Five Unique New York City Walking Tours

 City Walking Tours

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If you think you've seen all New York City has to offer, or if you are just looking for a different way to tour the city, try a walking tour. With a myriad of themes – catering to everyone from foodies to history lovers and beer drinkers – there's something for everyone, and you'll learn all you can about New York by experiencing it. Here are five unique New York City walking tours to get you started.

The Official 'Gangs of New York' Walking Tour
Forget the glitz and glamor of The Big Apple; The Big Onion brings you to "Murder Alley," Paradise Square and other spots associated with New York's sordid gang history. While marching down Broadway and past City Hall, don't forget to snap pictures of the infamous locations immortalized by Martin Scorsese's film "Gangs of New York."
When: See dates and schedule here.
Where: Meet at the southeast corner of Broadway and Chambers Street, at City Hall Park.
Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors.

The Luxury Chocolate Tour
New York is known for pretzels, hot dogs, and a myriad of other delicious street foods, but don't forget that the city has a sweet tooth for chocolate, too! The Luxury Chocolate Tour by Sweet Walks introduces you to five of the city's best European chocolatiers for two full hours of sampling some of the best goods the candy world has to offer.
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 12 p.m.
Where: Meet at Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan (exact address given upon ticket purchase).
Cost: $70 (includes all tastings).

Historic Women of the Lower East Side Tour
There are plenty of city walking tours through the Lower East Side, a neighborhood with so much grit, so many yummy restaurants, and so much punk rock history that it's often named one of visitors' favorites. But only The Lower East Side History Project brings you on a tour that leads visitors through the birth of the suffrage movement and female-friendly establishments like the Visiting Nurse Service and Children's Aid. Led by an impassioned women's rights activist, even longtime city dwellers will learn a lot on this tour.
When: See dates and schedule here.
Where: Meet at the East Village Vistors Center, 75 E. 4th Street.
Cost: $20

Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
If walking isn't really your thing but drinking is, you'll fall head-over-heels for the Bakerloo Theatre Project's Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl. The walk will lead literature fans through several neighborhood pubs that gained infamy in the works or history of famous New York writers. As a bonus, at each stop the tour guides act out the little moment of history; in addition to the walking tour, you get a bit of theater.
When: 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Where: Meet at White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street.
Cost: $20 adults, $15 students and seniors.

The Chinatown Food Tour
New York City's Chinatown is kind of an entity of its own. Tucked in a corner of lower Manhattan, you won't get much more authentic unless you take a cab to LaGuardia airport and fly to China! This Foods of NY Tour introduces guests to three great restaurants featuring regional Chinese cuisine, followed by a jaunt around the shops and kiosks of this ethnic enclave.
When: 12 p.m., Mondays (and Saturdays, beginning in April).
Where: Meet near Chatham Square and Bowery (exact address given upon ticket purchase).
Cost: $65 per person (includes food and tastings).

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