- 3 hours
We’ll continue along to Grand Central Station, a magnificent Beaux-Arts structure and temple to transportation, where we’ll gaze up at the star-flecked sky of the Main Concourse and discuss the Terminal’s origins during the heyday of long-distance passenger rail service. Just two blocks away, we’ll visit New York Public Library, a building that offers sumptuous exterior decoration and interiors for a very different purpose. We’ll conclude our walk in Bryant Park, one of the signature examples of New York City’s revival in the 1990's, or perhaps head down to the New York Times Building.
Generally speaking, the walk begins near Tudor City on 2nd Avenue. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map. The walk typically ends near Bryant Park or Time Square.
Do we go inside the venues or just see them from the outside?
You will go inside the lobbies of several of the skyscrapers we discuss on the walk. Some of these include the Chrysler Building, Daily News Building, and Grand Central Terminal.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.
Is this tour good for kids and teens?
Yes! We have some excellent family-friendly guides who can appeal to the learning styles of children. When booking, feel free to provide us with information about your children such as favorite school subjects, and hobbies. This way we can match you with the best possible guide.
Is this a walking intensive tour?
This walk covers about 1.25 miles overall. There are occasional opportunities to sit, use the bathroom, and get something to drink if needed.
Christopher has called New York City home since 1989, combined with many years living, studying, and working in Europe and the Middle East. Having been an expat in 7 countries, he knows how important it is to make guests feel welcome in an unfamiliar city. This motivates him to share his knowledge of New York City with others, and he wants to help all visitors gain unique insight into special places in his favorite city. Christopher has a PhD in history from Columbia University, has worked for universities and educational non-profits around the globe, and is interested in cultural and intellectual exchange, especially through education, cuisine, and travel.
Manuela is an Italian architect, longtime New Yorker, and licensed New York City tour guide. She has a Master’s Degree in Architecture, specializing in interior and industrial design. She is a member of the Guide Association of New York (GANYC), one of the oldest tour guide associations in America. She is fluent in English and a native Italian speaker. Manuela has extensive experience in guided walking tours, with small groups, families, and kids of all ages. Her love for this amazing city shows in each segment of her tours. She looks forward to the opportunity to share her passion with clients and help them discover the history, architecture and secrets of the city around every hidden corner to create long-lasting memories!
Ethan has been working in the arts and culture sector as a tour guide, experience designer, consultant and programmer for nearly two decades. He is the founder of an audience-building project focused on crafting unique experiences in museums and culture spaces to encourage new attendees. He has created tours of museums, cities, and cultural sites on every continent, except Africa and Antarctica, and has worked with organizations as diverse as the National Park Service, the Central Park Zoo, SFMOMA, The National Museums of Norway, California Academy of Sciences, Chicago Cultural Alliance and Te Papa Tongarewa in New Zealand. A seasoned storyteller, Ethan loves to dig for little-known backstories and unique personal histories that make spaces and places come to life. When he's not leading a tour, Ethan can be found sipping craft beer, strolling his home neighborhood of DUMBO, and teaching the Audience Development course as a part of Baruch College's Arts Administration MA program.
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