8 Quirky Experiences in New York

Discover an alternative side to NYC on a unique tour
Discover an alternative side to NYC on a unique tour | © Felix Lipov / Alamy Stock Photo
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Us Books Editor11 December 2019

New York is a mix of countless influences and a city filled with experiences for every possible interest. From ghosts to gossips, these eight unique experiences will give you fresh insight into the Big Apple.

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

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New York, United States. 23rd Mar, 2018. Workers, labor leaders, elected officials, and students gathered in the heart of Greenwich Village today to join families of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire victims on March 23, 2018; to commemorate 107th annivers
Greenwich Village has a decidedly spooky side | ©Pacific Press Agency / Alamy

Love a spooky tale? Greenwich Village is full of grisly murders and dark tragedies where spine-tingling energies can still be felt today. The Greenwich Village Ghost Tour includes a stop at the Hanging Tree that still stands in Washington Square Park and the site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which killed 146 garment workers, and led to some of the first workplace safety laws in the US.

Murder Mystery in the Historic Mount Vernon Hotel Museum

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Visit the historic Mount Vernon Hotel Museum for a fascinating tour | Courtesy Mount Vernon Hotel

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum provides the ideal setting for an immersive, fictional mystery game. Wander through period rooms and grounds to discover clues and facts on whodunnit. Once you’ve solved the crime, you’ll get to mingle over cheese and wine at a murder mystery after-party.

Gossip Girl Sites Tour

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Gossip Girl Sites Tour
Make like Blair and Serena on a Gossip Girl tour of NYC | © Get Your Guide
Gossip Girl was the show that defined New York City for a generation of fans. Explore the playground of the elite with The Gossip Girl Sites Tour designed to help you bask in the glamour of the Upper East Side. A local actress will escort you around, making sure you feel like you’re taking in the reports of the real Gossip Girl. Relive the glitz of Gossip Girl with stops at many of the 40 Manhattan locations the show captured in its six seasons from 2007-2012.

Superheroes of New York

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New York City is the birthplace of the American comic book and the superhero. As the superhero movie genre has boomed, New York City has offered ambiance and backdrop for some of its biggest moments. Walk down Publishers Row where the comics began and take a look at where shows like Gotham and Daredevil were filmed. Superheroes of New York even takes a stop at the bar where some of the greatest comic book artists hung out; maybe you’ll get inspired to add your own legacy.

Nightlife Experience: The Meatpacking District After Dark

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View across Manhattan Meatpacking District and Chelsea into Midtown, New York City
Manhattan’s Meatpacking District has a rich history | © Felix Lipov / Alamy Stock Photo

The City That Never Sleeps has to fill those midnight hours somehow. The Nightlife Experience Tour takes you through a smorgasbord of nightlife activity in the Meatpacking District. The district once known for, well, meatpacking is now home to a mix of wine bars, late-night hipster cafés and underground clubs. From the glitzy to the skeevy, this area has something for every taste, and your tour can even be tailored to meet your hopes for your night out on the town.

NYC: Prohibition Pub and History Tour

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Alcohol was illegal in the United States from 1920-33, but New Yorkers have never been known to follow the rules. New York City’s thriving drinking scene can be visited on The Prohibition Pub and History Tour. From underground bars to hidden liquor stashes, this tour teaches you all about New York City in the early 19th century. You will even be able to sample a drink from the Prohibition era to see just what people were breaking the law for.

THE RIDE NYC, 8th Avenue

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New York City is known for the bright lights of Times Square and the wondrous showmanship of Broadway. The Ride is an interactive experience which highlights all of the great performances which can be seen from the streets because all the city’s a stage. Their special tour buses include stadium-style seating so everyone gets a good view for all the entertainment from their comedic tour hosts. This tour gives a fresh view on the classic New York City highlights.

Harlem Gospel Tour

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Harlem Gospel Tour
Harlem is the place to go in NYC to experience gospel music | © Get Your Guide

Harlem gained notoriety during the aptly named Harlem Renaissance as its culture and music flourished, a legacy which holds true today. This Gospel Tour centers around church, treating you to the joyful tones of a New York gospel choir. On your way there, your guide will point out local favorites, like the Apollo Theatre and Saint John the Divine Cathedral to add some historic context to the experience.

These recommendations were updated on December 11, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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