The Art, Architecture, and Spirits of Lower Manhattan
Lower Manhattan is the oldest part of New York City; it is an excellent location to learn about groundbreaking public art and architecture. The southern tip of the island, the Battery, is the birthplace of modern America. As old as it is, it teems with the spirits of the past. Join us as we explore the city’s most historically exciting and mysterious area.
Public art is part of the fabric of New York City; on this tour, you will see the Cube and Sunken Fountain, Four Trees, Double Check, and the two Wall Street icons, The Fearless Girl and Charging Bull. Salted within these examples of public art are buildings in a diversity of styles, Greek and Gothic Revival, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and International style skyscrapers, and the last great unregulated skyscraper, the Equitable Building. A structure that led to significant zoning law changes that resonate to this day.
Realize, as you walk, you are trodding the same streets that Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Aaron Burr, and other founders walked as they plotted and schemed to defeat the British and lay the foundation for our country. There have been numerous spirit sightings along these old streets.
There is the ghost of Chloe, the protector of domestic animals. On Evacuation Day, when the British left Manhattan for good, Johnny Van Arsdale’s clambered up the greased flagpole to strike the Union Jack and hoist the Stars and Stripes. Johnny now serves as the vigilant spirit sentinel of Lower Manhattan. We’ll discuss the tortured soul of Alexander Hamilton, who felt responsible for his son Philips’s death by duel.
All these wraiths were and maybe still are human beings; they were naughty, friendly, angry, and sad. Their lives played out against the vast sweep of history. And they left the wisps of their spirit lives on the city’s familiar streets.
At the tour’s end, you will have learned amazing things about these fascinating people and the eventful eras they lived. You will also appreciate the seamless web of art and architecture that enriches our lives. And who knows, we might be lucky enough to have one of these phantoms quietly join us as we temporarily visit their eternal home.
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HAPPY CLIENTS REVIEW
"Thank you Fred for an awesome tour! I love the fact that this tour not only includes easy transport from Midtown Manhattan out to Dyker Heights and a walking tour of some of the best holiday lights but also includes a tour and history of everything we pass on the way there and more holiday lights on the way back!! A wonderful way to see NYC during the holiday season!!"
"Fabulous tour- the whole family enjoyed it- the bus ride to Brooklyn was so informative and full of snippets of facts and information about the districts we passed through- yes it’s pricey but we had so much more for our money"
"JA was so educated - wise - funny - learned so much on the tour . He led us through the streets - but gave guests option to walk on their own"
"Large bus tour with on board guide. Left on time with a mix of families, couples, both old and young. Guide was knowledgeable, informative, but a bit corny. Drove through several Manhattan areas including Chelsea, Meatpacking, then Dyker Heights (the crown jewel), Brooklyn for Manhattan skyline view, Washington Square and Rockefeller Center. Dyker heights was crowded and the group moved slow, but we were free to explore on our own as we had the departure time and location spelled out. Lights are ridiculously amazing and worth the trip. The tour bus will drop you off at the numbered cross streets as you make your way north on 5th (?) Ave. to Rockefeller, but you'll miss the famous tree. Otherwise, tour ends and you need to find your way back to your hotel (there is a subway station at Rockefeller, FWIW)."
"We really enjoyed the Christmas lights. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and kept us entertained during the bus ride to Dyker Heights providing a lot of interesting information about NYC. Once you arrive to Dyker Heights It can be a bit fast paced for some people if you choose to stay with the tour guide which I highly recommend if you don’t want to get lost. Forget about stopping to get hot chocolate or ice cream and treats from vendors. You won’t have time and will be left behind if you do, you have the option to go your own way and see the lights at your own pace but it’s better to follow the guide as he has some interesting info about some of the houses. This tour gets you into the holiday spirit 😊. I recommend this tour."
"The guide is wonderful the lights are beautiful this should be on everyone's bucket list. We have done this 2 years in a row and still learn something new each trip."
"Our guide Dave I believe his name was , he has so much knowlegde of New York. Everything was beautiful so worth it"
"I’ve wanted to do this tour for ages so when we booked our dream trip to NYC from the UK, this was a must on the list. It did not disappoint. We were picked up and greeted by the lovely Ray. He was amazing, so knowledgeable and funny telling us everything he knows, it was a lot! Once at Dyker Heights, Ray takes you around some of the best decorated houses you’ll ever see whilst constantly giving you Information. He showed an interest in his guests, where they were from etc. That was really nice. The houses blow you away. Some really get into the festive period. We came on the 1st December so not everyone had decorated but it was an incredible experience. I highly recommended this tour and trip. We’ll definitely do it again when we come back."
"Fred was an amazing guide from historical facts, to knowledge of all the trials, to amazing fun and laughter through the whole tour. Highly recommend. Even for those NYC residents who have never ventured into the North Woods (me)."
"Fred the tour guide was wonderful and knew so many people in the Park and on the tour. We walked a lot and there were some steep parts"