Hustling and bustling 24/7, New York City is the epicenter of media, culture, food, fashion, art, research, finance and commerce in the United States, maybe the world. Few other cities can match the Big Apple for its energy, skyscrapers, food scene, multicultural identity or shopping.
No matter your interests, the Sidewalks of NYC have something for you. Discover the best of the town between the Revolutionary War-era institutions down in Wall Street and the former tycoon mansions of the Upper East Side, between the artisan boutiques of the West Village and the hip eateries of Brooklyn. In the words of local idol Jay-Z, New York is the "concrete jungle where dreams are made of / there's nothing you can't do."
Shepard Fairey is arguably the most recognized street artist in the world, having created the iconic "Hope" portrait of former President Barack Obama. Come explore Shepard Fairey's haunts on the Lower East Side where punk rock, grit and graffiti ruled the street. While the neighborhood slowly gentrifies, there are still pockets of street cred and art. Visit three iconic Fairey murals and check out the most important street art canvases of the LES.
Over 100 Korean businesses and 20,000 people are packed into the single city block of Koreatown. Come on a walk of my four favorite hidden gems of the neighborhood. We'll eat made-to-order dumplings, sample Asian-inspired western desserts, discover a secret rooftop bar and stroll a quirky market. Along the way, I'll share with you everything you need to know to find the best of the best. Cheers! Geon-bae! 건배!
The West Village maintains its reputation for being the hippest neighborhood in the city with its quirky independent boutiques, dive bars, designer flagships and counterculture punk bonafides. Come join us on a taste of the best that the West Village has to offer. Along the way, we'll find the best slice of pizza in New York, a hidden Belgian beer hall, an Americana boutique and a classic Italian bakery.
What today is the financial capital of America was the 17th century urban center of Nieuw Amsterdam. Discover the neo-classical architecture, cobblestoned alleys, Revolutionary War-era stomping grounds and hallowed financial institutions that compose the Wall Street district. We will visit eight locations in Wall Street that bring the city's history to life. Wall Street overflows with centuries-worth of secrets, deals, conspiracies and narratives waiting to be told.
Even decades after the last episode, the Seinfeld TV show continues to be considered one of the best ever created, featuring quintessentially New York characters and situations. Whether you are a longtime fan or have never seen an episode, come explore the timeless world that is Seinfeld's New York. At each point, we'll show you relevant clips from the show and explain why it is still so quintessentially New York.
Explore the former World Trade Center and the area nearby to grasp the tragic events of 9/11, remember the victims, commemorate the heroes and celebrate the recovery efforts. Join us as we visit St. Paul's Chapel, the "Reflecting Absence" 9/11 Memorial, FDNY Engine Company 10, The Oculus and other Ground Zero monuments. Along the way, we will examine the timeline of events and delve into the stories behind the sites.
Stroll from the Meatpacking District to Chelsea along the High Line Park, an elevated railroad track that has been converted into a city park and promenade. Along the way, learn about the street art, architecture, infamy and hidden gems that nestle alongside some of the best views of the city. A stroll along this $152M masterpiece of city planning and industrial renewal makes for the perfect escape from the urban jungle on the streets down below.
Meander through one of the most haunted neighborhoods in the world in search of ghosts that are sinister and mischievous, famous and obscure. Four hundred years of murder, plague, greed, scorn and poetry in Greenwich Village have conjured ghouls of all sorts of notoriety. Explore the dark histories of haunted churches, taverns, firehouses, parks and even a subway station. Warning: this hunt for poltergeists in the shadows of the Village is not appropriate for children.
Alphabet City is in a brilliant "tween" moment of gentrification: it's no longer the badlands that no outsider dare enter, but it's not (yet) the basic 'b' that it's neighboring East Village is slowly becoming. Whether you're a local or tourist, now's the time to explore these streets, learn about the neighborhood's colorful history and experience the palpable sense of community that has been created by a motley crew of characters. p.s. I've created a playlist of tunes to stroll to just for this walk. Check it out: https://goo.gl/tLVvsf
Join us on a dinner walk to explore the best of culinary NoHo. The curated stops represent the best of the neighborhood's hip dining scene. No reservations required on weeknights, just your appetite. We'll start with cocktails at a speakeasy and move on to French-Vietnamese appetizers, Italian pasta for mains, pop-Japanese for dessert and a historic Irish pub to cap the night.
Soho and Nolita are Manhattan's shopping playground. Within its brick and cobblestone radius stand luxury fashion houses, fast casual retailers and home decor boutiques. I've curated my favorite shops and cafes in the area to make for the perfect day of retail therapy, gift shopping and people watching. Regardless of your tastes and preferences, I guarantee you'll enjoy the artisanal storefronts, bespoke goods and local character. We'll end our walk at one of my favorite places to grab a bite.
330,000 people pass through Times Square every day, and most of them never see the best elements of the neighborhood. Beyond the $800 tickets to "Hamilton," the blinding neon lights and the Naked Cowboy street performer, there is a world to uncover. Join me on a tour of six secrets in "The Crossroads of the World." We'll discover hidden artwork, stumble upon cultural treasures, sample the world's best cheesecake and conclude with incredible view of the Theater District. This is the best of Times Square, as revealed by a New Yorker.
As Manhattan's population boomed at the turn of the 20th century, the island had nowhere to expand but up. Tycoons and dreamers looked to outdo one another while architects and artists gushed at the opportunity to add their marks on the city skyline. Come explore the quintessential neo-classical buildings of Midtown East and the stories behind them.
The Bowery is a neighborhood of melting cultures: immigrant, working-class origins meet radical artists and gentrifying hipsters. The Jewish quarters blend into Puerto Rican, Dominican and Chinese. The LES is the neighborhood of CBGB, Joey Ramone, Cy Twombly and Mark Rothko. Come on a walk of my four favorite art, design, cultural and historic institutions of the Bowery. You'll find a new understanding of the diversity and character packed into this little district.
Few neighborhoods have had as much of an imprint on the fabric of New York as Little Italy. As the preferred district for newly arrived Italian immigrants in the 19th century, Little Italy became a center of cultural, culinary and eventually, criminal organizations. Join us on a quick exploration of the essential Little Italy. Along the way, we’ll tell stories of bakers, cheesemongers, pizza pioneers and ruthless mafiosos.
As the head concierge of Hotel 50 Bowery, I spend a decent amount of time eating, shopping and exploring Chinatown. This Sidewalk guides you to my favorite spots in the neighborhood. Come on a walk to find a specialty chopstick boutique, a traditional Chinese market and maybe even a counterfeit handbag vendor. Along the way, we'll sample barbecue pork buns, Chinese cookies, soup dumplings and Asian ice cream flavors. Whether you live in New York or are just passing through, you're guaranteed to travel somewhere new in Chinatown.
Clocking in at over 107,000 residents, dozens of newspapers and hundreds of restaurants, Chinatown is practically its own city within Manhattan. Come discover the best of the hidden alleys, delicious food, exotic markets, cultural shops and sometimes-violent history that has shaped this ever-changing neighborhood.
Vanderbilt. Roosevelt. Frick. Rockefeller. Kennedy. The Upper East Side was the neighborhood of the late 19th century's captains of industry. Today, the "UES" upholds its reputation as one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the country and remains the home of old money and pedigreed palates. Come on a stroll to hear the stories behind the mansions and stomping grounds of the who's who.
The late David Bowie loved New York City and lived in the SoHo/Nolita neighborhood for 17 years until his death. A known walking-enthusiast, Bowie loved to explore the neighborhood on foot and had his collection of favorite stops, meaningful locations and guilty pleasures. Join us on a walk of Bowie's New York and music, starting at his front door and heading to his favorite cafe, stores, parks and performance spaces. In the words of Bowie, "for years and years I roamed, I gazed a gazeless stare."
Founding Father, immigrant, Secretary of the Treasury, author of the Federalist Papers, face of the $10 bill and favorite son of New York - Alexander Hamilton is at last getting his due thanks to "Hamilton" on Broadway. Come walk in Hamilton's footsteps through Lower Manhattan, visiting his favorite drinking spot, Wall Street home, site of the "rap battle" debates with Jefferson, his final resting spot and more. These 7 sites spotlight Hamilton's evolution from daring militiaman to unrelenting lawyer to Constitution debater to tragic martyr.
So you are heading out for a night on the town in the Lower East Side. Let's skip the loud, pretentious I-just-got-my-first-paycheck-let's-get-drunk crowd and see what this neighborhood has to offer. We've got a finely curated collection of five establishments lined up, from craft beer to whiskey flights to inventive cocktails. And there will even be a burlesque show, because, why not? Bring along some cash, your ID and a friend for what is guaranteed to be a memorable night.
For healthy foodies wanting all the insider tips from a local downtown NYC dietitian - this one's for you. You'll be shown hidden gems that will make your taste buds go wild and leave you feeling energised and nourished! Organic fruit and vegetable markets, coconut yoghurt with paleo chocolate, quality coffee, vegan Buddha bowls, superfood infused smoothies, top quality Mexican food, unique health food shops and more! You won't believe how much healthy deliciousness is right around the corner.
Come see highlights of Astor Place. in just 30 minutes, we'll make a quick loop through the neighborhood. Along the way, we'll discuss the Astor Place brawl, get face to face with multimillion dollar art and enjoy a cocktail in a hidden speakeasy.
The Upper West Side offers a lot of kid-friendly experiences that will be fun for everyone. Come join us for a stroller-friendly, action-packed day that is guaranteed to delight, surprise, excite and put smiles on faces. This Sidewalk includes stops for breakfast, lunch and snack in addition to kid-approved indoor/outdoor activities and questions to engage children. Lace up some sneakers and let's get going.
Come on a 30-minute stroll through lower Central Park to escape the insanity of Manhattan. Along the way, the folks behind the 10% Happier app will guide you through five exercises to practice mindfulness and relax. We'll walk past calming vistas and quiet tree-filled pathways as we guide you in techniques to relax, feel gratitude and practice mindfulness with your surroundings. This isn't a New Age, homeopathic, yogis-only, Om-based walk. That's not us. 10% Happier is about training your mind through meditation.