Inhabitat celebrated National Walking Day this year by exploring the city with new touring company Walks of New York. Already established in Europe with Walks of Italy, the walking tour experts brought their service to New York to provide small group aventures that offer up-close and personal insight into NYC's pedestrian-friendly sights. We loved becoming a tourist in our own city under the guidance of Walks of New York co-founder, Jason Spiehler.
Each of Walks of New York’s insider tours cover a lot of ground in an enjoyable two-and-a half to three hour time span. Participants can choose from a variety of cultural tours including Highlights of New York, Meet at the Met: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the B&H New York Photography Tour to the High Line, Express Access to the Empire State Building, Lower East Side Stories: Culture and Food, and Broadway Behind the Curtain. Each walk gives participants access to venues and institutions that regular tours do not, including skip-the-line privileges at some venues.
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Inhabitat enjoyed the Highlights of New York tour, which started at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and then continued at Rockefeller Center, where we talked about the controversy behind Atlas’ face, the original murals intended for the interior of the center, and the sculptor behind the ice rink. From Rockefeller Center we headed to Grand Central Station, where we learned of the building’s beginnings, the stories behind its north-facing ornate façade, and were even shown the section of dirt on the ceiling left to show how coal and smoking damaged the constellation mural before it was cleaned. Tours often end with a relaxing drink at one of the city’s many rooftop bars.
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Living in New York, we can take for granted the incredible landmarks and stories that surround us. Walks of New York gives a new appreciation for the great city that both tourists and locals can enjoy.
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