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It’s easy to get overwhelmed in New York City, but ask anyone who lives here, and that’s the beauty of this unique city that hums all hours of the day: there’s never a shortage of things to do. Skip the traditional sightseeing tours with Airbnb Experiences, where local experts lead you to century-old Jewish delis and global cuisine, drag shows in Hell’s Kitchen, secret bars and speakeasies on the Lower East Side, and anything in between.

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Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail
See amazing views of the city during this top rated sailing experience for up to six passengers! Join our friendly and knowledgeable captains and take fantastic photographs from the comfort of a 34’ sailboat. - Statue of Liberty - Manhattan Skyline - Ellis Island - Brooklyn Bridge - Freedom Tower - Governors Island - Seaport Daily Times: 9:00am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm. All Group Sail and Private Sail times available @BrooklynSail We have a full drink menu available: Champagne, White Wine, Rose, Beer, Hard Seltzer Our qualified captains are knowledgeable, experienced, professional, and fun! We adhere to all USCG rules, and have all required safety equipment on board. **** WEATHER What happens if it rains? If we have to cancel for any bad weather there is a full refund. Generally we play it safe and only sail if there is a good chance of clear skies. Usually the weather report improves closer to the date and we will never sail if it is unsafe. CANCELLATION Can I reschedule my sail? You are allowed one reschedule 72 hours or before your sailing reservation. No reschedules are allowed within 72 hours of your reservation. More photos and information at BKsail site or @BrooklynSail
Private Photoshoot in the World Famous Time Square
( the experience is 50 min to 1 hour **you can check my IG: capture_by_J you'll be sent 28 to 30 photos added by each persons to the photo experience in just a few days after the photoshoot is over in 4 to 7 days to a link that will immortalize your trip And NO you don’t have to pay extra for the photos it’s included on the package You will be taken to an amazing location, where we will create the best photos for your private collection or album. Unique approach to individual photo session with me, While You see the neighborhood You gone be exploring Time Square and midtown during the day as well In a city Where celebrities and people all over come to explore. It's full with cultur and style building, streets and restaurants a place where you will never forget And I will be photographing you or you party to capture those moments Also you don’t have to worry about other people, if you book with me it’s a private photoshoot. It will be just for you or your party If it rains we can reschedule or cancel depending how strong it is And if you are more then 15 minutes late without messing me I will assume that you’re not coming and leave Once I send the pictures The responsibility is not mine anymore Make sure to keep save
The BEST of Brooklyn! Walking Tour
Fantastic scenery, sights, and history! Visit the Brooklyn Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Brooklyn Heights. Experience Brooklyn's revolutionary cultural and technological history and the men and women at the forefront. * We'll start in Manhattan with a walk over the monumental Brooklyn Bridge and take in breathtaking vistas of the Manhattan skyline * Visit the stunning, recently built Brooklyn Bridge Park on the picturesque waterfront. * Visit Jacques Torres Chocolate, the most famous chocolatier in New York * See a fully-restored sensational 1922 carousel on the river * Explore DUMBO, a former factory and warehouse district, transformed into a scenic commercial and residential neighborhood * Walk through the elegant tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights with hundreds of beautiful townhouses from the 1800s * Discover Revolutionary War and Civil War history * …plus other surprises. You will discover the epic story of the Brooklyn Bridge, the great engineering achievement of the 19th Century, and learn about the family that helped create it. See the 1850 Plymouth Church and discover its charismatic minister and abolitionist. See the mansion where Truman Capote lived and penned "Breakfast at Tiffany's," visit locations where movies were filmed...and more! This is a GREAT experience for corporate groups and team-building. Tour takes place in rain, snow, or shine.
Pasta class with an Italian
ONLY FEW PASTA CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR DECEMBER. “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” Federico Fellini Both the hosts are covid 19 vaccinated (booster included) I will sanitize the workspace and restroom space prior to the class, but keep in mind there is only one bathroom. Do you want to know how to cook a real fresh Italian pasta with all the tricks that made Italy the country of Pasta? I’m going to teach you all the knowledge that my family (especially my grandmother) passed down to me since I was very little. We are going to start off with touching and knowing the right ingredients (imported from Italy), and then get ready to get your hands really dirty! We are going to prepare two kinds of pasta: tortelli filled with fresh local ricotta and spinach, and tagliatelle. While mixing with your hands, we cheers with unlimited wine to good food and good company! While we are waiting for the pasta dough to rest we will enjoy a real Italian aperitivo with a charcuterie board. Salute! This experience can be vegetarian friendly. This class can’t be suitable for Gluten Free or Vegan. To finish off the evening we are going to dine with your just made fresh pasta. PS: since the wine is unlimited, it is our responsibility to make sure that everyone is safe. Therefore if we believe someone is too intoxicated, we will stop serving that individual.
Brooklyn Pizza Walk
On my Brooklyn Pizza Walk, I will take you on a stroll through Williamsburg, Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhood, and introduce you to some of New York's most delicious slices along the way. I created a tour that combines two things: sampling pizza while getting an introduction to one of New York's most iconic boroughs: Brooklyn. You will get to sample five different types of pizza, showing you that Brooklyn has more to offer than just the classic New York slice! You will learn what makes New York pizza so special, and while we are walking through Williamsburg, I will also tell you everything you need to know about the history of pizza in New York. In total, you will sample six different kinds of pizza at five places on my Brooklyn pizza tour. My Brooklyn Pizza Tour is 100% vegetarian-friendly. ***Message me about additional dates for Summer 2022!***

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The Full-Day "See It All" NYC Tour!
PLEASE NOTE: 1) If you need a date not on the calendar please message us! 2) Only the 11:30am Wednesday tours are shorter 4 hour uptown tours of Central Park, Times Square, Midtown, & the Empire State Building. All other tours are the regular 6 hour tours. Hi folks! New York City is the greatest city in the WORLD and I want you to have the greatest time ever! If you don't see a date you want please message me. Tours are in English. (Spanish or French upon request) This is mostly a walking tour but we also take the subway and of course a magnificent boat ride on the harbor to see the Statue of Liberty! This tour is also great for groups & families. Here is the itinerary: This is a Full Day Tour. We cover a LOT!! -Explore beautiful Central Park -See the magnificent & world famous Plaza Hotel -Stroll along expensive & fancy 5th Avenue -Magnificent architecture of St. Patrick's Cathedral ( unlike other tours we go INSIDE not just outside) -Rockefeller Center (including NBC studios) -Diamond District -Times Square (the most exciting place in the world) -Lunch Break -Freedom Tower -9/11 Memorial -Wall Street (NY Stock Exchange) -Boat Ride Across scenic New York Harbor! -Statue of Liberty/ Ellis Island views -New York Skyline Views -Brooklyn Bridge views We'll also view movie & TV locations, stop for plenty of pictures, try to spot celebrities, and much more!
Speakeasy and secret bar tour
Established in 2014, me and my team have proudly been the first to operate Speakeasy experiences in NYC. We will take you to 3 completely concealed and hidden establishments. All 3 locations are completely hidden, no obvious bars in between. Some through vault doors with a required code and some that are down an alleys with multiple doors where you would need to know which door to open. Some even have all the drinks still in tea cups in case the police would raid them back in 1920's and was featured in the TV show Boardwalk Empire for its historical accurate decor and atmosphere. We provide historical facts by history teachers with educational and tour guide licenses. Our facts are solely from cross referenced academic sources. We furthermore work in conjunction NYC City Hall and the NYC Hall of Records to ensure the authenticity of the historical claims by each establishment we visit. This experience is available in French, Italian, German, Spanish and English. Please make sure to submit a request in a message if you want the experience in a different language. If the experience is fully booked, we also have a website alexstours d0t c0m that offers the same experience and also offer the East Village Speakeasy experience on Airbnb as well.
Fall in love with Brooklyn nightlife
We're back and better than ever! Blondie's Crawl Brooklyn: Our Brooklyn pub crawls are a combination of a party and a bar tour. After checking in at our start time, you'll grab a drink and meet the group for the evening. We then move as a group from venue to venue on a route that has been carefully crafted in advance to showcase the best of the area. Every unique spot we visit offers the crawl exclusive drink specials and/or free entry. You'll meet new people, explore a new nightlife scene, enjoy some great drinks and party hard, all with a great host leading the way. Our experience is perfect for solo travelers, couples, small groups and large groups. Mingling is half the fun! *The guest count listed here is not always accurate and is often higher than listed. Please send a message if we're sold out for the date you are looking for and we may be able to accommodate you.* Other things to note All guests must be 21 or older to participate. Please bring valid state/international identification. Dress nicely, but this is Brooklyn - casual cool is the name of the game. We love private groups! Please send us a message BEFORE booking for a private event so we can make sure your unique event is unforgettable. Large group? Please message us for group booking/discounts.
Hasidic Brooklyn
To many, the Hasidic world is shrouded in mystery and secrecy—well, not anymore. On this experience you get to see first hand the daily lives, rituals and customs of the Hasidic community, guided by a member of the community. Being able to access places seemingly closed off and hidden to the outsider. An opportunity to be able to ask any and all questions about the Jewish faith, culture and philosophy. We kick off the experience inside a Hasidic home, and learning about what it takes to keep a Kosher home. Then its off to the streets of Crown Heights, starting with exploring the world famous “770” Synagogue, getting a glimpse into the hustle and bustle of daily prayer services. Next stop is a Jewish scribe, seeing up close the intricate details involved in producing the Torah Scrolls. Followed by a walk down the avenue, visiting the local shops, and seeing the traditions dating back to the early 1800’s. If you don’t see availability for when you would like to join, please message us and we will try to accommodate. The experience will be hosted by Yoni or Mayer. The experience continues rain, snow or shine (just come prepared).
See 30+ Top New York Sights.Fun Guide!
30+ New York Sights in one tour! Fun local guide I will guide you on an exploration of New York’s major landmarks. This will give you a good idea of the history, culture & legends of one of the world best-loved cities We start on Wall St. Where we will see iconic buildings, Ground Zero & The NY stock exchange (Bull statue & Fearless girl statue) Walking to City Hall we glimpse the Brooklyn Bridge and the famous Court Houses that took down the Mafia We then go through the 5 Points, China Town & Little Italy districts. Lots of history in this area. Gangsters, amazing food & iconic buildings (The Woolworth Building : Fantastic Beasts Connection) The Iconic Flatiron building is our next stop. Once we have taken photos of this iconic landmark we head across 23rd St to the High Line. We walk up the Highline to Hudson Bay Yard, view the Vessel and then take the subway to Times Square / Rockefeller Centre Top of 5th Avenue is our next destination. Sights include : NBC Studios, Radio City Music Hall, Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick's Cathedral, Trump Tower, The Plaza & many more! Last stop : Central Park (Gapstow bridge and other landmarks) You will see everything! Other things to note This is a walking tour :wear comfortable shoes Plenty of opportunity to buy food & drinks along the way Slow paced and good fun! We do not go inside any of the main attractions Gratuities not included

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Private Photoshoot at World Famous Brooklyn Bridge/Dumbo
If you have a different time or day let me know here **you can check my IG capture_by_J you'll be sent 28 to 30 photos added by each persons to the photo experience in just a few days after the photoshoot is over in about 4 to 7 days to a link that will immortalize your trip And NO you don’t have to pay extra for the photos it’s included on the package You will be taken and explore an amazing location, where we will create the best photos for your private collection or album, While I show and give you a tour of the neighborhood showing you all of its history You are going to be be exploring Brooklyn Bridge and dumbo place where you will never forget And I will be photographing you or you party to capture those moments Also you don’t have to worry about other people, if you book with me it’s a private photoshoot. It will be just for you or your party You will be sent 30 to 33 photos added photos by person added to the session in a a few days about 3 to 6 days after the photoshoot is over, to your email address that will immortalize your trip to the To The big Apple If it rains we can reschedule or cancel depending how strong it is And if you are more then 15 minutes late without messing me I will assume that you’re not coming and leave
Sailing Tour New York with Brooklyn Sail
See amazing views of the city during this top rated sailing experience for up to six passengers! Join our friendly and knowledgeable captains and take fantastic photographs from the comfort of a 34’ sailboat. - Statue of Liberty - Manhattan Skyline - Ellis Island - Brooklyn Bridge - Freedom Tower - Governors Island - Seaport Daily Times: 9:00am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm. All Group Sail and Private Sail times available @BrooklynSail We have a full drink menu available: Champagne, White Wine, Rose, Beer, Hard Seltzer Our qualified captains are knowledgeable, experienced, professional, and fun! We adhere to all USCG rules, and have all required safety equipment on board. **** WEATHER What happens if it rains? If we have to cancel for any bad weather there is a full refund. Generally we play it safe and only sail if there is a good chance of clear skies. Usually the weather report improves closer to the date and we will never sail if it is unsafe. CANCELLATION Can I reschedule my sail? You are allowed one reschedule 72 hours or before your sailing reservation. No reschedules are allowed within 72 hours of your reservation. More photos and information at BKsail site or @BrooklynSail
Exclusive Stand Up Comedy Show
Guests will enjoy the most exclusive comedy show in NYC. No where else in the city can you find the community of diverse comics and connection that we provide every Monday night. You'll start by entering the club where I'll greet you at the host stand. Upon check in, grab your free drink at the bar and take in the history around you. From there I'll lead you into the showroom or you can hang in the bar area hoping to see a famous comic before the show begins. By the end of our show, the entire audience feels like a unified community with the inside jokes and personalized story telling from our seasoned team of comedians. You can't get this experience anywhere else in NYC!
New Yorker Helicopter Tour 12-15 min
From the moment you arrive at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport look for our friendly HeliNY staff in red shirts! They'll escort you into the heliport and prepare you for the best views of NYC around! Safety is top priority for us so you'll have a life preserver put on and any bags that you have will be stored in complimentary lockers. Don't worry, camera's and cell phones can be taken aboard to capture those great views! While you wait we'll show you our safety video and assign seats based on everyone's weights! We'll then take you out to the helicopter and take a picture of you. A digital or print copy can be purchased after the flight to show off to all your friends! Then the real fun begins! On our 12-15 minute New Yorker Tour you'll fly above the Hudson River all the way to Central Park! Equipped with noise cancelling headsets our pilots will point out these iconic landmarks: -Statue of Liberty -Brooklyn Bridge -Ellis Island -Chrysler Building -Empire State Building -Chelsea Piers -Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum -Central Park -One World Trade Center -Hudson Yards Our tours depart every 30 minutes, we'll send you a set flight time once you've booked! We look forward to showing you our favorite view of NYC! Other things to note: Arrive 30 minutes before your flight time. Please call 24 hours in advance to confirm your reservation
Shibori Dye Techniques in Indigo Blue
Intro class will focus on creating the indigo vat using pre-reduced indigo, while talking about all natural indigo and the history of the process. 8 traditional Japanese dyeing techniques will be shown including Suji, Itajime, Kanoko, Tegumo, Ne-Maki and Arashi. Pick the few you're drawn to and have fun! Each student will get to dye minimally 3 pieces. All materials provided, but students are welcome to bring their own projects. Clean, white or lightly colored natural fibers (such as cotton, silk, or wool) work best, but be respectful with the size of item. Leave with one-of-a-kind fibers to keep or share! The process can get messy, so don't wear your best outfits, wearing dark colors is a good move, but smocks/aprons are available however. COVID Precautions: All attendees must be vaccinated for two weeks, provide a negative test no less than 72 hours old, or take a rapid test the same day. Which conveniently you can grab at most Walgreens, CVS, Etc for only $25. Each student will receive a form they will sign and let me know which they prefer. ONLY IF ALL students are vaccinated and say they are comfortable not wearing a mask will they not be required. Otherwise expect wearing a mask as the studio is indoors with little airflow, though it is a big space and allows for social distancing.

Your guide to New York

Where do locals hang out in New York City?

In a city with 8 million people, this isn’t a place where tourists and locals divide their time. Manhattan (or the City) is home to some of the world’s biggest attractions — Times Square, the MOMA, the Met, Wall Street, you name it — but it is also where many New Yorkers live, work, and go out. To feel more in the know, tour Chinatown through its food and markets before heading to Upper Manhattan for jazz and African-American history in Harlem, or a fortune telling over Turkish coffee in the East Village. And when it comes to classic New York City things to do, you can't go wrong with a rooftop bar, or sunset cruises via ferry or water taxi, to see the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building from unique vantage points. These NYC icons never get old, even for locals.

However, for a real NYC experience, embrace the diverse art, food, and history of the boroughs outside of the city: Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Whether you spend your day at a park, in a museum in Midtown, or out shopping for designer threads at thrift stores in Williamsburg, don’t feel like you have to get caught up in a New York minute. Stop to enjoy your surroundings, and make time for people watching.


Where do locals eat in New York City?

It’s the communities and neighborhoods within the five boroughs that define the culture and energy of this iconic metropolis, and that story is best told through food. Preferably at brunch.

In the Bronx, find some of the best pizzas and pastas outside of Rome in what many New Yorkers consider the city’s true Little Italy. Meanwhile, in nearby Queens, you can travel the world in an afternoon by sampling Southeast Asian bites, Latin American dishes, and plenty of other cuisines in areas such as the Jackson Heights neighborhood.

With so many things to try, a food walking tour with a local guide can be a great way to be sure you don’t miss any of the best bites.


What are the best ways to escape New York City for a day?

When you need a break from the city action, a day trip out of New York City can lead you to other parts of the Empire State and beyond. One of the most popular NYC day trips is a drive to the Hudson Valley and the Catskills for plenty of outdoor activities such as hiking, but it’s also a must-do for food lovers and antique hunters. For those looking for a coastal calm, make the trip to Greenport, Long Island, where delicious oysters, great wine, and beach time are the only requirements for your visit.

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