to NYC, you may want to include a ferry ride in your itinerary.  Not only are they a fantastic way to see the city from the water, but in some cases, a convenient means of transportation as well. This post explains New York City’s different ferry services, including destinations, how to […]

November 18, 2019
What Does DUMBO Stand For?

DUMBO is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. One might think that this acronym was created by realty developers hoping to draw buyers to a particular area of NYC that was ripe for gentrification. Such was the case with Nolita - which stands for North of Little Italy. Locals simply thought of […]

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