First Time New York
Just arrived in the most beautiful city in the world? Then this tour is for you! The guide will take you to all the hot spots in Manhattan from Times Square to Grand Central Station. Rendez vous at Times Square with its overwhelmingly flashy billboards. Frank Sinatra once performed here for his first time, somewhat restless and uncertain. By far the busiest intersection in New York ... lies here too, deep underground: the New York Subway. Nearly 60 million travelers pass here each year. Bryant Park, New York's most charming park, is nearby as is the impressive library (one of the favourite spots of Carrie from Sex and The City).
Gaze up and discover the impressive Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the stunning UN-building. And discover a handy trick how to orientate easily in the Big Apple. The tour ends at Grand Central Station, where the guide will introduce you to some enchanting corners and compelling anecdotes.
Tour made in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide
Brooklyn & Downtown
We meet in Williamsburg, Brooklyn's hippest neighborhood, the place to be for hipster spot from all four corners of the world, for shopaholics, hedonists and by extension anyone who loves to feel bewildered by views. This is time to leave the dizzying skyscrapers behind for now and get to know Brooklyn better. This colourful neighborhood is home to stunningly renovated warehouses, trendy as you will see, and we will take you to the nicest eco-bio shops and vintage stores. Next you can marvel at breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline from the brand new Domino Park - a great place to take selfies that will make your Facebook and Instagram friends green with envy. Then we swap our vintage cowboy boots for a 3-piece suit as the ferry takes us across the East River to the yuppies of Wall Street. New York indeed has many facets and this tour shows you the best. From hipster to Yuppie in no time, you can do it all here.
This tour is possible in both directions on different days of the week: Friday tours depart from downtown Manhattan, to see the yuppies first before spend or drown their financial profits or losses at the local hipster bars of Brooklyn ;-).
Tuesdays at 2 pm - in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide
Welcome to the industrial chic of the West Side. On this retail safari you will discover - in addition to a few gems of experience stores - how a once gray and smoke-free district has turned into the absolute favourite spot of millionaires and top models. In the meantime, the old slaughterhouses mainly contain top works by renowned painters and priceless creations by exclusive designers. You take the stairs to the High Line, the second most famous park in Manhattan. This elevated railway line - which was rescued from total demolition - is now a trail walk where showpieces of the best-known architects follow each other in rapid succession. We leave the park at the height of Chelsea art mecca and end up in the most expensive real estate project in the history of the United States: Hudson Yards. This district is brand new and serves a tasteful mix of dizzying skyscrapers, popular eateries and an amazing art project in the form of a giant kebab. Enter the shopping center at your own risk and know your credit card may suffer from swipe-fatigue. Ready, set? Go!
Monday at 2 pm. - Dutch-speaking guide
Central Park, Manhattan's extensive green lungs, is home to a multitude of gems and unfamiliar sites. Have you heard of the Belvedere Castle? The reservoir Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or the Bethesda Fountain? What if we told you we'll take you there!
Uphill, downhill, wind in your hair, you feel 'King of the World'. This is the car-free part of Manhattan, abundant with floral splendor and shaded by tall trees. The ideal spot to unwind while the guide brings the scenery to life with mind-boggling facts and juicy anecdotes.
Every Sunday at 15h (except in December, January & February) in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide - bike rental included
SOHO, Little Italy, China Town
New York has many guises even to returning travellers or NY addicts. Visiting Empire State, lady Liberty and Ground Zero are must for all but have you shopped on Broadway? Explored Chinatown? Do you know where the first US pizza was made, why are fire escape ladders on the facades are so typical of SoHo and where the Chinese prefer to place their bets? We take you along to the most beautiful cast iron buildings and to bustling Canal Street. You will discover how and where people shop and what are the latest food trends, unveil hidden restaurants and a store entirely dedicated to rice pudding...even a courtroom where you will feel like a true gangsters. Interested?
Get ready for completely different cultures, cuisines, architectural styles and shops in SoHo, NoLita, Little Italy and Chinatown. In short, Diversity is regarded as the driving force and binding factor. It beautifies and enriches New York. Curious? Make sure you book a visit.
Thursdays at 4 pm - in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide
Brooklyn & Downtown
During this tour you will realize New York has many guises.
You start your exploration in the financial beehive better known as Wall Street and work your way to Brooklyn by means of a ferry ride ( sailing underneath Brooklyn Bridge is an adventurous added value). Williamsburg offers magnificent views of the skyline of Manhattan. It is clear that Brooklyn's trendiest neighbourhood is the place to be for hipsters, shopaholics, hedonist, and by extension, anyone who roams here for the pleasure of the eye. This is the perfect place to connect with Brooklyn and emerge from underneath the shade of dazzling skyscrapers. Mast Brothers excels in chocolates and is definitely a must among chocoholics! Brooklyn Sketchbook, a traveling exhibition of books full of authentic illustrations of ordinary people, is home to this area.
Fridays at 2 pm - in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide
We leave Times Square and in no time we find ourselves in the heart of Harlem. Formerly one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of the city, the place knows a real boom today. On our way, we meet the glittering jazz and culinary specialties that permeate the soul culture as well as a cultural and architectural richness that will leave you speechless.
Be it music, human rights, religion or gastronomy, Harlem has left its mark on all aspects of society. Not only in New York but throughout the world. This is sacred ground for the black community and the cultural heritage is invaluable.It is rightly sacred ground for the black community and an invaluable cultural heritage. Did you hear the alleluia sound? You will experience the Afro-American soul during the gospel in one of the hundreds of churches that Harlem is rich. Dance along, sing along, jump on divine rhythms. It is easy to take Holy Harlem to heart!
Sundays at 9 am - in the company of your Dutch or French speaking BENY guide
A day’s outing through Uptown Manhattan.
Bet you, never before, your Sundays have climbed to this level of fun! The BE NY team will take you all day long to the most delightful highlights of Uptown Manhattan. In the morning, you shake, shake, shake to the rhythm of gospel sounds at the evangelical church and explore the centre of Harlem, the undisputed capital of Black USA, heart-warmed by the enthusiasm and passion that reigns here. A choice of several branch restaurants are your pick for an optional lunch. At the rhythm of Uptown Funk, we head to the green lung of Manhattan for our bike ride. Uphill, downhill, we explore places unfamiliar to even New Yorkers. The magic of Belvedere Castle, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and the Bethesda Fountain with magnificent views of the city's most beautiful and oldest skyscrapers. An unforgettable day with the best BE NY city guides.
Sundays – 9am to 5pm - in the company of Dutch or Frenchspeaking BENY guide