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Best City Tours

How to experience New York—from a Central Park bike tour to a sunset sail to walks focusing on movies, TV, and food.

Water Taxi Tour
Where to hop on and off for a unique look at Brooklyn and Manhattan.


For print-and-go maps of popular shopping districts, see the shopping section. The maps are in PDF format and require Acrobat to view and print.

Harlem Hotspots: The neighborhood's absorbed huge supermarkets, name-brand pharmacies, and chain stores, but local flavor remains firmly entrenched.

New York's Past on Lexington Avenue: There's a clutch of classy boutiques that have lasted for generations.

A Cooler Upper-Middle West Side: Barneys Co-Op landed on Broadway and 75th, lighting up a ten-block stretch that is suddenly cool.

Union Square : A twenty-year rejuvenation process is finally fulfilled. Union Square’s moment is now.

The New Bowery: The flophouses survive, but now they’re surrounded by celebrity lounges and multi-million-dollar lofts.

East Village Eats: Where once there was just Dojo and Khyber Pass, now there’s a glut of gourmet restaurants.

Poet's Tour Below 14th Street: The haunts of poets past and the hallowed spaces where today’s generation continues to read works.

Shopping on Crosby Street: A quietly chic shopping experience, nestled between the main Soho and Nolita drags.

A Jewish Tour of the Lower East Side: Behind its everchanging identity, remnants of a gritty, tumultuous, and Jewish past remain.

A Trip to the Meatpacking District: Full of hip restaurants, clubs, and paycheck-draining boutiques.

The Many Worlds of Atlantic Avenue: As good a symbol of Brooklyn’s gentrification—and multiplicity—as any.

A Night in Williamsburg: A nightlife scene where the drinks are cheaper, the people are chiller, and the haircuts are cooler.

Shopping on Austin Street: Chains, boutiques, and hard-to-find items that make the F-train trip worthwhile.

One-of-a-Kind Jackson Heights: Clusters of great South Asian and Latino restaurants, a shopping strip, and a historic district with unique garden housing.


Free Walking Tours
Guides dish the dirt on neighborhoods, landmarks, parks, and celebrities. Rediscover classics or set out for the road less traveled.

Chelsea Midtown West
East Village Morningside Heights
Gramercy Park Murray Hill
Greenwich Village NoHo/NoLIta
Hamilton Heights SoHo
Harlem TriBeCa
Hell's Kitchen Upper East Side
Lower East Side Upper West Side
Lower Manhattan Washington Heights
Midtown East/Sutton Pl. West Village
Boerum Hill   Greenpoint
Brooklyn Heights Kensington
Carroll Gardens Park Slope
Clinton Hill Prospect Heights
Cobble Hill Red Hook
DUMBO Williamsburg
Fort Greene Windsor Terrace
Astoria LIC