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Sarah from Paris asked

Best local guide in NYC?

Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I are going to NYC for the first time and we were looking for a local guide. So if you know a website or someone who is offering off the beaten track city tour it would be really helpful.

thank you 

New York City

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answered first by
Eva from New York City

Jeff Dobbins is amazing. He used to be with Walks of NY, but I think he is on his own now. And, he was an actor on Broadway, so his delivery is exceptional. You absorb a lot of info but the tours are fun. His Lower East Side tour is exceptional - and he can get you behind the scenes in Broadway theatres. You should be able to find him via Google or send me a message here and I can give you his contact info.

Urban Oyster (which also operates NYC tours for Intrepid's Urban Adventures division) has excellent group tours of craft beer bars, food scenes, craft cocktails, and more if you want a fun group tour. 

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Rocio from Costa Rica

Hello Sarah. I think you need no local guide to approach the city of Manhattan. In my opinion you'll just need a map, a list of must see-places and a lot of motivation to walk the city.  When choosing the places to visit, divide the city in Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan. This suggestion applies during spring, summer and fall time when the weather is on your behalf.  Let me suggest what places to visit in LM: Financial District, Little Italy, Chinatown New York, Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, High Line Park, Statue of Liberty, Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village, Columbus Circle, etc. In Midtown area you can start walking Central Park West, Central Park Zoo, Strawberry Fields, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, Belvedere Castle, etc. Visit a few of the best museums such as American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art and watch a Times Square show. There are many! Walk 5th Ave, it is a must! Also visit Rockefeller Plaza, Empire State Bldg, Bryant Park, Chrysler Building, NBC Studio Tour.

I am sure you guys will enjoy this iconic city as much as I always do.


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  1. Manhattan (attraction)
  2. Midtown Manhattan (neighborhood)
  3. Lower Manhattan (attraction)
  4. Financial District (attraction)
  5. Little Italy (attraction)
  6. Chinatown New York (neighborhood)
  7. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  8. DUMBO (attraction)
  9. High Line Park (attraction)
  10. Statue of Liberty (attraction)
  11. Meatpacking District (neighborhood)
  12. Greenwich Village (neighborhood)
  13. Columbus Circle (attraction)
  14. Central Park West (attraction)
  15. Central Park Zoo (attraction)
  16. Strawberry Fields (attraction)
  17. Bow Bridge (attraction)
  18. Bethesda Terrace (attraction)
  19. Belvedere Castle (attraction)
  20. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  21. Museum of Modern Art (attraction)
  22. Times Square (metro area)
  23. 5th Ave (attraction)
  24. Rockefeller Plaza (attraction)
  25. Empire State Bldg (attraction)
  26. Bryant Park (attraction)
  27. Chrysler Building (attraction)
  28. NBC Studio Tour (attraction)

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