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Scheduled Tours

Every month we schedule a selection of tours and post the schedule in our newsletter and on the website. Our scheduled tours are described on the Tours page of the website. To help you find the tours you would like, we have grouped them here by location and type.


Tours by Location

Lower Manhattan

  • Public Art of Lower Manhattan
  • Hidden Treasures of the Financial District
  • ​Greenwich Village: In the Footsteps of Writers
  • ​400 Years of History in Less Than One Mile
  • On This Corner: Wall Street 
  • On This Corner: Astor Place


Midtown Manhattan

  • Green Spaces and Great Places on 42nd Street
  • Wide Open Midtown Spaces: The East 50s
  • The Big Public Square on 42nd Street


Upper East Side (Manhattan)

  • Mansions of Fifth Avenue
  • Parks of the East 90s

Central Park

  • Central Park: Highlights of the Southern Half
  • Central Park: Marvels of the Northern Half
  • The Romantic Park


Upper Manhattan 

  • Lower Washington Heights
  • Fort Tryon Park 


Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Heights (and DUMBO)


Tours by Type 
History Tours

  • Public Art of Lower Manhattan 
  • Hidden Treasures of the Financial District
  • Mansions of Fifth Avenue
  • Lower Washington Heights
  • Fort Tryon Park 
  • Brooklyn Heights (and DUMBO)
  • Greenwich Village: In the Footsteps of Writers
  • ​400 Years of History in Less Than One Mile
  • On This Corner: Wall Street 
  • On This Corner: Astor Place


Art and Architecture Tours

  • Public Art of Lower Manhattan
  • Green Spaces and Great Places on 42nd Street
  • Wide Open Midtown Spaces: The East 50s
  • Mansions of Fifth Avenue
  • Brooklyn Heights (and DUMBO)
  • ​Greenwich Village: In the Footsteps of Writers
  • ​400 Years of History in Less Than One Mile


Park and Landscape Tours

  • Public Art of Lower Manhattan
  • Hidden Treasures of the Financial District
  • Green Spaces and Great Places on 42nd Street
  • Wide Open Midtown Spaces: The East 50s
  • Central Park: Highlights of the Southern Half
  • Central Park: Marvels of the Northern Half
  • Parks of the East 90s
  • The Romantic Park
  • Fort Tryon Park
  • ​The Big Public Square on 42nd Street


Scheduled tours are limited to 20 participants and are geared toward adults or older children. These tours usually cover 1-2 miles and last 2-2½ hours (exceptions are noted in the descriptions on the Tours page). You must register in advance for scheduled tours. After you sign up, the guide will inform you of the starting location. Be sure to provide contact information so that the guide may reach you in the unlikely event that the tour needs to be cancelled. If you are unable to come to the tour, please contact the guide as soon as possible.  

The price for most scheduled tours is $25 per person; exceptions are noted on the Tours page and in the newsletter. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the listed start time to check in and pay (cash or credit card).

Custom Tours
Take a Walk New York also offers custom tours. These are ideal in many circumstances:

  • You want to take a tour at a particular time or day, and nothing is scheduled then.
  • You want a tour that covers your special interests.
  • You have a group that would like to take a tour together.
  • You walk slowly, like to have planned rest stops, or require an accessible route.
  • You would like a half-day or full-day excursion with lunch or breaks.
  • You want to tour two or more areas that are too far to walk to but can be connected by public transportation. 
  • You would like your guide to meet you at your hotel or another public location. 
  • You want to give a unique gift to a lover of history, art, or all things New York.


Custom tours may be based on one or more of our scheduled tours (see list above and descriptions on the Tours page). They are priced by the tour, not per person. For the best experience, custom tours are limited to 20 or fewer people per guide (for groups larger than 20, we will provide additional guides). Prices are based on the length and complexity of the tour. Food and travel costs are not covered.

To book a custom tour or discuss options, please complete the form on the Home page or email us at takeawalknewyork@gmail.com. Be sure to tell us the time and date(s) you would like the tour, what you’d like to see, and any special needs or preferences. We’ll try to get back to you within 24 hours. Please contact us as far in advance as possible so we have plenty of time to prepare a tour you’ll never forget.

Laurie Lewis
About 20 years ago, Laurie Lewis was taking out-of-town relatives on a walk through Central Park. One visitor said to her, “You really know this park. You should become a tour guide.” That notion stuck with her, although she was too busy with her freelance medical editing and writing business to act on it until 2007. That’s when Laurie became a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy. Several years later she decided to expand her tours to the entire city when she was ready to “retire” from her 30-year freelance business. (Freelancers never actually retire, however, nor do writers, especially when they have award-winning books.) Laurie is now a licensed New York City sightseeing guide. She is like a park-seeking missile, including “pocket parks” and other green spaces on most of her tours. Take a walk with Laurie and discover how the fascinating history, great buildings, and lovely parks all combine to make New York such a fantastic city.

Alan Cohen
Alan Cohen is passionate about New York City. Diverse neighborhoods, the food, public art, architecture, and cultural institutions are sources of endless delight and fascination for this native of Brooklyn and Manhattan resident. Walk almost anywhere and there are layers of history in front of you, if you know how to see what's there. Alan, a former psychologist and college professor, has been exploring those layers most of his adult life. For fun, he started giving tours of his favorite places to friends. He became a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy and a licensed New York City sightseeing guide because he loves to share New York¹s beauty and its stories. Photo ops of New York iconic landmarks are fine. It's even more rewarding to know the stories behind them. Take a walk with Alan and learn why New York is the world’s most interesting city.

Deborah Harley
Deborah began her career as a print graphic designer before being diverted to what was then something brand new: the web. An early web designer and developer, she still works in the field. After moving to New York City in 2007, she made her home just a few blocks from Central Park and quickly became enthralled by both the city and the Park. As a result, she volunteered as a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy for seven years and became a licensed NYC tour guide in 2015. Deborah’s passion has always been history -- the stories of people and how their lives and events continue to affect us. New York is filled with those stories. Take a walk with Deborah and discover the hows and whys not only of New York, but of America as well. 

At Take a Walk New York, we are passionate about New York City and find it an endless source of fascination and excitement. We love uncovering layers of history hidden in plain sight and learning about villains, heroes, and everyday folk who have made this city great. We became licensed NYC sightseeing guides because we enjoy sharing the city’s stories with other people, both New Yorkers who have lived here most of their lives and visitors new to the city. We are thrilled when a native New Yorker tells us: “I’ve walked by here dozens of times, and I never noticed that. Thanks for opening my eyes.” 

Our tours are designed to be entertaining, educational, and interactive. We offer two types of tours, scheduled tours and custom tours. We believe that the best way to experience the history, neighborhoods, parks, and art of the city is by walking through its streets. Take a walk with us, and you’ll discover a New York you cannot see from a bus window or experience by reading a guidebook.​

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