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New York And How It Got That Way - Guided Tour

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New York and How It Got That Way:
Visionaries, Dreamers and Schemers and How They Shaped the Look and Outlook of Manhattan
An eye opening, provocative tour that will have participants
• Cheering the Dutch for inspiring our true foundations
• Boo-ing the English for treating New York as an ATM machine
• Re-evaluating Thomas Jefferson
• Thanking Alexander Hamilton for the city's skyscrapers
• Celebrating forgotten heroes who saved New York from disaster
The Guides: Passionate about New York and its often improbable history
The Do-Good: A portion of each booking will be donated to Graham Windham, a children’s service organization created in 1806 by Alexander Hamilton’s widow, Elizabeth Schuyler-Hamilton, and friends
The Route: Battery Park ➤ Wall Street ➤ SoHo ➤ Washington Square Park ➤ Grand Central Terminal ➤ Carnegie Hall ➤ Central Park ➤ Lincoln Center
Transportation: a Luxury coach with some easy walking
Who should take this tour?
• Veteran New Yorkers
• Newly minted New Yorkers
• Tourists who want to know more than just the height of the Empire State Building (A before-you-go primer takes care of such essentials)
• Corporations looking for a way to inspire employees with tales of persistence and grit that got New York to where it is today
• Students, to encourage them to never give up their big ideas.
• Teachers, to encourage students to think big
• Or anyone looking for some surprising history or salacious gossip to share at the next dinner party.
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Reviewed May 23, 2019

Ina Selden, the founder of Manhattan Passports, designed, arranged and led a tour of New York City on Mother's Day, specifically tailored to appeal to mothers, their children, and the mothers' mothers; appropriate for children and grandmothers alike. Given the occasion, she emphasized the role...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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inas702, Owner at MANHATTAN PASSPORT, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review. It perfectly captures the spirit of the tour. Our mission, and it is a mission, is to introduce forgotten visionaries, dreamers and schemers who helped New York become the city it is today.

Reviewed May 19, 2019

I learned a lot about New York and how such amazing people knew how NY would look today. My favorite person to learn was the man who was making sidewalks and put metal poles to vision where the sidewalks would be and how people would...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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inas702, Owner at MANHATTAN PASSPORT, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2019

Thanks for your review, our first from a 12-year-old! Your favorite person on the tour was John Randel, Jr. In 1808, when he was only 20, he was handed the now famous grid plan for Manhattan and told to "Just do it." And he did...More

Reviewed May 15, 2019

A perfect mix of history and anecdotes comfortably combined with a well-appointed small coach and walking. Would be perfect for a visitor or New Yorker interested in a deeper understanding of how the Dutch shaped New York. Amazing that what happened 300 years ago shaped...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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inas702, Owner at MANHATTAN PASSPORT, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2019

Many thanks for your review. Yes, the Dutch set New York's DNA. They imbued us with their can-do spirit, their respect for individual rights and the rule of law. Before New Amsterdam became New York women enjoyed amazing rights. Too bad the Dutch couldn't stick...More

Reviewed January 23, 2019

Theme and execution make this an outstanding tour of Manhattan. A sequence of critical moments from the city’s becoming – expectations, controversies, and results – are selected. Some of the “shapers” are not well known, and/or shown from a novel and interesting angle. Remarkably, the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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inas702, Owner at MANHATTAN PASSPORT, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2019

We love reviews like this. Our tour is meant to shake things up, and give credit where credit is long overdue to many unsung heroes who shaped the city, literally and figuratively.

Reviewed January 16, 2019

I am a licensed New York City tour guide and I learned many new things about New Amsterdamers from the Dutch days, New Yorkers from the English days and New Yorkers from the post-American-Revolution days ---- and how these famous people - and people I've...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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