Steeped in a rich history that dates back to the 16th century, New York is a global city that is undoubtedly one of the world’s biggest economic, cultural and technology hubs. Iconic landmarks have dominated movies, TV shows and world news for decades. Now it’s your turn to get an inside glimpse of the city that never sleeps.
1. 9/11 Tribute Center Tour
The Tribute Center galleries will give you a first-hand account of 9/11 from those who were there and affected by the tragedy. Artefacts, films, images and personal accounts will take you through history and give you a deeper understanding of what impact it really had on citizens in New York and across the world. Tours are around an hour and 15 minutes long, so wear comfy shoes.
120 Liberty St
2. Hip-Hop Hush Tours
From its underground roots to being the voice of a generation, hip-hop has united millions of people across the globe. The Hip-Hop Hush Tour celebrates what is considered a part of New York’s cultural heritage and will give fans a chance to get inside knowledge about some of the musicians who defined a generation.
292 5th Ave
3. Circle Line Cruise
If you’re worried about not having enough time to see all the incredible sites in NYC, then the Circle Line Landmark Cruise is your answer. In just 1.5 hours you’ll cruise under the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. There are also fab picture opps of lower and midtown Manhattan and you’ll sail within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty.
Pier 83, W 42nd St
4. Sex and the City Hotspots
Are you a fan of Carrie and the girls? Then you must take the time to visit some of the popular locations featured in the infamous Sex and the City TV show. From their wedding venues to where they used to love going for cocktails, you’ll feel like one of the gals when you’re on the Sex and the City Hotspots tour. Watch a few episodes of the show before to get excited, because this tour is for the die-hard fan. More into Gossip Girl, fear not, the same company offers a guided bus tour to help you retrace Serena and Blair’s steps in the Upper East Side.
Near 5th Ave and 58th St (Exact location will be given upon ticket purchase)
Are you a keen photographer? The Citifari, run by professional photographers, takes groups on photo tours around Manhattan. They’ve scouted the best picture options and will share tips on taking the most incredible snaps to add to your portfolio. Whether you’re a novice shutterbug or a professional, choose from a selection of 2.5-hour excursions that will be worth your while. With several tours to pick from, you can focus on SoHo, Central Park or even some of the best spots to catch at night.
6. New York Gallery Tour
Lovers of art will know just how influential the art market is in New York. With over 600 galleries in NYC, where do you begin? The New York Gallery tour will take you on a journey to find the most innovative art and takes you on a colourful journey to the most contemporary art scene. Private tours are also available.
Calling all foodies – these quirky culinary walking tours will take you on a food extravaganza in local hubs across New York City that will leave you feeling like you’re on a different planet. The Noshwalks tours are also customisable and aim to take food lovers to less popular spots. Think three blocks filled with Indian cuisine. Or one street that has Brazilian dishes. Come hungry!
900 West and 190th St
8. Harlem One Stop
The insightful Harlem One Stop tour offers visitors the chance to visit Harlem and will give you the historical and cultural overview of this vibrant neighbourhood. From gospel Wednesdays to a guided tour explaining the rich music culture, the options are limitless.
502 West 142nd St
– TEXT BY JESSICA FARAH
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking and seating requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.