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City Tours

Tours that remind you how much you still don’t know about New York.


1. Soundwalk

Incorporating music and movie sound bites, crisply recorded CDs elucidate Chinatown, Times Square—even Dumbo—with new ones rolling out every month or so. ($19.95 at and other retailers.)

2. Noshwalks

Ranging far and wide, Myra Alperson’s tours cover tahini, tapioca milk, and everything in between without skimping on history. ($18–$25;

3. Municipal Art Society

Our landmarks weren’t built with brick and mortar alone. These cultural walks examine the urban politics beneath the skyline. ($12–$15; 212-439-1049; Municipal Art Society Website)

4. Radical Walking Tours

Promising “all of the history that the mainstream tours (and PBS) leave out,” Bruce Kayton walks the countercultural walk. ($10; 718-492-0069; Radical Walking Tours)

5. Watson Adventures

Groups comb the city from Wall Street to the Bronx Zoo for elusive clues. Rest assured: Scavenger hunts (like the Sex and the City tour) aren’t just for the under-10 set anymore. ($20–$25; 212-726-1529;


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