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New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. New York: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore New York City and see the sights from the top deck of an open top bus. Admire iconic landmarks and monuments, from the Empire State Building to Times Square and the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge. Discover the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Upper East Side. The hop-on hop-off route covers iconic sights throughout New York City. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views both from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus, and on foot when you choose to hop-off to further explore. Hop-off and back on at your leisure to create your own customized itinerary around the city. Benefit from live bus tracking so that you will always know exactly when the next bus will arrive. Enjoy new, state-of-the-art audio commentary that is highly entertaining and engaging for adults and children alike. Choose from 3 ticket options: 1. Classic Ticket includes unlimited boarding on Uptown and Downtown loops for 1 day 2. Classic Ticket plus a 90-minute Circle Line sightseeing cruise 3. Best of New York Package includes Classic ticket plus Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty skip-the-line tickets The classic 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket starts in Midtown Manhattan and includes two loops, Downtown and Uptown. The Downtown loop is the best way to explore Lower Manhattan. See popular neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village, and the East Village. Hop off and enjoy a walk through Chinatown and Little Italy. Wander around Wall St. to see the infamous Stock Exchange and charging bull, eat your way through Little Italy and Chinatown then shop till you drop at all the high-end or boutique stores SoHo is famous for. The Uptown Loop starts from Times Square North and takes you on a journey through the Upper East Side, along Central Park, and down Museum Mile. Discover the famous landmarks of Uptown Manhattan such as MoMA, The Met, Central Park, and Colombus Circle.

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New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 40 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square North - Corner of 57th St & 7th Ave Stop 2 - Times Square South - 7th Ave Stop 3 - Macys Stop 4 - Empire State Building 1 - 34th St between 5th & 6th Ave Stop 5 - Empire State Building 2 - 32nd St & 5th Ave Stop 6 - Flatiron District - 22nd St & 5th Ave Stop 7 - Union Square Stop 8 - Greenwich Village Stop 9 - SoHo - Corner of Spring St. & Broadway Stop 10 - Chinatown/Little Italy Stop 11 - City Hall / World Trade / Brooklyn Bridge / 9/11 Tribute Museum - Broadway between Rector St. & Exchange Place Stop 12 - Battery Park / Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty Ferry - State St & Bridge St Stop 13 - South Street Seaport Stop 14 - Lower East Side Stop 15 - East Village Stop 16 - United Nations Stop 17 - Waldorf Astoria Hotel Stop 18 - Rockefeller Center / Radio City Stop 19 - Winter Garden Theatre Stop 20 - Central Park Stop 21 - Park Central Hotel Uptown Loop Stop 19: Winter Garden Theater Stop 20: Hell's Kitchen - 42nd St & 8th Ave Stop 21: Restaurant Row Stop 22: Theatre District South - 50th St & 8th Ave Stop 23: Theatre District North - 55th St & 8th Ave Stop 24: Columbus Circle Stop 25: Lincoln Center Stop 26: The Dakota / Strawberry Fields Stop 27: American Museum of Natural History Stop 28: Quality Inn/Hotel Newton  Stop 29: Upper West Side - 104th St & Central Park W Stop 30: Cathedral of St John the Divine Stop 31: Grant's Tomb Stop 32: Apollo Theater Stop 33: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Stop 34: Museum of the City of New York Stop 35: Smithsonian Museum of Design/Jewish Museum  Stop 36: Guggenheim Museum  Stop 37: Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 38: Frick Collection Stop 39: Central Park Zoo  Stop 40: Central Park - South between 5th & 6th Ave. Stop 41: Park Central Hotel

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Greenwich Village Tour

3. Greenwich Village Tour

Begin your 2-hour tour at the corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place, and learn about the history of Greenwich Village. Head to the Edgar Allan Poe house and the Washington Square Hotel. Explore Washington Square Park, a former potter's field, and learn how this area became the destination for musicians and protesters. Visit the Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, an event that led to the American labor movement. Head up McDougal Street, and see Cafe Wha, Cafe Reggio, and the Comedy Cellar. Learn where the best pizza in NYC is sold. Stroll down Christopher Street and visit the Stonewall Inn, where a riot in 1969 began America's Gay Rights Movement.

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Greenwich Village: Cupcake Bakeries Walking Tour

4. Greenwich Village: Cupcake Bakeries Walking Tour

Learn about the history of cupcakes as you visit some of the best small bakeshops in New York City. Your host will take you to secret bakeries as you search for the best the city has to offer. From the mini classic buttercream cupcake to the red velvet cream-cheese cupcake, you will discover a range of eclectic flavors baked daily. You'll visit local bakeries and taste some of the most desired cupcakes the locals are raving about. At the same time, discover local street art and music as you stroll around the West Village. You will have the opportunity to shop at the bakeries to take some delicious goodies home to share. Depart from this experience with a newly-discovered love for New York's bakeries.

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NYC: Food Tasting and Washington Square Park Walking Tour

5. NYC: Food Tasting and Washington Square Park Walking Tour

From the crazy colors of the mini cupcakes to the cheesy slice of pizza or hot falafel ball, there are many iconic foods to sample on this fully guided walking tour of Greenwich Village and New York City’s fun foods. Learn about the history and the landmarks of the Village and make sure you bring an appetite.  Afterwards, visit the famous Washington Square Park, a 9.75-acre (39,500 m2) public park in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of New York City's most well known public parks, it's an icon as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It's operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway. Spend some time enjoying the music and entertainment around the Washington Square fountain area that has become one of the most popular spots for New Yorkers and tourists. NYU owns most of the buildings around the park including one of the United States' most acclaimed law schools. You'll also visit the famous McDougall and Bleecker Streets where you can always find a pub open at any hour.

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East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

6. East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

Explore the East Village and learn about rock culture on a 2-hour guided walking tour. What a great neighborhood and one that you may not have explored on your own. The tour takes you through the East Village, Alphabet City and the Bowery. The East Village rock 'n' roll tour explores the music scene from the 60's through to the present. It is a historical tour that will leave you asking 'why didn't I do this tour sooner'. Rock, Punk and Glam are the three genres of music that helped form the history of rock culture and you will explore them all. New York City's East Village helped introduce new music, rock 'n' roll fashion and a way of life to the world. Now you can check out the sites and stories of The Ramones, New York Dolls, CBGB's, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, The Fillmore East, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and more. Find out where they played, lived, shopped and shot album covers, plus soak up the rich musical history of this Lower East Side neighborhood. Although many of these landmarks have changed, the memories continue to inspire up and coming New York City bands. You will explore the neighborhood's rock history, focusing on sites and artists including: • Fillmore East • Ramones • CBGB's • New York Dolls • Iggy • Album covers and more • A great walk through the historic East Village

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Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

7. Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

Pedal off from beneath the Manhattan Bridge and follow the East River Esplanade towards Southport Seaport. Learn the history of the shipping industry before going to Battery Park to get stunning views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Cycle the Hudson River Greenway to arrive at Riverside Park. Next, explore the Upper West Side and grab a bite to eat in the Time Warner Building or from one of the many street vendors during a 30-minute food stop. Cycle the 6-mile loop of Central Park to experience the attraction the best way possible, and take a quick ride through Midtown Manhattan towards Times Square and the Empire State Building. Stop at Rockefeller Plaza and St. Patrick's Cathedral along the way. Head into the West Village to visit Washington Square Park. Ride through the East Village and into SoHo before going through Little Italy and China Town. Reach the East Side of Manhattan and get beautiful views of Long Island before the tour ends!

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New York: 3-Hour Prohibition Bars Tour

8. New York: 3-Hour Prohibition Bars Tour

Learn the story of Prohibition in the United States, and hear about the nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages between 1920 and 1933. Led by rural Protestants and social Progressives in the Democratic and Republican parties, the dry movement was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League and mandated under the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. Many Americans resisted the move, and in cities such as New York, secret bars continued to operate, hidden from public view. Your guide will take you to some of the best-preserved of the 1920s hotspots, taking you back in time to the era of the Roaring '20s. Learn about the Volstead Act that defined the types of alcoholic beverages prohibited, and the local laws that were sometimes even more strict. Hear about the ratification of the 21st Amendment that repealed the 18th Amendment, and brought an end to Prohibition in December 1933.

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Greenwich Village Food Crawl

9. Greenwich Village Food Crawl

Join a food loving, like-minded New Yorker to explore Greenwich, one of the city’s most historic and foodie neighbourhoods, and eat your way around its diverse food scene, discovering how its immigrant communities brought their own unique heritage and delicious flavours to NY! This lively neighbourhood is known for its wide range of cuisines that reflect the ethnic diversity of NYC. But despite the daily new arrivals, many cafes, restaurants, delis and bakeries opened almost a century ago, and are now local institutions, where owners greet their customers by name and you’ll get a taste of the community spirit that the area still has.  Wander through the East Village, which is known as the heart of the Italian community and sample delicacies like cannoli and Sicilian aranchini, then visit a pizzeria that’s a local institution to taste a slice of the best pizza in NY!  Stop by a beloved local deli to try sample some Italian cheese or cured meat, indulge in something sweet at a tiny donut shop or explore the West Village which is known for its Jewish bakeries where you can sample traditional treats. Spend time getting to know your Local host, chat about your favourite food and get some insider recommendations of the most authentic locals places to eat and drink on the rest of your trip, at places your Local knows you will love.  The supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience you can always change your mind about what you want to do. Your host may also suggest adjustments or new routes if they feel that there is something just around the corner that you may enjoy, or perhaps if the weather affects your itinerary. Although you will see the main attractions in the area, they will also help you to discover the places, things and stories that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make the city unique.  This experience is better suited for adults. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

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NYC: East Village TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

10. NYC: East Village TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

The East Village is home to many new and classic TV and film locations. This tour offers a new way to experience this unique neighborhood for anyone from first-time visitors to residents. You'll stop at the coffee shop from in "Sex and the City" and "Spider-Man 2." Visit Veneiro's Pastry Shop seen in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Law & Order: SVU," and "The Village." Stroll through the park featured in "Russian Doll," "Die Hard: Wiith a Vengeance," "Eat, Pray, Love," "The Godfather: Part II," "Sesame Street," and "the Wigstock Drag Festival."

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What people are saying about East Village, New York City

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 909 reviews

Had a GREAT time riding Big Bus. All of the representatives on the street were nice and very helpful. The stops are strategically placed close to all the major areas of attractions to allow easy walking to. It’s definitely well worth the price to get around the city all day. Highly recommended!

Other than not being able to take the Empire State Building tour, technical difficulties on site booking, everything was very well done. Still waiting on my refund for that portion of my event

The tour was excellent, easy to get the tickets and the sights seem where beautiful

Had a good time, had family come along with us they enjoyed the site's very much.

Love the idea of being able to hop on and off. Enjoyed it very much