Skipping the Statue of Liberty: A Savvy Tourist's Guide to the Real New York City
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Headed to New York this summer? Whether it’s your first visit or your 21st, you’ll get a real feel for the Big Apple if you skip the typical tourist traps. Find the best rare bookstores, get up close and personal with the Metropolitan Museum of Art – you can even hip-hop your way through the Bronx with a music legend. Don’t know where to start? Try these suggestions.
The Better Book Getter
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Love bookstores? Richard Chalfin, a fourth-generation bookseller, knows all the best spots to find rare and used books to add to your collection. He’ll give you a personal tour of the top holes-in-the-wall, plus offer advice about what to buy and tell you about the history of New York book selling. To book (pun intended), email Chalfin a few weeks ahead of time and tell him your favorite literary genre. Once you’re pounding the streets with him, ask for his advice about where to shop and what to buy. Cost: $75 per book loving participant.
Grandmaster Caz and Hip-Hop Tour
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Break out of your Manhattan comfort zone and join rap legend Grandmaster Caz and other celebrity guides on a luxury coach from midtown to the Bronx. You’ll learn about how and where hip-hop began all while listening to live music. The tour will show you music video locations, the Graffiti Wall of Fame, and more – plus you can score autographs from your celebrity guides. The Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tour lasts four hours and costs $75/person, including transportation and entertainment.