Beyond Times Square August 2017

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NEW YORK ON FOOT

THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE TO WALKING IN THE CITY

Here at Beyond Times Square, we offer a number of different walking tours focused on

There are a lot of stereotypes about New Yorkers. While I’m not going to give any space to the negative ones, there is one stereotype about us that I agree with wholeheartedly: We are walkers. People in the city probably take more steps per day than anywhere else in the country. Walking is how we get around. We don’t even think of it as exercise; it’s just what we do every day. It’s an integral part of our lifestyle. Even those with cars walk, because once you get that great parking space, who wants to move the car?

different areas of the city, from Greenwich Village to SoHo to Chinatown and more. Whether you’re interested in history, art, food, or architecture, there’s an experience

If you walk half a mile in a rural area, you’re

probably not going to experience much landscape variation. I’m not saying it can’t be beautiful, but walking in the city is another

perfect for you. The bones of the tours are pretty consistent, but each experience is unique. Honestly, there are some city blocks that would take more than a day to fully explore, but these tours offer the deepest New York City experience you can find without moving here. For those folks who prefer riding to walking, we have the most widely used subway system in the country. It runs 24 hours and stops all over the city. Few New York experiences are more authentic than straphanging as you travel from one neighborhood to another. The stations can get pretty hot in the summer, but the trains are mercifully air-conditioned. How many places can you travel to without ever having to rent a car? Oh, and we haven’t even had time to talk about how much fun it is to bike the city! I’ll remember to discuss that soon. – Eric

beast entirely. The sensory overload is exhilarating. You’re

bombarded by historic buildings, the smell of delicious food, and the sounds of a thousand cultures coming together at once. As I can personally attest to, it’s hard not to zigzag across the block as sites continually spark your interest, whether it’s your first time or you’ve lived here for years. If you do want to explore on foot, there’s no better way to do it than with a local guide. Some of the coolest attractions in New York go out of their way to remain covert (this isn’t LA after all), and a guide can tip you off to places you may not have discovered otherwise. It’s maybe the easiest way to bypass the typical tourist experience.

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