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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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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