We researched Tripadvisor for some ideas for our 2nd week long trip to NYC. RNYT got high ratings so we booked them for our first full day. We told the owner we were more into pop culture than history (hey, we're just being honest here). At 10 Sunday morning, Jeanette met us in our hotel lobby and off we went. She took us to Central Park where she pointed out statues, landmarks, and other things we'd have missed. She knew everything from the history of John Lennon/Strawberry Fields to the nest of Pale Male, a local hawk/attraction. We toured CP ourselves last trip and it was ok - it was way more interesting with all the insights. We then hit Little Italy/Chinatown/SoHo. Again, lots of local color story that appealed to our teens/college kids. She even gave us a little Ghost Hunters sideline tour. Again, we'd done this but it was totally different with her perspectives. We had lunch in "the Village" at a well known pizza place for real NY pizza. Again, so many interesting stories and sights. We stopped at a former home of Washington Irving and she told us stories while a lady swept the sidewalk. The woman then chimed it that she so enjoyed hearing the RNYCT stories. Turns out she owns the house now. We then moved on to the World Trade Center area. She was so passionate about sharing the history that she let the tour run over almost an hour (to almost 7 hours) so she could share the real NY stories.
I was a little concerned we'd get bored or it'd be too historical too appeal to all of us - but every one of us from age 13 to 50+ will say this is one of the top things we did all week.
BTW - Since there were 5 of us, we were our own group. That was super nice as it was all just geared to what we wanted to see and do.
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