As this was my first time in the great city of New York I was rather pessimistic. I thought the city would a dog eat dog world if you took even ten steps out of the tourist zones, not to mention the arrogant New Yorkers! Well how wrong was I!
Like many others I still had the image of New York in the 19070’s and 80’s. A rough, gang ruled area. Well how wrong I would be, and thanks to Trey at the Real New Yorker Tours I got to see parts of the city I wouldn’t of even dared go!
Day one, we landed and arrived at the hotel, completely dazzled by the city and its atmosphere. A massive city that is awaited to be explored, just one problem. We don’t have a clue where we are, or how to get about. We were slap bang in the middle, a good walk Downtown and a good walk uptown. So how do we get about? Subway? I wouldn’t dare. Dirty, dangerous, confusing. All words I had in mind when I though of the New York subway. Well I was wrong, again.
We had booked the tour for our first full day in the city. This proved to be an excellent plan as Trey took us on the subway, something I was rather scared to do, and showed us that New York really is not this dog eat dog city, but in fact is incredibly friendly and easy to navigate.
Despite the fact that on this day the heavens had opened and it was absolutely pounding down with rain we still went ahead with the tour, but before hand we called Real New York Tours and asked if it was still on, Yes. But we asked if it would be possible for us to do the three hour tour rather than the six. That was no problem. So when Trey arrived at our hotel we explained and then set off for the subway to Greenwich.
Three hours into the tour we found our selves standing outside Ground Zero, the Twin Towers memorial. Trey then told us that the tour would end here, however we asked if we could continue and do the next three hours and do the six hour tour as we had enjoyed the tour so much!
We finished up in Times Square at four o’clock and Trey was more than happy to assist us with any questions we had. He even gave us his cell number should we become lost in the Big Apple! Well, we never did thanks to Trey showing us how the Subway system works!
In full I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend this tour to anyone. And if you are yet to book up for New York but are hesitant thinking its a big city you may get lost, or mugged then think again. After the tour I felt incredibly safe walking though any street in New York, day or night. And the people of New York are the most helpful you will meet. The few times we did pull out the map and work out directions we ended up being assisted by not one but even two! New Yorkers! Try that in London!
One thing I would recommend about the tour though. Book in advance! Spaces are limited so book before someone else does! This is a tour no one should miss out on.
I could type on forever praising the tour however I shall stop here. Read some other reviews they are ALL true!
And visit Luke’s You Tube page. Some helpful videos there, form a man who is very passionate about his city.