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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

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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.

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