BIG APPLE GREETER Local, multilingual volunteers show tourists the ins and outs of New York City when they lead two-to-four-hour jaunts through the city’s neighborhoods. Excursions, free, are available both by foot and by subway. Reservations must be made at least four weeks prior to the scheduled visit. For more information, call 212.669.8159. BLAZING SADDLES Bicycle rentals and guided tours throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. Bikes for children, baby seats, trailers and tagalongs available. Daily rentals are for 24 hours, and include lock, helmet, handlebar bag and racks. Rentals available starting at 9 am and beginning at $12 per hour/$39 per day. Pier 78, Hudson River Greenway, at W. 38th St.; South Street Seaport, Pier 17, at Fulton St., 917.440.9094. CENTRAL PARK TOURS Two-hour engaging walking, pedicab and bike tours of Manhattan’s largest urban park are available 365 days a year, including Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle and the Great Meadow. Rentals available. Times/prices vary. Btw 59th & 110th sts .btw Fifth Ave. & Central Park West, 718.419.3222. CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING CRUISES Magnificent views of the Big Apple skyline and landmarks can be seen on one of the fully narrated sightseeing cruises of New York Harbor. Full Island, Semi- Circle, Harbor Lights and Liberty cruises and more are available. Times/ prices vary. Cruises depart from Pier 83, at W. 42nd St. & 12th Ave. For schedules, call 212.563.3200.
CITYSIGHTS NY Hop- on, hop- off double- decker bus tours by day and night allow passengers to experience Manhattan from the top ( Harlem) to the bottom ( Battery Park), with visits to popular attractions in Brooklyn as well. Frequent departures daily 8 am- 6 pm. Prices vary. Visitors Center: 234 W. 42nd St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves. (inside the lobby of Madame Tussauds), 212.812.2700. CITYSIGHTSEEING NEW YORK CRUISES Explore Manhattan and Brooklyn on all- day hopon, hop- off sightseeing cruises, with a minimum of four locations. Picture opportunities include the Statue of Liberty, panoramic views of Manhattan’s East and West Sides and sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge. On 90- minute Twilight sails passengers glide past the city’s most iconic sights. Pier 78, 455 12th Ave., at W. 38th St. 212.445.7599 FASHION WINDOW WALKING TOUR This two- hour journey immerses visitors in NYC’s fashion industry and offers insider info on window designs and fashion displays. Opportunities to shop designer items at up to 65 percent off retail prices. Departs 3 p. m. on Tu- F and noon on Sa from Macy’s Herald Square. $34.99 per ticket, with discounts for groups of two or more adults. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL AUDIO TOUR Learn the secrets and fascinating history of the famous transportation hub that is more than 100 years old with this self- guided audio tour, available on a device from Orpheo. $9 adults, $7 seniors/disabled, students/ children. Pickup from GCT Tour Window on the Main Concourse. 89 E. 42nd St., at Park Ave., 917.566.0008.
GRAY LINE CITYSIGHTSEEING NEW YORK Sightseeing tours by bus, boat and helicopter, such as the 48-hour, hop- on/hopoff double- decker bus tour that includes the Downtown Loop, Uptown Loop and Brooklyn Loop. Citywide transportation, individual, group and one- day packages are also available. Tours are available in 11 languages. The company also offers buses to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets seven days a week. Buses leave from the Gray Line New York Visitor Center. 777 Eighth Ave., btw W. 47th & W. 48th sts., 212.445.0848. HIGH QUALITY TOURS Choose from a number of different tour packages, including land and sea tours, from this New York and Miami tour company. Tours include travel in luxury vehicles, stops for photo ops, with some tours offering gourmet meals. Private luxury packages include wheelchair accessibility, chauffeured transportation and other customized options. 800.995.1147. HORNBLOWER CRUISES A luxury cruise line offers a variety of sightseeing cruises. Launching from Pier 40 in the West Village, dinner and Sunday jazz brunch cruises are complete with iconic sights along the Hudson River. Launching from Pier 15 in South Street Seaport, happy hour, lunch and late-night party cruises feature views of the New York Harbor and a live DJ. Prices/dates/times/ lengths vary. Hornblower Landing, Pier 40, 353 West St., at W. Houston St., 646.846.4803; East River Esplanade, Pier 15, 78 South St., btw Fletcher & John sts., 646.760.1860. MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ALL-ACCESS TOUR This tour of one of the world’s most famous sports and entertainment arenas takes visitors on a behind-the-scenes exploration of the totally revamped and modernized venue. Highlights include VIP areas, locker rooms and an exhibition on the greatest moments in the landmark’s 130-year history. Daily 10:30 am-3 pm. $26.95 adults, $18.95 seniors/students, $17.95 children. Seventh Ave., at W. 33rd St., 866.858.0008. MASONIC HALL This historic structure, built in 1873, is an exquisite series of rooms, including the Corinthian Room, which includes handwrought plaster details set in gilt and vibrant colors. The hall is headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York and The Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Library and Museum. Tours are free and are conducted M-Sa, 10:30 am and 2:15 pm. 71 W. 23rd St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves., 800.362.7664 METRO TOUR SERVICE Licensed tour guide Mauricio Lorence leads walking tours of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. $25. Tours depart from Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave., btw Ashland Pl. & Felix St., Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. For tour dates/lengths/times/prices, call 917.558.0089. NEW YORK IMPRESSIONS TOUR On this quirky tour, visitors get in touch with their creative side as they collect rubbings from classic New York locations to create a one- of-a-kind souvenir that is framed and delivered to their hotel. M-Su 8:30 am & 1:30 pm $107-$150. Tours depart from Grand Central Terminal. 212.209.3370. REAL NEW YORK TOURS This highly rated tour offers up close and personal tours of the city, including the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Morningside Heights and Harlem; six- hour tours of the entire island from
Central Park to Chinatown; and more. Group tours are available by subway and foot, and private tours are also available. Prices and schedules vary. 917.572.7017. SCOTT’S PIZZA TOURS Scott Wiener created his tour company from his passion for great pizza which started as a boy. Various tours include a Lower East Side/East Village Pizza Walk, Brooklyn Pizza Walk, and Times Square Pizza Walk, along with bus tours as well. Prices/times/locations vary. 212.913.9903. SPIRIT CRUISES The Manhattan skyline is on the menu, along with dancing, entertainment and fine and casual dining. The all- glass “Bateaux New York” is known for its gourmet elegance and live jazz; “Spirit of New York Cruises” is a floating bistro with a disco and live show. Specialty cruises are offered throughout the year. Lunch, dinner and cocktail cruises available, as well as private yacht cruises. Times/ prices vary. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, at W. 21st St. & the West Side Hwy., 866.483.3866; Lincoln Harbor Yacht Club, 1500 Harbor Weehawken, NJ STATUE CRUISES Ferries carry visitors to the Statue of Liberty National Monument 100 times a week, with National Park Service rangers on board to regale passengers with their expert knowledge. Daily departure times from Battery Park vary. $18 adults, $14 seniors (62+), $9 children ages 4-12, under 4 free. Audio tour included. 201.604.2800. STYLE ROOM Fashion expert Karen Parker O’Brien creates personalized shopping tours that include
VIP access to designer
showrooms. 25 W. 34th St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 646.245.5316. TOP VIEW See the best of the city from a range of different tour options, including a Light Up New York Night Tour, All City Pass 1- Day Tour, All City Plus 5- Day Tour and others. Hop- on, hop- off tours are on double- decker buses, Liberty Cruises and Central Park Bike Rentals and Tours. Tours include audio commentary and a variety of routes. All tours are kid-friendly. Visitor Center, 2 E. 42nd St. at Fifth Ave., 212.664.0300. URBAN OYSTERS NYC WALKING TOURS Visitors can explore the Brooklyn Navy Yard or sample Williamsburg’s finest beer and food while learning about the importance of historical preservation. For more information, call 347.618.8687. VIATOR TOURS This huge tour company offers a wide variety of tours, including VIP, helicopter and out- of-town tours. Choose from such tours as Mornings at MoMA and EmptyMet Tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (part of the VIP tours), NYC Evening Helicopter Flight and Statue of Liberty Cruise and many others. 888.651.9785. WOOLWORTH BUILDING Designed between 1910 and 1912 as Frank W. Woolworth’s NYC headquarters, the Woolworth Building was once the tallest building in the world. Tours of the magnificent vintage lobby are available. The Wooly Public, a full-service restaurant, is on the ground floor. 233 Broadway, 203.966.9663.