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NYC Outdoor Activities You Never Thought About Doing

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Outdoor Activities Jet Ski Hudson River Skyline

New York is known for being a real concrete jungle, but today I’m going to show you some of the most amazing NYC outdoor activities you never thought about doing! So, see below how to explore New York in a different way!


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People come to New York and end up doing the most common activities and experiences like visiting famous landmarks, restaurants, bars, shopping, museums and galleries, etc. But, not everyone knows the different and pretty special NYC outdoor activities you can though out the city.

I decided to show you 3 of them for you to try out! From customized picnics at the park, to horseback riding and jet skiing in the Hudson River, I’m sure you’re going to have a fantastic time!

But wait! There is just so much more that we can organize for you: rollerblade rentals, bike rentals, bike tours, walking tours, pedicab tours, food tours, secret tours, and more!

If you have time, why not book all three? You don’t need to do anything, just Contact Us with your request and we’ll set is all up to you and your friends/family.


Picnic at the Park

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So many people come to NY and tell me that they’d love to have a picnic at the park. They see so many locals having fun and they want the same experience, but don’t know where to start from or don’t have time to plan it all.

In addition, going to Central Park can be an overwhelming experience due to all the tourists roaming around. But, going to Central Park, with the right information of the best hidden spots for a delicious, unique picnic, can be priceless!

Plus, it’s also a great idea for a special celebration or a romantic afternoon at the park!

Well, we love this experience! Many of our private clients and corporate clients do too, and we’ve written about it before!

You will definitely have a great time! There are countless different options to choose from!

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Horseback Riding

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Outdoor Activities Horseback Riding Central Park

Yes! You can do horseback riding at Central Park too! Different from the carriages that over work the horses, our partner takes really good care of them.

Each horse works a maximum of 6hours a day and are transported to the park properly.

The tours are 1 hour long and pass by the most beautiful spots in the park from Strawberry Fields, where the John Lennon memorial is, to the Reservoir and other special spots.

If you have kids, it’s also a great activity since they have 10min pony rides. Little ones should be 2 years old at least and the guide is beside them all the time.

I rode Oscar, a huge, beautiful, white horse and had a great time exploring Central Park through another angle.

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Jet Ski in the Hudson River

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I had heard before that people could rent a jet ski, hop on and enjoy the Hudson River! But, I had never really tried it.

Well, I finally decided to be brave and go try it out, after all, how cool is it to actually ride a jet ski on this famous river?!

We got the ferry at a downtown spot, ride beside the 9/11 Memorial and head to a Marina on the Jersey side. It’s only 15min away from Manhattan. Super quick and seamless.

Each way costs $8/person and ferries leave quite frequently, so don’t worry.

There are 2 types of rides, a shorter one that covers mostly Midtown Manhattan and downtown, and the 2.5h ride that you actually drive around the entire Manhattan island. So cool!

I had a great time! The view is truly spectacular, it’s a priceless experience and the Hudson water is quite, by the way!

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If you enjoyed these NYC outdoor activities you never thought about doing and love moving your body around nature, be sure to see our suggestions on Day Trips & Travels.

Also, if you prefer classes to sweat it all out, see our Fitness & Health posts, where you can explore countless other tips of what to do throughout the city!

Have fun!


Disclaimer: All liabilities are signed directly with and are responsibility of our partners. Behind the Scenes NYC, LLC only intermediates the experience to our clients.



Videography and PhotographyBlack3 Agency
Beauty: Leila Soldeira
Styling:
 Camilla Adão

*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

3 Neat Ways To Make Your Trip To NYC A Little More Comfy

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 Ways To Make Your Trip To NYC More Comfy Matias Difabio

Traveling to New York City is always exciting and definitely on so many Bucket Lists around the globe. But, it can also be quite overwhelming. To help you out, take a look at 3 neat ways to make your trip to NYC a little more comfy.

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 Ways To Make Your Trip To NYC More Comfy Matias Difabio

Whether you see yourself as a globe-trotting individual or not, you can’t say that New York City has never interested you. How about organizing that trip to NYC?

The fame, the glitz, the glamour, the opportunities – the big apple is known by pretty much every single human being on the planet and is somewhere that temps all.

Whenever a person writes out a bucket list of places they’ve like to visit, NYC is always near the top of the list.

Let’s say you’ve made the decision to get out of your natural habitat and enter the city that never sleeps. You’ve decided to bite the bullet and visit one of the most legendary places the world has ever seen (and will ever see).

How can one make the trip a little easier themselves? As a newbie to a big city, you might feel a little intimidated by the prospect of being among it all.

Well, when the city reopens and we’re able to travel again, here are just a few things you can do to make things a little easier:


Create A Plan For Your Trip To NYC

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 Ways To Make Your Trip To NYC More Comfy Element5 Digital

If you have an idea of what you’re doing, then things will be a lot smoother.

On the other hand, if you are all over the place in terms of deciding what to do during your trip to NYC, the furor of the city might catch up with you. And, you may become completely overwhelmed by everything going on during the day.

If you create a plan or an itinerary of some sort, then you’re going to have a better chance of seeing what you want. You’ll also feel a lot better mentally as you head out into the wild and fast-paced nature of it all.

An idea we typically give to our clients is organizing an itinerary where you split the city is sections. The day you’re going to explore Central Park, you might just want to stick around the Upper East and Upper West Sides and enjoy everything in that area. The day you go to SoHo, you’ll get a chance to explore Lower Manhattan.

Don’t jump around too much. Commuting in New York City is easy, but can take some time.

Trains can be delayed and packed, especially during rush hours. Plus, exploring NYC by foot is so much better and more exciting! So, stick to the area you picked and create an itinerary around it.

If you’re the adventurous type, which most likely you are if you’re on our website, and want to explore more than only Manhattan, you might want to check out these 7 Best Places In Long Island City For Art Lovers.

Oh! To organize everything, you might want to by the best New York City Moleskine notebook. It contains the city map and spaces to write down your findings, organize the list of places you want to go, etc. And, it’s a pocket size, so don’t worry!


Look At The Area Beforehand

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 Ways To Make Your Trip To NYC More Comfy Courtney Cook

If you know where you’re going during your trip to NYC, then you’re going to be a lot more comfortable.

Nobody likes heading out into a perilous environment. While NYC will give you all the signs telling you where you are able to go, it can still confuse you if you’re a little new to this way of living.

Before evening embarking on your travels, you should hop online and look at a map of the area.

A map is obviously nothing like the real thing, but it can give you a small idea and can put your mind at ease. For example, if you’re an influencer looking to sit down in a comfortable coffee shop or library, then you might want to check out where the best places are.

Many people like heading out into the unknown, but it’s not the wisest thing to do if you’re a little uneasy about the whole thing.

Need help? One of our Series called “16 Things NO ONE EVER Tells You About NYC“, you can check out PART 1/4 and read #4 Understanding New York’s Map, to help you out! Once you get this, you’ll feel like a true New Yorker!


Find A Place To Store Your Things

Curiosities Our Bucket Lists 3 Ways To Make Your Trip To NYC More Comfy Gianandrea Villa

If you’re in NYC for a short stay and have a lot of luggage to carry around, then you’re going to be in a bit of trouble physically, aren’t you?

Nobody likes hauling lots of things around. And, it’s especially annoying when you’re around so many others in a crowded city like New York, right?

Fortunately, you can find places like Stasher, who will be able to take your belongings off you for a short while so you can walk around freely and unencumbered.

Let us know if you need any assistance during your trip to NYC!


Photo Credits: Matias Difabio, Element5 Digital, Courtney Cook and Gianandrea Villa on Unsplash

5 Unique Behind the Scenes NYC Experiences On Vogue Brazil

About BTSNYC What The Press Says Vogue Brasil

Vogue Brazil featured 5 unique Behind the Scenes NYC experiences we offer to our clients and corporate clients! Come check them out in this short Insider’s Guide to enjoy NYC in a different way!

About BTSNYC What The Press Says Vogue Brasil

Vogue Brasil asked us to share 5 unique Behind the Scenes NYC experiences we offer to our clients and corporate clients!

Take a look below and check out the original post specially if you are a Portuguese speaker!


New York: an insider’s guide to enjoying the city

Are you traveling to the Big Apple? We’ll tell you five out of the ordinary tours!

Did you choose New York as your next vacation destination, but haven’t started planning your itinerary yet?

There is no reason to worry. Go beyond the conventional attractions found on Google and, this time, book tours outs of the box.

To help you organize this, Fernanda Paronetto, Founder at Behind The Scenes NYC, a company that offers a series of experiences and exclusive tours for families and companies in the Big Apple, share with Vogue five options that will surprise you.

  1. Meet & Greet and Dine with the Stars of Broadway Shows in NYC
  2. Meet & Greet with the World’s Top Celebrities
  3. Go to the best New York Fashion Week shows
  4. Jet Skiing on the Hudson River
  5. The Most Coveted NYC Helicopter Tours: Seeing NYC from Above

Read the full article on Vogue Brazil!


If you got excited with all these options, don’t wait another second to contact our team to start planning the perfect New York experience.

For Corporate groups, that’s where we shine! Let our experts cater the perfect event, tour or activity for your, your team or your valuable clients! We work with clients from all over the globe.

We have catered to groups small as six people and to delegations of over 150 people! So, don’t hesitate to contact us!

The Bridges Run Tour For The Fitness Lovers

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Bridges Run Tour Brooklyn Bridge by Curtis Macnewton

If you’re a runner, New York is a great place to exercise. The backdrop of the city is an inspiration on it’s own! So, take a look at The Bridges Run Tour and come join us!


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BTSNYC Experiences On Going Bridges Run Tour Brooklyn Bridge
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The Bridges Run Tour perfectly combines a gorgeous sightseeing experience with a solid workout which will kick start your day!

Run both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, breathe in the cool morning air, and look down at the timeless harbor as the sun rises.

You’ll then finish your 4.5 mile morning run by the Charging Bull in the financial district. Whether you’re a visitor or a local, you’ll start your day feeling accomplished and energized.

You’ll also learn a bit about New York’s history!

The Course:

We meet every Monday at 7am at the Chinatown Information Kiosk on the southeast side of Canal and Baxter streets.

This is close to several subways 4,6,N,R,W,Q,A,C,E,B,D. Your guide will be wearing a blue T-shirt.

We’ll run over the Manhattan Bridge, into Brooklyn for a bit, then back into Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. We round out our run tour by the Charging Bull by Bowling Green right near the 4,5,1,J,Z subways.

We run on both city sidewalks and running paths.

Some of what you’ll see:

  • Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges
  • The South Street Seaport
  • New York Harbor
  • Battery Park
  • Bowling Green
  • The Charging Bull
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What to Expect:

This is a group running tour that will be led by licensed NYC sightseeing guides who are also certified running coaches. To insure no one is left behind and that all can hear the guide we will run at an easy, conversation pace.

We will make periodically stops to view and discuss notable points of interest throughout the tour. You should be able to comfortably run 4.5 miles for this tour.

The duration of the tour is approximately 90 minutes. Although your guide will run with a backpack and can store small items for you such as phones or keys, we recommend bringing very little on the tour.

As always, it’s important to stay hydrated during a run, so please bring a small bottle of water.

We will begin our tour right at the scheduled start time, however if you are running late please be sure to email or phone us no later than 15 minutes prior to the start. Travel to and from our tours is usually fastest via subway, so please bring a MetroCard.

 

What to Bring:

Try to bring as little as possible besides your water bottle!

Check in Information:

  • We will meet at the Chinatown Information Kiosk on the southeast side of Canal and Baxter streets
  • Closest Subway Lines/Stops – 4,6,N,R,W,Q,A,C,E,B,D

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So, if you enjoyed this tour, you might also want to check out the Secrets Of The Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour! Also, go to the top NYC attractions by checking out the different Tour Passes in New York!

If you’re looking for a private tour contact us and we’ll work on this with you! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out and share exclusive rates!


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC

Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting

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New York is know for its countless coffee shops and we all know true New Yorkers love a great coffee cup. So, come explore the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting experience.


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Drink your way through the surprising history of coffee in NYC on the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting.

Discover the surprising history of coffee in New York City while exploring Greenwich Village, its iconic birthplace.

On this unique walking tour we will learn how New York and coffee go hand-in-hand both in cultural and economic development. We will hear the story of one of the most successful coffee entrepreneurs of the early 20th century, who’s first shop was in Grand Central and who was a woman!

In between sampling coffee at some of the retailers that popularized America’s favorite beverage, you’ll get a crash course in coffee history from its ancient discovery in Africa to its sustainable farming movements of the past few years.

We will also highlight many of Greenwich Village’s hidden historical gems, like the Minetta Brook, and explain their connection to coffee.

By the end of this experience you will have tasted: an espresso, a drip coffee, chocolate covered coffee beans and a cappuccino… so you will be caffeinated!

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drink a cappuccino from NYC’s oldest cafe
  • Discover the former cafe that became the unofficial birthplace of the off-off Broadway theatre movement
  • Taste coffee treats from New York City’s oldest whole bean retailers
  • See NYC’s first espresso machine
  • Learn how NYC coffee culture played host to the first Stock Exchange and was considered to be the world’s first internet

TOUR DETAILS:
Price: $40 / person
What to wear: Bring comfortable shoes. This tour is happening rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather.
What to know: The tour is 1.5 hours long; the group meets at the Minetta Triangle, N/e Corner of Ave. of Americas and, Minetta Ln
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!

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To organize a behind the scenes tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.

If you enjoy the Greenwich Village Coffee Tour & Tasting, be sure to check what the Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour is all about!


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Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District & High Line Food & History Tour

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Eat like a local on a Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District & High Line Food & History Tour! And, explore the new Hudson Yards! Let us show you what this area in Manhattan is all about!


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Work your way through the Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District, and the High Line, and see the new Hudson Yards! If you’ve never been to New York City, this is a great place to start exploring!

From its working-class origins to its place in New York City’s club scene, to today, where high-end fashion houses rub shoulders with celebrities and trendsetting gourmands, the Meatpacking District is a slice of all of NYC!

Learn the area’s secrets, take in the views from the world-famous High Line and sample the diverse fare in the historic Chelsea Market.

In addition, explore Manhattan’s newest neighborhood, the Hudson Yards, that had an investment of 25-billion-dollars! Crazy, right!?

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(Get 15% off with the exclusive Promo Code: BTSNYC!!!)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pizza from local favorite Filaga Pizza
  • VIP pastry sampler from Las Delicias Patisserie (gluten free and vegan available!)
  • Taco from inventive Takumi Taco (vegetarian option available)
  • Seed + Mill halva
  • Doughnuttery doughnut or Legendary little ‘witch from Fat Witch Bakery
  • How hot can you go?! Guided hot sauce tasting by a hot sauce “sommelier”
  • Special introduction and tote bag at Artists & Fleas. Shop NYC gifts from local makers!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Location: Manhattan
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Tour Maximum: 14 people. Our groups are small for intimate, high-quality experiences.
  • Tour Includes: All food (enough for lunch); Drinks not included.
  • Walking Distance: One mile or 1.6 km.

Additional Notes: All of our tour guides are working actors or actresses so each tour comes packed with personality! This food tour is great for vegetarians. You can indulge in beer or wine (additional cost). Stops are subject to change at any time. *Tour runs rain, snow or shine.

Rates: $56 / person
Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 10am

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So, if you enjoyed this tour, you might also want to check out the “A Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour“.

If you’re looking for a custom tour related to art, food, historical sights, fashion or any other focus, contact us so we work on this with you! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out and share exclusive rates!


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Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour

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Lets keep your New York experience amazing! Come explore with us on the Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour! Eat & shop your way through the best of sustainable Brooklyn with a local expert.


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Don’t let the city grit sway you, we’re living green right here in the middle of Brooklyn! See a bit more about the Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour.

There are so many shops working with sustainable practices and putting their mission into action that we love to spread the word about!

The tour includes food tastings, organic tea ceremony, and behind-the-scenes access! Your tour guide is also a sustainable fashion designer, stylist and licensed guide. We also include info and history of the neighborhood and shopping discounts (where available).

So, join local sustainable fashion and textile designer, Amalya Meira, for a look at conscious design, forward-thinking cuisine, and innovative architecture all here in Williamsburg!

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(Get 15% off with the exclusive Promo Code: BTSNYC!!!)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Meet Designers, chefs and entrepreneurs forging a path for conscious urban living
  • Try delicious natural wine
  • See innovative and up and coming sustainable design from around the world
  • Taste amazing organic food that will leave you feeling wonderful (enough for lunch)
  • Visit a local designer studio
  • Give vintage gems new life!
  • Discover a mother daughter sustainable design success story
  • Like A Local only discounts at local boutiques
  • Learn about organic tea and tea ceremonies
  • See one of the only Passive Houses in all New York!
  • More natural and organic restaurant tips in the area!

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Location: Brooklyn
  • Duration: 3 Hours
  • Tour Capacity: 14 people. Our groups are small for intimate, high-quality experiences.
  • Tour Includes: Meet & greets, food/wine tastings, shopping discounts & more!
  • Walking Tour: Yes, 2.5 miles of walking. Please wear comfortable clothing/shoes.

Rates: $68 / person
Times: Every Friday at 12pm

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For other amazing tours, like Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Fashion Tour, you can see our Tours & Experiences page. You might also want to check out the “Chelsea Market, Meatpacking District & High Line Food & History Tour” to enjoy a bit of Manhattan, as well.

If you’re looking for a custom tour related to art, food, historical sights, fashion or any other focus, contact us so we work on this with you! For Corporate Tours, let our experts help you out and share exclusive rates!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

NYC’s Maritime History Tour

BTSNYC Experiences On Going NYC Maritime History Tour American Merchant Mariners Memorial Pier A AFineLyne

New York’s maritime roots are often overlooked and ignored, but come explore the NYC’s Maritime History Tour with us and go to some pretty cool parts of town!


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New York is New York because of its situation on one of the world’s best harbors.  And, NYC’s Maritime History Tour will tell you everything about this!

For the first three and half centuries of its life, this city was defined and sustained by its maritime operations.

However, in the past few decades most of the 8 million people who call New York City home or the 60 million people who visit annually barely even give a second thought to the harbor, bays, rivers, or boats that used to define and supply this popular set of islands.

New York’s maritime roots are often overlooked and ignored.

Take a journey back through lower Manhattan with Untapped Cities guides Justin Rivers and Mandy Edgecombe to experience New York as the world’s greatest ports of call.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Explore the early Dutch era maritime history through the stories of infamous sea captains Adrian Block and William Kidd
  • Get access onto the Wavertree at South Street Seaport, including inside its great hull. “There isn’t a ship in the world that has a space like this,” South Street Seaport Executive Director Jonathan Boulware
  • Walk the less-charted trail along the historic east side slips including Old Slip and Coenties
  • Learn about New York’s old buried ships on both the Hudson and East River shores and New York’s old floating churches
  • Discover other related sites including the International Merchant Marine Building, The Cunard Building, the Alexander Hamilton Custom House and a stop at the stunning Merchant Marine Memorial by the historic Pier A building
  • Visit South Street Seaport for the history of this unique museum, its historic ships and unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline
  • Your ticket includes entry into the South Street Seaport Museum

TOUR DETAILS:

  • Price: $35
  • What to know: This tour is approximately 2-hours long and is completely outdoors. The tour will end at the South Street Seaport.
  • What to wear: Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes!

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You might also enjoy the “Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour“,  “Behind The Scenes Tour at the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital” and “Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour“.

Furthermore, for corporate requests, let our experts help you out.

Lastly, you can always explore all our other Tours & Experiences! We’re sure you’ll enjoy them all!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

NYC Nightlife: Bar & Club Crawl Tour

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If you enjoy NYC nightlife, try the Bar & Club Crawl – a hosted group experience including live music, rooftop lounges, trendy bars, hidden speakeasies or a vibrant club.


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Yes, New York City is a city known for countless things! From fashion and food, to art and music! And, we couldn’t forget to mention, its endless nightlife.

With a city with just so much to do, a little hand with it comes to bars, rooftops and clubs, is always welcome. There is a reason it’s called “The City That Never Sleeps”, right?

There are many people that reach out to us saying that they are alone in New York, or in a small group, and would love to meet people in NYC!

Others are couples, but would love to join a group to have a great night out!

So, all these problems are solved with this Bar & Club Crawl tour!

Each night includes at least four venues, free admission, skipping the lines and two complimentary drinks.

Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

Oh! Moreover, if you have a bigger party or a corporate group that would love the Bar & Club Crawl tour, but would prefer an exclusive experience, we can certainly make it happen!

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TOUR DETAILS:

  • $35 / person (Free admission to each location)
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Duration: Hosted by nightlife concierge for duration of 4 hours
  • Meeting Location: Dr. Smood Coffee Shop at 181 East Houston Street (at Orchard Street)
  • Two complimentary drinks (some purchase may be required)
  • Express entry to each venue
  • Dress Code: Upscale casual and neat. Moderate walking required. Comfortable shoes recommended
  • 21+ years of age – bring valid government issued ID (passport if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Ticket price includes tax and fees. Gratuity not included.

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Lastly, if you need any other type of assistance, let us know!

In addition, there is so much you can do in NYC, from upstate art tours, to jet ski ride on the Hudson River, to open-door helicopter rides and picnics in the park!

Phiuf! And the best thing is that we can help plan everything for you!


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*Last Update on Feb/2020.*

Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Tour Of The Remnants Of Penn Station Vintage McKim Mead White Train Station Credit Wikimedia Commons Library of Congress

Penn Station is the mais intercity railroad station and has a great story! Come explore with us the Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station!


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BTSNYC Experiences On Going Tour Of The Remnants Of Penn Station Vintage McKim Mead White Train Station Credit Wikimedia Commons Library of Congress
Penn Station Vintage McKim Mead White Train Station – Credit: Wikimedia Commons Library of Congress

As they say “While Grand Central Terminal is majestic, for some reason Penn Station is worn down, ugly and universally hated.” But, the old beating heart and beautiful rich history of the station is still alive and worth sharing!

To start, people don’t keep track, but New York Penn Station is the “main intercity railroad station in New York City and the busiest in the Western Hemisphere, serving more than 630,000 passengers per weekday as of 2018.” (Source: Wikipedia).

Amazing, right?

That said, there are two things most commuters don’t realize about Penn.

First, there used to be a gorgeous Beaux Arts station that was demolished in the mid-60’s. Second: Parts of that old station can still be found today. They’ve just been buried under the arena that landed on top of them.

BTSNYC Experiences On Going Tour Of The Remnants Of Penn Station Vintage Aerial View 1910s Credit Wikimedia Commons Library of Congress
Penn Station Vintage Aerial View 1910s – Credit: Wikimedia Commons Library of Congress

On the tour of “The Remnants of Penn Station”, you’ll be taken back inside this central transportation hub to discuss the past, present and future plans for the structure. Although Amtrak only acknowledges one remnant remaining, tour participants will learn about station history and discover remnants of the McKim, Mead & White building located in plain sight.

In addition, tours will continue to be supported by photographic presentations of the station by renown photographers Norman McGrath, Peter Moore, and Aaron Rose. Along with the work of railroad aficionados Alexander Hatos, an employee of Pennsylvania Railroad and Ron Ziel, a railroad historian.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Get a comprehensive history of the past, present and future of Penn Station
  • See over a dozen indoor and outdoor old-station remnants hidden in plain sight
  • Learn insider navigation tips for one of the most cramped and complicated transit hubs in North America
  • See never-before-seen old station photos from the collections of three photographers who photo documented Penn’s life and demolition
  • Each guest will also receive a framable, reproduction ticket of the first commuter ride into Pennsylvania Station from 1910

DETAILS:
Price: $35 per person.
What to know: The tour is 2 hours long; please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes. No cancellations or refunds.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!

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Lastly, take a look at what the revamping of Penn Station looks like below!

It’s said that this renovation has been approved and will cost around $1.6 billion and that the new Moynihan Train Hall will have countless attractions and amenities. It’s estimated to be done by the end of 2020.

Let’s wait and see!

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To organize a private tour for your team or a special group of clients, contact our experts to learn more about our Corporate Tours & Experiences.
Moreover, if you enjoy this type of tour, be sure to check out these other tours: The Secrets Of Central Park Walking Tour and Underground New York Subway Tour, where we shot a pretty cool video!

Photo Credit: All renderings via office of the Governor Cuomo and via Wikimedia Commons, Library of Congress

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