23- 27 TOURS

GUIDED TOURS ARE A GREAT WAY TO GET TO GRIPS WITH DIF­FER­ENT NEIGH­BOUR­HOODS AND TO LEARN A LOT IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME. HERE ARE A FEW TO CON­SIDER IF YOU’RE PLAN­NING A TRIP TO THE CITY

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Os­car Wilde Tours

Cov­er­ing both well- known and more ob­scure parts of NYC’s gay past, Os­car Wilde Tours off ers two- hour walk­ing tours around Green­wich Vil­lage and East Vil­lage. Led by ex­pe­ri­enced guides, you’ll hear anec­dotes about Mae West, Walt Whit­man and many other infl uen­tial LGBT+ celebri­ties who shaped the city’s his­tory. There’s also a spe­cial tour of the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum, tak­ing a closer look at its ho­mo­erotic art — in­clud­ing that by big names such as Michelan­gelo and Pi­casso. Tours start at $ 30 per per­son, with con­ces­sions for stu­dents and se­niors.

os­car­wilde­tours. com

On Lo­ca­tion Tours

On Lo­ca­tion Tours’ daily NYC TV and Movie Tour will whisk you around the city to see more than 60 lo­ca­tions that have been fea­tured on screen, all in the space of three hours. You can relax on board a com­fort­able bus ( heated in win­ter and cooled in sum­mer), with a tour guide point­ing out fi lm­ing lo­ca­tions seen in pro­grammes and fi lms such as Friends, Girls, Glee, Bird­man, Spi­der- Man and many more. Tick­ets cost $ 45.

on­lo­ca­tion­tours. com

Lin­coln Cen­ter

Lin­coln Cen­ter is home to some of New York’s fi nest per­for­mance com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing the New York Phil­har­monic, New York City Bal­let and the Metropoli­tan Opera, as well as Jul­liard, the school that trains the next gen­er­a­tion of stars. Join one of the daily tours to be shown each of the main build­ings and learn about the his­tory of the com­plex, of­ten with guides who have been see­ing per­for­mances there for decades them­selves. Tick­ets cost $ 25 and tours last for around 75 min­utes.

lin­col­n­cen­ter. org NYC LGBT His­toric Sites Project

For free, DIY walk­ing tours, check out the NYC LGBT His­toric Sites Project, where you can down­load diff er­ent tour itin­er­ar­ies to fol­low, tak­ing in a range of sites around diff er­ent parts of the city. Cur­rent tour op­tions in­clude Vil­lage Pride, Les­bian Life Be­fore Stonewall, The Aids Cri­sis, Trans­gen­der His­tory and more.

ny­clgbt­sites. org

Cir­cle Line Cruises

Hop on a Cir­cle Line Cruise for tours that take in many of the city’s most fa­mous land­marks from the comfort of a boat, com­plete with a café- bar, toi­lets and an on- board guide talk­ing you through the sights. There are a range of tours from one to two and a half hours dur­ing the day, and at night so you can see NYC lit up. From as lit­tle as $ 17.99.

cir­cle­line. com

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