New York City walking tours provide a unique entertaining and educational site-seeing perspective on the Big Apple. New York Talks and Walks are led by Dr. Philip E. Schoenberg and his entourage of NYC experts. Offering over 100 different tours, Dr. Phil and his NYC experts also customize their New York City walking tours to suit the needs of your family, group, association, or special occasion.
"Dr. Phil," professional speaker and licensed NYC Tour Guide, is a long-time resident and a leading expert on the Big Apple. Dr. Phil received his Ph.D. in history from New York University. He has taught classes on New York City history and organized field trips and walking tours for over a decade.
Dr. Phil reveals the inner character of the city as only a true New Yorker can; he intrigues both the imagination and the intellect through his special skill in entertaining and informing people about the Big Apple from its real life stories and folk tales
||Did you know that Santa Claus is a New Yorker? Santa first came to New York in 1625; the Dutch brought their Christmas traditions, including the venerable St. Nicholas, to New Amsterdam when they founded the settlement at the tip of Manhattan Island. Over the centuries, New York cartoonists and writers would add to the image of Santa that we know today; in fact, Madison Avenue advertisers for CocaCola turned Santa's suit red!
||Who is buried in Grant's Tomb? General Grant National Memorial, popularly known as Grant's tomb, is located near the intersection of Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street. The site was donated by a former mayor of New York City. John Duncan, the architect, designed the memorial to be "a Monumental [sic] Tomb, no matter from what point of view it may be seen."
Join NYC Walks and Talks on a sightseeing tour that best fits your interests:
Child-Friendly Rambles: Adventurous young explorers can explore a Buddhist temple in Chinatown, visit a matzoh factory in the Jewish Lower East Side, or hear haunting good tales about the oldest, newest, and most popular ghosts of New York City. Little history buffs can discover the home of Daniel Beard Carter, the founder of the Boy Scouts of America, and visit the meeting site for Boy Scout Troop No. 1.
Commercial New York: Celebrate the birthday of J. P. Morgan with a walk through the financial district, or delight in the Christmas Lights of New York with a stroll from F.A.O. Schwartz to the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Learn about the history of Times Square, the South Street Sea Port, or 42nd Street, or take a tour of Museum Mile.
Early New York: Did the Dutch really buy Manhattan Island for $64 from the Indians? Discover the American Indian and Dutch roots of New York City on a historical tour of the city.
Engineering New York: Ring in the New Year with an Empire State Building light show and the popular "Brooklyn Bridge walk" into the New Year, and learn how the Roebling family built one of the great marvels of the nineteenth century. Visit the Flat Iron Building, one of the first skyscrapers to use a steel frame, or join the Mass Transit Tour and discover the secret subway built by Ely Beach next to City Hall.
Ethnic New York: Among our most popular tours are The Jewish Lower East Side and Jewish Harlem. You can also join the African Burial Ground and Black Heritage Tour, visit Ellis Island and Castle Clinton Immigrant Landing, explore Chinatown, little Italy, German, Italian, Hispanic, and Spanish neighborhoods, or explore Bill Clinton's office in Harlem.
Jewish New York: We conduct tours ranging from Jewish Lower East Side Talk and Walk, Jewish America: Birthplace of American Jewish Life in Downtown New York, Emma Lazarus Country: The Jewish Heritage of Washington Square and Greenwich Village, When Harlem was Yiddish, The Jewish Gangster Talk and Walk and The Molly Picon Yiddish Theatrical Memorial Tour.
Haunted and Mysterious New York: See if you can spot Peter Stuyvesant and his ghostly friends such as Edgar Allan Poe and the Astor Library ghost in Greenwich Village and East Village.
The above is only a taste of the tours that we offer. . . we also offer tours of Literary New York, Parks, Patriotic New York, Political New York, Reform New York, Twilight Walks, and Uptown.
Please visit our list of New York City Walking Tours to learn about even more possibilities!