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New York Like A Native

Brooklyn, NY, USA
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About New York Like A Native
Lively, wide-ranging walking (& vehicle) tours of numerous Brooklyn neighborhoods (plus the Lower East Side in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens), touching on culture, history, architecture, landscape, and urban planning. Personal service. Veteran guide offering tours since 2000. Brooklyn overviews and custom tours also available.
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Lauri B wrote a review Aug 2021
New York City, New York17 contributions34 helpful votes
Our group loved our Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO tour! Norman was so responsive to our group's needs and gave us a really interesting and informative tour. I lived in Brooklyn Heights for a few years and still learned so much from our two hour tour! He adjusted the tour as we needed because it was a really hot day and he kept things moving and interesting without an overload of information that some tour guides do. I highly recommend Norman for a fun and different Brooklyn tour!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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sydney70 wrote a review Oct 2019
Sydney61 contributions64 helpful votes
We had an excellent half day tour in Brooklyn with Norman. He is very knowledgeable and informative. Attention to detail was impressive. Norman gave us precise details of how to get to the meeting point by subway from our hotel . Communication prior to tour was efficient and even post tour Norman gave us links to sites related to the tour , for more information. His enthusiasm for the tour showed his love of Brooklyn and it was a pleasure to be with a local and a professional guide. We also appreciated his maps and photos. We enjoyed our tour very much and have no hesitation in recommending Norman .
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native
Responded Oct 25, 2019
Thanks so much--Brooklyn can be complicated, so I always aim to deliver the level of detail and context that I would want as a visitor myself! Norman Oder New York Like A Native
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Global36408 wrote a review Apr 2019
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I brought my 15 year old grandson to NYC for a week because he wanted to experience the culture of ethnic neighborhoods. We spent the first day with Norman, who had tailored his information and walking route to our specific needs. We walked 5 neighborhoods, all unique. I can’t say enough about how great he was. A native and student of Brooklyn and NYC, he was able to point out and explain things we never would have discovered on our own. It was a master class. He puts a Lot of thought and care into his work, and he obviously loves his native City. We connected with him for another half day later in the week, and throughout the entire week he was sending us tips and ideas that were incredibly helpful. My highest recommendation. culture of ethnic neighborhoods. We spent the first day with Norman, who had tailored his information and walking route to our specific needs. We walked 5 neighborhoods, all unique. I can’t say enough about how great he was. A native and student of Brooklyn and NYC, he was able to point out and explain things we never would have discovered on our own. It was a master class. He puts a Lot of thought and care into his work, and he obviously loves his native City. We connected with him for another half day later in the week, and throughout the entire week he was sending us tips and ideas that were incredibly helpful. My highest recommendation. culture of ethnic neighborhoods. We spent the first day with Norman, who had tailored his information and walking route to our specific needs. We walked 5 neighborhoods, all unique. I can’t say enough about how great he was. A native and student of Brooklyn and NYC, he was able to point out and explain things we never would have discovered on our own. It was a master class. He puts a Lot of thought and care into his work, and he obviously loves his native City. We connected with him for another half day later in the week, and throughout the entire week he was sending us tips and ideas that were incredibly helpful. My highest recommendation.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Brad F wrote a review Jan 2019
Gastonia, North Carolina183 contributions78 helpful votes
My wife and I had the pleasure of spending 3 1/2 hours with NY Like A Native Tours owner, Norman. From our first contact via the website, Norman was beyond helpful. He offered us so much information on things to see and do in Brooklyn even before we met! He is a journalist by trade, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the city and its history. We enjoy walking, so this is all walking with some subway rides as needed. Norman took special care to inquire our interests and goals prior to the trip. Our tour was fantastic, finding places like Park Slope neighborhood (a real gem), and other great sites. He crafted our tour on what we wanted to learn. This is not a “canned” trip. I can’t say enough of the level of professionalism from Norman. We’ve done dozens of private tours, and this one was the best. Be sure to check out a Norman for your Brooklyn tours. Thank you Norman!!
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Date of experience: January 2019
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BillyTeddy wrote a review Sep 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri474 contributions117 helpful votes
So, especially for our foreign visitors; If you don't want a real Brooklyn tour by a REAL New Yorker, then get on a Circle Line tour. Otherwise, book Norman for a historical introspective on Brooklyn. Fast talking? yes. Factual? Yes. Opinionated? As any New Yorker is and in a good way of course. Fast walking? Yes, Brooklyn is HUGE and SOOO much to take in. Norman was punctual and like "Hamilton," non-stop energy. My wife and I ( 58 ) loved the 6 hours of landmark, after park, after understanding the historical demarkations from one neighborhood to the next as we walked, talked, Uber'd, Taxi'd, bused our way with Norman. Part journalist and now mostly tour guide ( who pays writers anyway ? ) his grasp of local politics, real estate and commercial issues was impressive. He was cognizant of our needs to stop, take a break and go at a pace we needed. Although he is keen to your needs he is also "pushy" to make sure you get what you pay for; facts and coverage. Brooklyn in one day? "Forgetaboutit." Let him help you design the day. As most visitors make the mistake in staying in Manhattan, he will guide you to the the best initial meeting spot, design the time around your requirements and interests. Take time to detail out what it is you are interested in and he will work through an itinerary and adjust on the fly as needed. Just wear comfy shoes. listen fast and know; Brooklyn is New York:-)
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Responded Sep 9, 2018
Thanks so much for the review--I aim to be the Brooklyn tour guide who can customize the route and make it work for the specific visitor. We had a lot of great experiences that day, but so much more to see! Norman Oder New York Like A Native
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