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This is a group for people either new to New York City, or have called the city home for awhile and are interested in discovering new neighborhoods and learning more about the city's fascinating history, architecture and culture.  Most of our activities are professionally-guided walks of 3 - 5 miles within a NYC neighborhood that has distinct and unique qualities.  They usually last from 2 to 4 hours. We usually have an optional social hour afterwards for a meal and/or a beverage at a local restaurant.  During the summer months we usually combine a walk with a free outdoor concert, often in the evenings.  During the winter we'll have shorter outdoor walks coupled with a museum visit.

I also organize theme tours to add some spice and variety to honor holidays or famous New Yorkers. Afterwards there will usually be an optional socializing for a drink or a meal. Our events are usually free with a voluntary donation of a dollar or two.  When we have museum visits there will be a charge.

I started this group because I am a native New Yorker and have a successful dual career as a professional tour guide and real estate agent, now with the prestigious Corcoran Group. I love to introduce people to new neighborhoods and explore their past, present and future and also welcome the opportunity to learn from others. With the fast-pace of life here it is easy to overlook the hidden treasures and iconic buildings that we pass by every day. I  love Harlem (where I spent my formative years) due its many different areas, amazing history and beautiful architecture. Other favorites include the West Village, Lower Manhattan (where the City's history began), Flatiron/Gramercy, Upper West Side, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill,the East Village and Washington Heights. 

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  • Hank Orenstein founded Exploring NYC History and Neighborhoods

    on March 20

Founded Mar 20, 2013

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