Secrets of Manhattan
Expect the unexpected. Leave the beaten path and discover some of New York’s lesser-known parks, shops, cafes, outdoor art, hidden lanes, and multicultural neighborhoods. Get ‘Inside and Outside’ to really experience Manhattan like a local, and uncover the island’s mysteries, past and present.
Join your private guide starting in lower Manhattan with a visit to the New York branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum
of the American Indian. View the “Native New York” exhibit and retrace the steps of the first New Yorkers. On exiting, you will collect gift bags containing an assortment of hand-selected museum items.
Wander through the financial district while making surprising discoveries along the way. Trace the history of Wall Street from the
days of Dutch New Amsterdam, as you pass the New York Stock Exchange, and see how the area has evolved since then. You will get to touch remnants of the city’s past including an 18th century stone wall located in the subway.
Kick up your feet to join your guide for a delicious lunch at Trinity Place, a fine dining hotspot inside a turn-of-the-century bank vault. This is dining Bonnie and Clyde style.
After lunch, climb inside a luxurious, chauffeur-driven private car and head north for a tour of Greenwich Village. Once known as the hub of counterculture in the 1960’s, it is now the area most associated with the television sitcom Friends. Explore some of the neighborhood’s enchanting sites and secrets unknown even to many New Yorkers. Along the way, get your caffeine fix from McNulty’s Tea and Coffee Company, leading purveyors of choice coffees and rare teas in New York. Each guest on the tour will get a gift mug filled with samples of the store’s famous coffee blend, green tea, and delicious dark chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Then it’s off to Midtown Manhattan for a look inside the main branch of the New York Public Library. Snuggled between Bryant Park and
Fifth Avenue, this building is known not just for its amazing architecture but as the place Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and The City movie was supposed to get married.
Around the corner, you can view the Chrysler Building as you walk toward Grand Central Terminal to uncover the treasures hidden within this historic transportation hub: see a hidden tennis court, the world’s largest Tiffany clock, the off-limits glass walkways, discover the massive design flaw in the main atrium and, locate a multi-million-dollar jewel hidden in plain sight, among other things.