OFF THE BEATEN PATH NEW YORK CITY


—See Unique New York with a Tour that Explores the Roads Less Traveled—


New York, NY (August 1, 2006) – With dozens of diverse neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, there are many areas in New York City that the typical visitor never sees. Charming tree-lined streets, quaint art galleries and delicious ethnic restaurants are some of the treasures waiting to be discovered in the Big Apple. Adventurous visitors can explore the hidden gems of New York City on one of the many tours that open doors to these often unseen sites.


Walk This Way
The best way to see New York City on two feet, strolling through the endless avenues and side streets and discovering new things on every corner. A number of walking tours offer itineraries that explore the diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. Go on an urban adventure to discover the undiscovered and see the unseen New York City with a NEWrotic New York City Tour, highlighting graffiti art in Spanish Harlem, distinct global cultures in Queens and spectacular skyline views from Roosevelt Island.

Visitors can discover many surprising delights in the Bronx on a tour with Susan Sez Walkabouts. Tour itineraries include stops at City Island, a charming island reminiscent of a New England fishing village, and Old World markets on Arthur Avenue, an authentic Italian enclave.

Get a history lesson about the rich past of Lower Manhattan with Patriot Tours. This tour stops by the famous historical sites including Trinity Church, Fraunces Tavern and Federal Hall, but also explores the forgotten side streets while telling the stories of The Sons of Liberty and the printers, merchants and spies who lived among them.

Brooklyn is bursting with interesting culture, fantastic food and a rich heritage. Join a Big Onion Walking Tour and stroll the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn Heights, learn about the history of Green-Wood Cemetery, explore Brooklyn’s “Gold Coast” Park Slope, or discover the waterfalls, meadows and lakes found in the 600-acre Prospect Park.

Learn about the triangle below Canal Street during a tour of TriBeCa with Joyce Gold, a tour guide who is one of the city’s pre-eminent historians. Joyce Gold explores the history of New York City’s many neighbourhoods and shows visitors how the past is reflected in the area today. She invites visitors to discover the hidden charms of Chelsea, learn about the bohemian Greenwich Village, and trace the Irish roots of Hell’s Kitchen.

The Lower East Side is one of New York City’s most storied neighbourhoods. The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy offers walking tours of the area’s sacred sites, landmarks, and historic sites celebrating 350 years of Jewish settlement, as well as ethnic food, galleries and boutiques.


Uptown Excursions
Harlem is a legendary New York City community that has been home to some of the world’s most renowned musicians, poets, artists and writers. Visit the sites that make this area one of the city’s most intriguing destinations. Tour companies offer Harlem tours include Harlem Your Way! Tours, Harlem Spirituals and Harlem One Stop.

Hip hop fans can learn about the New York City roots of this unique music style with Hush Tours - A Hip Hop Look at New York. The tour explores three decades of NYC's hip hop music scene and highlights locations in Midtown, Harlem and the Bronx.


Noshing Through New York
With nearly 18,000 restaurants, it’s deliciously easy to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Eat your way through the city with a tour highlighting top foodie destinations. Enthusiastic Gourmet invites visitors to discover the local flavors of NYC on an ethnic food tour. Eat your way through the city with dumplings in Chinatown, pickles on the Lower East Side, fresh mozzarella in Little Italy and spanikopita in Hell’s Kitchen.

Savory Sojourns offers insider culinary tours with itineraries in neighborhoods throughout the city. Visit the Middle-Eastern shops that line Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to taste a treasure trove of baklava, pita and imported olives, or shop at the Chelsea Market, a favorite of chefs that supplies everything from buffalo mozzarella to lobster.

Grab a slice of the best pizza in the city and discover some of New York’s coolest neighborhoods during the Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour. This four-hour foodie romp through Brooklyn includes pizza, soft drinks and a tour of Brooklyn’s famous movie locations, landmarks and points of interest.


High Tech Travel
From cell phone walking tours to GPS handheld guides, savvy travelers are going digital, making New York City more accessible than ever with just the touch of a button. The digital revolution has entered the tourism industry, and travelers are benefiting with self-paced tours, interactive maps and more. The new GPS Tour Guide provides users with a handheld GPS map system that includes a subway finder, NYC “how to” guide and NYC stories as narrated by celebrities. The handy device helps travelers explore the city at their own pace without ever getting lost.

The brand new Staten Island Talking Street Audio Tour shows visitors the best of this borough. Narrated by actor Paul Sorvino, this tour works just like a museum audio guide, except travelers use their own cell phones. The tour features 16 items including highlights of the New York Harbor as seen from the Staten Island Ferry, and cultural and historical attractions on Staten Island.