In­side scoop on tell-all city bus tour

Take a fas­ci­nat­ing ride through the city that never sleeps and get to the core of the Big Ap­ple’s head­line news sto­ries and gossip, writes Leonard Greene

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WEL­COME to the only tour of New York that’s front-page news!

For New York­ers and tourists who want to see the Big Ap­ple through the eyes of the city’s most in­ter­est­ing and best-read news­pa­per, The Post de­liv­ers in spades.

Where else can sight­seers learn about Rock­e­feller Cen­tre, Trump Tower or Cen­tral Park, and get the scoop be­hind the na­tion’s most colour­ful head­lines?

Be­cause it’s not enough to have a tour guide tell you that The Plaza ho­tel was fea­tured in the movie Home Alone 2, or that it hosted a lav­ish wed­ding for ac­tors Michael Dou­glas and Cather­ine Zeta-Jones.

You also need to know that it hosted one of ac­tor Char­lie Sheen’s wildest celebrity melt­downs, or, as The Post put it:

‘‘ TRASHED! Sheen in coke and hooker fu­elled ram­page at The Plaza.’’ Now, that’s a tour. ‘‘ I want it to be fun for peo­ple,’’ Post pub­lisher Jesse An­gelo said. ‘‘ That’s the whole point. Ev­ery tour tells you about The Plaza. None of them tells you about Char­lie Sheen.’’

And, none of them gives you a lux­ury bus plas­tered with The Post’s best front-page head­lines.

There’s ‘‘ Toast of the Town’’, a story about a tan­ning-booth-ob­sessed New Jersey mom.

There’s ‘‘ Weiner’s Rise and Fall’’, which pretty much summed up the fall from grace of Con­gress­man An­thony Weiner af­ter he tweeted a crotch-shot photo and lied about it.

And, of course, there’s the grandaddy of them all, the col­lec­tion of front-page words that most head­line writ­ers can only dream about: ‘‘ Head­less Body in Top­less Bar’’, which topped a pic­ture of a ma­ni­a­cal mur­derer who forced a hostage at gun­point to cut the head off a man the gun­man had shot to death in a Queens bar.

If the head­lines aren’t en­ter­tain­ing enough, clever tour guides add their unique brand of sto­ry­telling skills, not that The Post’s sen­sa­tional sto­ries need any em­bel­lish­ment.

Not only can they crack jokes as if they were David Let­ter­man, but they can tell you ev­ery­thing you ever wanted to know about the Ed Sul­li­van The­atre, where Let­ter­man does his late-night show.

‘‘ We were thrilled at the prospect of part­ner­ing with The Post on the Head­lines tour. We try to of­fer as au­then­tic a New York ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble and it doesn’t get more au­then­tic New York than The Post,’’ said Ja­son Hack­ett, chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer for New York Cruise Lines.

The Post part­nered with Metro Sight­see­ing to de­liver this en­ter­tain­ing new tour. Metro Sight­see­ing is a sis­ter com­pany to Cir­cle Line Sight­see­ing, both of which are owned by the pri­vately held New York Cruise Lines.

The Head­lines tour com­ple­ments Metro’s ex­ist­ing sched­ule of New York City bus and boat tours.

The tour also men­tions Post founder Alexan­der Hamil­ton, the na­tion’s first trea­sury sec­re­tary, who was mor­tally wounded in a duel with vice-pres­i­dent Aaron Burr.

The 21/ 2- hour tour starts at Sev­enth Ave and West 57th St and winds its way through Mid­town, SoHo, Greenwich Vil­lage and lower Man­hat­tan.

Tick­ets are $49 each from and are avail­able at NY­Post.com/tour, met­rosight­see­ingny.com and on the bus. leonard.greene@ny­post.com

MEET THE PRESS: The New York Post tour bus in Times Square in the Big Ap­ple; and guide Lee Gel­ber (right of pic­ture) en­ter­tains vis­i­tors with the in­side story.

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