If you are someone who likes seeing the lesser-know history & culture of a city, then we are peas in a pod. I love celebrating the diversity of history NYC has to share, and so I have partnered with the wonderful Local Expeditions for two of my favorite tours.
My first tour is a historical walking tour of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, in Queens, home to both the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. These grounds still house iconic NYC landmarks such as the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion, and the nearby USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (home of the annual US Open), as well as Citifield (home of the NY Mets). This tour also visits the only building that survived both Fairs, the Queens Museum, which was also the original home of the United Nations. Today, it houses the Panorama of the City of New York, the world’s largest architectural model, which depicts all of the buildings in the entire city of New York in 1:1200 scale. It must be seen to be believed.
I think this tour is a great intro for those who want to learn more about Queens.
The second tour I developed for them is another passion project: a 2.5-hour walking tour of Victorian Flatbush, Brooklyn.
In just this neighborhood-- which consists of numerous, small historic districts-- you can see NYC's oldest high school (founded by Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and others... and attended in more modern times by Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, and more), a Dutch church grounds dating back to 1654, historic palace theatres and landmarked buildings, a private tennis club tucked away behind pre-war apartment buildings, and countless Victorian-style homes dating back to the turn of the 20th century. It is a slice of high-end suburbia tucked away in a busy Brooklyn community. For most, seeing those gorgeous old mansions is worth the tour alone.
Perfect for those looking to discover another side of Brooklyn.
My listings for both tours on Local Expeditions have available dates listed. But I can also arrange custom dates, if desired. I hope you will consider joining me and taking a deeper look at our city's history.
Bonus! 5% of all ticket fees for these tours goes to a local non-profit. Your fee also includes a refreshment during the tour. In Queens, we stop at the famous Lemon Ice King of Corona after the tour. In Flatbush, we will stop at one of the neighborhood's many hip new coffee shops. As good a bargain as you can get in the NY tour world!