Detailed itinerary below. Click to expand.
Itinerary may change due to weather, traffic or availability conditions.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Start with a walking tour of Rockefeller Center to see 30 Rock (as in the famous TV show) and St. Patrick Cathedral and 5th Avenue shopping district.
Broadway Theatre District
Enter this iconic New York church.
"...In 1830 a huge and dangerous anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant mob gathered here, surrounding the church. At that time this neighborhood was predominantly Irish and the Irish were hated. The crowd chanted “Paddies of the Pope” and they threatened to burn the church to the ground..."
Board your bus and off we go. First stop is Broadway and Times Square. Your entertaining guide will guide you through the city's canyon.
"...Theater History goes back much further. It began in 1750 in lower Manhattan and by the 1800s, theater became THE most popular form of public entertainment, regardless of class. Theater was the Internet, the cable, the movies, the video games in the lives of New Yorkers..."
Chrysler Building View from route
"...The popularity of Times Square as a destination is due, in part, to the convergence of several subway lines. Beginning in 1904, it became a magnet for various businesses and was a natural home for a theater district because it was easily accessible to the masses. And the masses come here. Every New Year’s Eve, about a million people gather..."
Empire State Building
"...The Chrysler people bested Craig Severance by secretly building a spire which they hoisted up to the tower a few months later. Their glory was short lived as less than a year later..."
See the iconic skyscraper as we pass it on the bus
“Home to many of New York City's showrooms and to numerous major fashion labels, and caters to all aspects of the fashion process from design and production to wholesale selling.”
This triangular building has been called "one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers and a quintessential symbol of New York City"
See street chess, street artist and New Yorkers chill in this park.
The artistic and alternative NYC neighborhood home to artists and the Gay Rights movement.
Amazing Cast-Iron buildings, expensive shops and lofts
A thriving immigrant community with amazing sights, smells and things to do.
Canyon of Heroes/ Ticker Tape Parade Route
We will get off the bus at Battery Park, the southern tip of Manhattan, to take a walking tour of the Financial District.
"...The Ticker Tape was the internet of the day and its how bankers got their stock prices and news on these long strips of paper. They had tons of it in their offices and when a parade would come through, they would just throw it out the windows.. "
See the most photographed sculpture of New York and a symbol of optimism.
"...And the people of New York loved it, but the police hated it! You can’t just lay your “trash” in front of the Stock Exchange, so they impounded it. But there was a public outcry and it was put out here on display and it’s for sale if anybody wants it..."
New York Stock Exchange
See this historic street next to the New York Stock Exchange.
"...The Dutch didn’t come here to escape religious persecution or to start a new life, they came here as traders! They would trade guns and ammo to the Indians for beaver pelts..."
See this impressive symbol of our financial markets.
"...Founded in 1792 by a group of 24 investors who wanted to formalize their trades and signed the Buttonwood Agreement. They called it that because they signed it under a buttonwood tree..."
See the site of the first capital of the United States and perhaps the most historic site in New York.
"...The sailors would come in here and line up around the rotunda and you can still see indentation in the marble from where they used to stand..."
National 9/11 Memorial
Historic church where Alexander Hamilton is buried.
"...This graveyard contains the remains of many great Americans, Signers of the Declaration of Independence, Senators and Congressmen from the 1700’s and 1800’s and this guy, Robert Fulton. Does anyone know who Robert Fulton is?..."
Statue of Liberty & NYC Skyline View from Staten Island Ferry
Visit 9/11 Ground Zero and see the largest man-made waterfalls as tribute to the lives lost.
"...Of all the cherished symbols and tributes in the museum and the memorial there is one that is most cherished of all. You see, after the second day the clean up crews were finding nothing but destruction and death among the ruins until one day, a few weeks later, they saw a branch sticking up through the rubble..."
Brooklyn Bridge View from route
You will board your ferry to sail past the Statue of Liberty and see the New York City Skyline. On this 1 hour cruise, you'll have time to eat lunch.
"...The thing that many people don’t know is that she stayed in those boxes here in NYC for about a year. The deal was that the French would give us the statue but WE had to pay for the pedestal on which she sits. Well there was a financial panic several years prior and we couldn’t raise the money..."
Ride underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the 7th Wonders of the Industrial World.
"...You see when John Roeblings conceived of this bridge they said it would be impossible to span the distance from Brooklyn to Manhattan this way and so he came up with the idea of grounding those giant towers..."
The tour will conclude at Hudson Yards, the site of New York newest neighborhood.
High Line Park
Take pictures of the Vessel or climb inside (depending on availability).
Enjoy a stroll through High Line Park after the tour