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New York City Neighborhood Guide

New York City Neighborhood Guide

From the bright lights of Times Square to Brooklyn’s chic boutiques, New York City is home to many vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods. To explore them and their unique vibes, you can try hop-on hop-off tours, thematic walks, river cruises, or even going at it solo. No matter your method, this guide will help you discover NYC’s top districts.

The East Village

Historically home to punk rockers and artists, the East Village is gentrifying quickly but still maintains an edge. Highlights include the Japanese restaurants on St. Mark’s Place, McSorley’s Old Ale House, and leafy Tompkins Square Park. Vintage shops, boutiques, and cocktails bars abound, so explore the area on foot, day or night.

Midtown

Right in the middle of Manhattan, aptly named Midtown is home to some of New York’s top attractions, including the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, and the Museum of Modern Art. The Theater District, in Midtown West, is packed with—you guessed it—theaters large and small as well as television studios. For discount show tickets, stop by the famous TKTS booth, then walk up Broadway to see the lights of Times Square.

Upper East Side

The Upper East Side, adjacent to Central Park, is perhaps best known for its numerous, world-renowned art museums. This Fifth Avenue stretch, known as Museum Mile, includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Neue Galerie, and El Museo del Barrio—the only New York museum dedicated to showcasing Latino artwork. 

Harlem

This vibrant, historically African-American neighborhood has transformed in recent years, but stays true to its Harlem Renaissance heritage. Numerous bars and restaurants offer stellar menus and live music, including the iconic Apollo Theater. For New York’s favorite soul food, stop by Sylvia’s, and visit the celebrated Studio Museum to experience Harlem’s art scene.

Chinatown and Little Italy

Chinatown and Little Italy are a living testament to New York City’s immigrant past. Strolling down Mulberry Street, Little Italy’s main drag, you’ll find classic red-sauce Italian restaurants, pizzerias, and gelato vendors. Crossing Canal Street into Chinatown, you’ll uncover narrow, bustling streets brimming with ethnic shops, food vendors, and small markets. For the best dim sum in the city, pop into one of the restaurants on winding Doyers Street. 

Williamsburg

This waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood is the epitome of cool. Williamsburg’s epicenter, Bedford Avenue, really comes to life on the weekends. Here and around the ’hood, you’ll find hipster clothing boutiques, trendy restaurants, and music venues. On Williamsburg’s north side, Brooklyn Brewery offers locally brewed craft beer, and McCarren Park is a great place to relax.

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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 6 hours
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour

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See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

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Harlem is one of New York City’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. Don’t miss out on its beauty just because you don’t know where to go on your own. This Harlem Sunday morning gospel tour, complete with a gospel choir service, takes care of the details for you. See the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club, and explore parts of this neighborhood. Upgrade to include a soul food brunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

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From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
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Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest
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Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

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Tuck into the flavors and traditions of two of New York's top foodie neighborhoods on this Chinatown and Little Italy food tour. While exploring these neighborhoods can be overwhelming on your own, traveling with a guide enables you to focus on the food rather than worrying about getting lost. Plus, the guide takes you to off-the-beaten-path establishments where you can sample items such as homemade mozzarella and dim sum.
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  • 3 hours
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SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Pack highlights of New York City’s most interesting neighborhoods—SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown—all into one day with this walking tour. In SoHo, visit the Cast Iron Historic District and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster. In Chinatown, soak up the sights, smells, and sounds of the neighborhood.
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3 New York Neighborhoods Semi-Private Tour : SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy

3 New York Neighborhoods Semi-Private Tour : SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy

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New York City is so big, it can be difficult to fit everything into one visit. This tour makes seeing NYC’s most interesting neighborhoods—SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown—in one day easy. In SoHo, visit the historic Cast Iron District, and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites, and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster. In Chinatown, see top highlights and where get the best bargain.
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High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour
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High Line Park and Greenwich Village Food Tour

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Explore two of Manhattan’s most unique destinations while tantalizing your taste buds during this combo tour of High Line Park and Greenwich Village. Stroll along the leafy expanse of New York’s public park, built on an elevated former railway line. After working up an appetite, follow your senses on a tasting tour through trendy Greenwich Village. Learn about the neighborhood while stopping to sample pizza, chocolate, and Italian specialties.
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East Village Rock n' Punk Tour
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East Village Rock n' Punk Tour

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Discover the three genres of music that helped form rock culture in New York City’s East Village on this guided rock walk tour. Rock, punk, and glam helped introduce new music, rock ’n’ roll fashion, and a way of life to the world. See where bands like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and others wrote music and played gigs. Soak up the rich musical history and get to know the East Village rock scene on the Original Rock ’n’ Roll Walking Tour.
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Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour

Harlem Gospel and Brunch Tour

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New York City’s Harlem neighborhood is a must-see area of the city. Pack in a walking tour, gospel service, and brunch all into one day and save time planning individual activities. Walk through the heart of the Mount Morris Historic District; see the storied historic theater; and then attend a local gospel service to clap and sing along to classic Harlem melodies. Finish your tour with brunch at a local restaurant.
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Art Deco and Architecture Midtown Landmarks Tour

Art Deco and Architecture Midtown Landmarks Tour

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Midtown Manhattan is home to many iconic New York landmarks, and during this small-group walking tour, you can look forward to discovering most of them in the span of just a few hours. Meet your guide in a convenient location, and set off on a stroll that makes many indoor stops, a great option any time of the year. See top attractions and learn the stories behind these great sights.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Central Park and Upper East Side Walking Tour

Central Park and Upper East Side Walking Tour

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New York City's Central Park is a vast expanse in the heart of the city, and it can be daunting to explore on your own. With this leisurely Sunday morning walking tour, explore the pathways, gardens, ponds, and monuments of Manhattan’s beloved historic park with a local guide to take in its top landmarks and learn its fascinating history. End by admiring the stately buildings and luxurious avenues of the Upper East Side.
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