Behind the Scenes
Lively one-hour tours visit three grand theaters of Lincoln
the Metropolitan Opera House, New York State Theater, and Avery Fisher Hall. Informed guides will tell you all about the history, legends, architecture-even some gossip!-and bring you backstage for a more intimate perspective on Lincoln Center.
Special Group Rates are available and group tours can be scheduled as
Please call the tour desk at (212)-875-5350 for reservations. www.lincolncenter.org
Radio City Music Hall "Stage Door Tour"
Following the lead of Radio City's experienced tour guides, guests explore: the Great Stage, one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world; the stage's hydraulic system, still in operation since the '30s; the renowned private suite, with 12-feet high gold leaf ceilings and onetime home to Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel. And as an exciting climax to the Stage Door Tour, guests will meet one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes!
The Radio City "Stage Door Tour" is a one hour, walking tour of the interior of Radio City Music Hall that departs from the Music Hall lobby. Radio City Music Hall is located in the heart of Rockefeller Center at 1260 Avenue of the Americas - 6th Ave. and 50th Street.
Order by Phone: Call 212-307-7171.
Groups of 25 or more call 212-465-6100 or email Group Sales. http://www.radiocity.com/themusichall_tours.htm.
Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis, depending on availability. Tour content and prices are subject to change without notice.
Madison Square Garden: "All Access Tour"
Where history and legends are made! For over 100 years, The Garden has been a centerpiece of New York City, offering the ultimate experience in sports and entertainment. And now, Madison Square Garden invites you to a behind-the-scenes look at what makes it The World's Most Famous Arena.
The Madison Square Garden All Access Tour rolls out the red carpet, making you feel like a VIP while showing you how the magic happens. You'll discover why The Garden is "not a building, but a state of mind." With over 600 events every year, there's always something exciting to see.
Tickets are available at The Garden Box Office or by calling TicketMaster at 212-307-7171.
For information call 212- 465-5800. http://www.thegarden.com/entertainment_allaccesstour.jsp
Carnegie Hall "Tour"
Whether you live in New York City or are only here for a day, catch an insider's glimpse of Carnegie Hall by taking our tour. Learn about the story of Andrew and Louise Carnegie, hear how the Hall was saved from demolition in 1960, and experience a century-long performance tradition that has showcased the world's finest artists — from Tchaikovsky to Mahler, from Horowitz to Callas to Bernstein, even Judy Garland and the Beatles. Come and share in the history of America's most famous concert hall! Each tour lasts approximately one hour and departs from the main lobby.
Tours are not offered during the summer. http://www.carnegiehall.org/index.jsp?uuid=361FD1E73DF0A705-9932247620008550
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
guided tours of the Met's collection are offered daily by Museum-trained volunteers and are free with Museum admission. Some tours cover the collection as a whole and others concentrate on specific departments or themes. Tours last one hour and, in addition to English, are given in several other languages. Inquire at the Information Desks for points of departure. Some guided tours are delivered in Sign Language with voice interpretation; see the Signs of Art calendar (available online and as a printed brochure) for a complete schedule. For times and topics on particular dates, consult the online calendar for guided tours about particular subjects on a specific date or range of dates. The Museum is closed on Mondays. guided tours are scheduled as follows (all tours are subject to change): www.metmuseum.org/events/ev_walktour.asp
Big Onion Walking Tours
(212) 439-1090 www.bigonion.com
Provides walking tours through New York’s ethnic and historic districts.
All guides hold advanced degrees in American History. The tours options are too many in number to list here. Visit their web site for a complete listing. Areas and topics of interest include: Immigrant New York, SoHo & NoLita, Multi-Ethnic Eating tour, Chinatown, Gramercy Park & Union Square, Historic Harlem, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Jewish Lower East Side and more.
Historic Greenwich Village Walking and Tasting Tour
Presented by Foods of New York
(732) 636-4650, 1-877-603-7049 www.foodsofny.com
This historic tour of Greenwich Village and SOHO will introduce you to two of New York City’s most popular neighborhoods. Combine the foods, sights and history of the Village and SOHO in one great walking tour. Start in the quaint west village where you’ll witness homes from the mid 1800’s along tree-lined streets. As you proceed though the village to SOHO you will discover the unique restaurants and specially food shops. If you are a food lover searching for those tucked away places, this tour is for you.
Bicycle Tour of Central Park
Meet at 2 Columbus Circle (corner of 59th Street and Broadway)
Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour escorted bicycle tour of Central Park and see among the many attractions the medieval style Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields honoring John Lennon, the Delacorte Theatre home of Shakespeare in the Park, and famous movie locations. Bicycle tours of other New York City areas are also available. Call for more information. Prefer to cycle around on your own? Ask about hourly and daily rental rates.
Harlem Heritage tours
(212) 280-7888 www.harlemheritage.com
A unique set of tours that serve to highlight the rich history of this New York neighborhood and its many contributions to American culture. You can choose from the Jazz nights in Harlem Bus tour, the Harlem Gospel Bus Tour, the Boys choir of Harlem walking experience, or from more than 15 other choices.
Tour options include Chinatown, Little Italy, Times Square and the Theatre District, Central Park & Museum Mile, the Village, SoHo, the United Nations and Harlem. For your convenience CM Tours will arrange to pick you up at a location in the city that you designate.
Discover New York
(212) 935-3960 www.mas.org
Architectural and Historical Walking tours sponsored by the
Municipal Art Society, a membership organization which
champions excellence in urban design and planning and the
preservation of the best of the city’s past. among the many
tours offered are "Art Deco Midtown," "Irish
Footsteps in Old New York," "Blame it on the Bossa
Nova: the Avenue of the Americas in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.
Or, select from a series of Saturday afternoon walking tours
given in conjunction with exhibitions being held at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Convention Tours Unlimited
903 Park Avenue, Suite 2A
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-545-1160 -
Customized shopping, sightseeing tours. Conventions, corporations, incentive. Special student packages. Spouse programs, evening entertainment, theater packages, transportation.
Looking for reading materials on the history and architecture
of New York City? Visit:
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
1972 Broadway (at 66th Street)
New York NY, 10023
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
2289 Broadway (at 82nd Street)
New York NY, 10024
Urban Center Books
457 Madison Avenue