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New York And How It Got That Way - Guided Tour

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What to Expect
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Stop At: Battery Park, State Street and Battery Place, New York City, NY 10004

New York and How It Got That Way:

Visionaries, Dreamers and Schemers and How They Shaped the Look and Outlook of Manhattan

Stop At: Wall Street, New York City, NY 10005

An eye opening, provocative tour that will have participants
• Cheering the Dutch for inspiring our true foundations
• Boo-ing the English for treating New York as an ATM machine

Stop At: SoHo, South of Houston Street, New York City, NY 10022

• Re-evaluating Thomas Jefferson
• Thanking Alexander Hamilton for the city's skyscrapers
• Celebrating forgotten heroes who saved New York from disaster

Stop At: 5 Ave, Waverly Pl., W. 4 St. and Macdougal St. Washington Square Park, New York City, NY 10011

The Guides: Passionate about New York and its often improbable history

Stop At: Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, New York City, NY 10017-5503

The Do-Good: A portion of each booking will be donated to Graham Windham, a children’s service organization created in 1806 by Alexander Hamilton’s widow, Elizabeth Schuyler-Hamilton, and friends

Stop At: Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave Second Floor, New York City, NY 10019-3210

Transportation: a Luxury coach with some easy walking

Stop At: Central Park, Central Park, New York City, New York

Who should take this tour?
• Veteran New Yorkers
• Newly minted New Yorkers
• Tourists who want to know more than just the height of the Empire State Building (A before-you-go primer takes care of such essentials)
• Corporations looking for a way to inspire employees with tales of persistence and grit that got New York to where it is today

Stop At: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The David RubenStein Atrium Broadway & 64th Street - main entrance, New York City, NY 10023

• Students, to encourage them to never give up their big ideas.
• Teachers, to encourage students to think big
• Or anyone looking for some surprising history or salacious gossip to share at the next dinner party.
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Important Information
Departure Point
We depart from the front steps of the National Museum of the American Indian.
1 Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time, and look for our guides and the orange, white and blue New York City flags near the front steps.
Instructions: Please [click here](https://www.manhattanpassport.nyc/directions) for more details and a map.
Departure Time
10:00 AM
Return Details
Tour ends at Lincoln Center.
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Entry/Admission - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
Ina Selden, the founder of Manhattan Passports, designed, arranged and led a tour of New York City on Mother's Day, specifically tailored to appeal to mothers, their children, and the mothers' mothers; appropriate for children and grandmothers alike. Given the occasion, she
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Response from inas702, Owner at New York And How It Got That Way - Guided Tour
Responded 29 May 2019
Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review. It perfectly captures the spirit of the tour. Our mission, and it is a mission, is to introduce forgotten visionaries, dreamers and schemers who helped New York become the city it is today.
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I learned a lot about New York and how such amazing people knew how NY would look today. My favorite person to learn was the man who was making sidewalks and put metal poles to vision where the sidewalks would be and how people would remove the poles he would constantly put them
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Response from inas702, Owner at New York And How It Got That Way - Guided Tour
Responded 29 May 2019
Thanks for your review, our first from a 12-year-old! Your favorite person on the tour was John Randel, Jr. In 1808, when he was only 20, he was handed the now famous grid plan for Manhattan and told to "Just do it." And he did it, making Manhattan navigable without a GPS. But not before unhappy residents pelted Randel with rotten fruit, stole his horse, threw him in jail for trespassing. Randel doesn't even rate a street sign or a plaque!
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A perfect mix of history and anecdotes comfortably combined with a well-appointed small coach and walking. Would be perfect for a visitor or New Yorker interested in a deeper understanding of how the Dutch shaped New York. Amazing that what happened 300 years ago shaped who we
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Response from inas702, Owner at New York And How It Got That Way - Guided Tour
Responded 29 May 2019
Many thanks for your review. Yes, the Dutch set New York's DNA. They imbued us with their can-do spirit, their respect for individual rights and the rule of law. Before New Amsterdam became New York women enjoyed amazing rights. Too bad the Dutch couldn't stick around longer. Women would probably have gotten the vote in this country much earlier.
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Theme and execution make this an outstanding tour of Manhattan. A sequence of critical moments from the city’s becoming – expectations, controversies, and results – are selected. Some of the “shapers” are not well known, and/or shown from a novel and interesting angle.
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Response from inas702, Owner at New York And How It Got That Way - Guided Tour
Responded 29 May 2019
We love reviews like this. Our tour is meant to shake things up, and give credit where credit is long overdue to many unsung heroes who shaped the city, literally and figuratively.
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I am a licensed New York City tour guide and I learned many new things about New Amsterdamers from the Dutch days, New Yorkers from the English days and New Yorkers from the post-American-Revolution days ---- and how these famous people - and people I've never heard about made
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