The Shortest and Most Charming Street

Weehawken Street, located in the westernmost side of Greenwich Village, is one of the shortest and charming one-block streets in Manhattan, but with a long history because of its proximity to Hudson River and its maritime activity. The street is an NYC landmark where one of the very few remaining wooden houses can be found. You’ll need a map to find it, as the West Village does not conform to the grid pattern and makes it into a labyrinth. Hint: go west on Christopher and West Streets. A walk through the West Village is one of the most enjoyable experiences… Read More

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City Hall Park and South Street Seaport Tour

City Hall Park and South Street Seaport Tour No one can miss a visit to the Brooklyn Bridge, day or night, but there are two areas close to it that get bypassed by most tourists: City Hall Park and South Street Seaport. City Hall was finished in 1812 and ever since, it’s the only City Hall building in the U.S. that has uninterruptedly been so till the present. There are many New York City landmarks and extraordinary new buildings surrounding the park. The park itself has a long history to talk about. Within a few blocks of the park, we’ll… Read More

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From Columbus to Lennon: The Upper West Side Tour

From Columbus to Lennon: The Upper West Side Long history in a short walk. The tour starts at Columbus Circle, at the Time-Warner Towers, with its glitzy shopping mall and grand view of the western entrance to Central Park. Before getting to the Dakota Building and Strawberry Fields in Central Park, we’ll zig-zag you through the most magnificent “brownstone” rows of houses and mansions as well as mid- to late-nineteenth century architecture and major cultural institutions of the city. Most visitors wonder what’s worth seeing to the west of Central Park: a lot, and with this tour we’ll show you… Read More

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What do you know about New York City?

What do you know about New York City? Whether you’ve read a guidebook or been here before, you’ll learn a lot about why the city is what it’s like nowadays, where it came from and where it’s going if you set 28 minutes apart to watch Timescapes, an excellent documentary shown at The Museum of the City of New York. It is the best introduction to the city you’re about to visit or have visited before. The museum also has permanent or temporary exhibits about this thriving city. It’s located on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. Right across the street,… Read More

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Which Italian caffe made the first cappucino in NYC?

The Caffé Reggio, at 119 Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village, has been around since 1927. It still looks pretty much as it did when it opened and it is a must in that neighborhood – authentically Italian. They claim to have been the first to serve the first cappuccino in New York. It’s original owner, Domenico Parisi, has on display a beautiful espresso machine from 1902. The Ferrara Caffé, dating back to 1892, in Little Italy, claims they were the first ones to make the first cappuccino in New York City. Both caffés serve great cappuccinos and pastries. Try both… Read More

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Madison Square Park

In the 1870s, Madison Square Park was the place for New York City’s elite until the area was commercialized in the early 1900s. It was restored in 2001, and it is now one of those oases where people can just relax and children have their own playground. Most visitors wrongly think that hectic Times Square and Midtown Manhattan stand for the rest of island. New Yorkers could not survive the stress of walking or working in Midtown Manhattan if it weren’t for places like Madison Square and many other neighborhoods where you can breathe in peace and rest. The park,… Read More

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Inwood Hill Park – The last natural forest remaining in Manhattan

In contrast to Central Park, which for all its magnificence was landscaped, no other park in Manhattan resembles the beautiful natural forest at Inwood Hill Park. The forest and marshes are a relic of Manhattan’s original vegetation. The park is located at the northern tip of Manhattan. Since 1995, the Inwood Hill Park Urban Ecology Center provides information about its natural and cultural history. Before the arrival of European colonists, the Lenape Native Americans lived in the area, where they found plenty of sources of food. This is certainly a park worth visiting and definitely off the beaten path.   Please… Read More

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