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New York City Walking Tours
New York City Walking Tours, helmed by CUNY professor Phil Schoenberg, specializes in the ghosts of Gotham’s past. Led by costumed performers impersonating local historical figures, such as Edith Wharton and the writer O. Henry, these spirited forays into yesteryear have been known to focus on well-documented paranormal phenomena in Washington Square Park (a onetime Potter’s Field) and an NYU dorm supposedly frequented by the late Edgar Allen Poe.
Schedule: Weekly, check Website for details.
Reservations: Recommended.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Cost: online $20; in-person $25.

Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
Actors from the Bakerloo Theatre Project ply visitors with pints at the White Horse Tavern, Kettle of Fish, and other noteworthy pubs while filling their heads with lore about Village scribes Edna St. Vincent Millay and Dylan Thomas. One warning: If you don’t pace yourself on this boozy stroll, you might not remember much literary history.
Schedule: Sat. 2 p.m., meet at the White Horse Tavern
Reservations: Recommended.
Duration: 3 hours.
Cost:$20; seniors, students $15.

Afoot Walking Tours
Eric K. Washington, a charismatic historian and writer, leads attendees through the Manhattanville section of West Harlem, touching on the neighborhood’s struggle to maintain its history in the face of fast-encroaching development. Washington also leads tours of Sugar Hill, Central Harlem, Riverside Park, and Trinity Church cemetery—Manhattan’s only active public burial ground.
Schedule: Call for details.
Reservations: Recommended.
Duration: 2 hours.
Cost: $15; $150 for a private two-hour group tour for ten people.

Harlem Your Way
Based in an 1882 brownstone on 130th Street, Harlem Your Way takes pride in local history by hitting legendary sites, like the Apollo Theater, as well as newer additions to the area such as Bill Clinton’s office on 125th Street. On Sunday, the Gospel Walking Tour invites participants to drop in for a music-filled service at a neighborhood church.
Schedule: Call for details.
Reservations: Required, at least 24 hours in advance.
Duration: 2.5–3 hours.
Cost: $25–$75.

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