• Now Post-Hallowe'en Fave: Spooks, Scandals, & Scoundrels of Greenwich Village!
    Between the leg injury and my moving to another apartment, we've missed a lot of time! But since my move will be complete at the beginning of next week, I can finally schedule our most beloved tour, the Spooks, Scandals, and Scoundrels tour! Join us on this light-hearted tour that highlights stories of Village hauntings and scandals involving prominent New Yorkers over the past two centuries. Find out about the surprising ghosts that haunt Greenwich Village, plus dastardly acts associated with the jaunty Jimmy Walker, libidinous Stanford White, and infamous Aaron Burr and his duel with the ill-fated Alexander Hamilton. And what supernaturally-inclined tour could fail to include a nod to the macabre Edgar Allan Poe? PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY ABOUT WHERE TO MEET Where to meet: Meet outside the restaurant named "North Square" at 103 Waverly Place. Take the R to "8 Street" or A,C,E, B, D, F to "West 4 Street".Check MTA Weekender for any updates before heading out: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html When to meet: 4:45 for a 5pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Spooks, Scandals, and Scoundrels" Fee: $20 cash, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age; exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins. Sorry, please do not bring dogs or minor children age 17 or below on the tours. The tour will be approximately 2.5 hours long. For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella. While Friendly Native tours usually do take place on the date and at the time they are scheduled, on occasion they will be postponed in cases of high temperatures or high probability of rain, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event. The nearest restrooms to this location are the restaurants on 8th Street, like Au Bon Pain and Chipotle; and the Starbuck's near the corner of Waverly Place and 6th Avenue. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

    outside North Square Restaurant

    103 Waverly Place · New York, NY

    $20.00
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  • POSTPONED: The IRISH of Old New York!
    This event was canceled.
  • NEW DATE! GILDED FIFTH AVENUE
    Let's try it again! “The Gilded Age”: Mark Twain coined the term for the era of newly minted millionaires created by the Civil War. Join us on our hunt for the last vestiges of this age of railroad tycoons, costume balls, and conspicuous consumption during the years[masked], when huge fortunes were spent lavishly on the Queen of Avenues. More than most of our tours, this one focuses on memorable women: notorious Madame Restell; society suffragist Alva Belmont; “Dollar Princess” Consuelo Vanderbilt, mistress-turned-art-collector Arabella Huntington, and shrewd Mary Mason Jones, the pioneering builder that anticipated the amazing growth of Fifth Avenue with only“Dagger John” Hughes preceding her, in his vision of a brand-new Gothic cathedral to give all the wealthy Protestant churches in New York a run for their money. Learn how Roosevelts and Rockefellers, orphans and art smugglers all made their mark in this most envied location of a gilded and gossip-laden bygone era. Where to meet: in the courtyard of the New York Palace Hotel, at 455 Madison Avenue, between 50 and 51 streets, directly in back of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Take the 6 train to "51 Street" or E to "5 Avenue/53 Street". Check MTA Weekender for any updates before heading out: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html When to meet: 4:45 pm for a 5 pm start. I will be holding a sign that says "Gilded Fifth Avenue". Fee: $20 cash, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age; exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins. Sorry, please do not bring dogs or minor children age 17 or below on the tours. No audio taping or video taping allowed. The tour will be approximately 2.5 hours long. For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella. While Friendly Native tours usually do take place on the date and at the time they are scheduled, on occasion they will be postponed in cases of high temperatures or high probability of rain, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event. The nearest restrooms to this location are inside the New York Palace Hotel. Enter from Madison Avenue, and take the staircase on the left. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

    The courtyard of the New York Palace Hotel

    455 Madison Avenue, between 50 and 51 streets · New York, NY

    $20.00
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  • AARON BURR'S OWN TOUR!
    Two hundred and fifty years ago, Abraham Mortier built a phenomenal house in the area landmarked today as the Charlton-King-VanDam Historic District, and named it Richmond Hill. The list of famous people who lived there after Mortier is astounding: General George Washington, Vice President John Adams, and most significantly, Aaron Burr, who coveted the beautiful Richmond Hill and then ironically helped to destroy it. Join us as we learn how the great estate was eventually carved up, first into private townhouses and then tenements. We'll hear stories also about desecrated churches, spunky old saloons, and fearful river pirates, as well as immigrants whose journeys to America took them onto the Titanic and into the Triangle Factory. Woven into this tapestry is the tale of the enigmatic Aaron Burr who still confounds categorization: arch villain of the early Republic or victim of a vicious smear campaign that compelled him to kill his rival Alexander Hamilton? Cap off our walk with the detailed retelling of the infamous duel and decide for yourself. Where to meet: On the NW corner of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street, directly in front of the former Benjamin Moore Paint Store currently under renovation. When to meet: 4:45 pm for a 5 pm start. I will be holding a sign that says "Aaron Burr's Own Tour". Train: Take the C, E trains to "Spring Street". Check MTA Weekender for any updates before heading out: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html Fee: $20 cash, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age; exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins. Sorry, please do not bring dogs or minor children age 17 or below on the tours. No audio taping or video taping allowed. The tour will be approximately 2.5 hours long. For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella. While Friendly Native tours usually do take place on the date and at the time they are scheduled, on occasion they will be postponed in cases of high temperatures or high probability of rain, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event. The nearest restrooms to this location are on the lower level of the Trump SoHo, located down the block on the corner of Spring and Varick streets. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

    NW corner of Sixth Avenue and Spring Street

    outside 221 Spring Street · New York, NY

    $20.00
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  • Cancelled Due To Rain: The IRISH of Old New York!
    Cancelled due to rain storms. There’s no doubt that the Irish have made a big green impact on New York City, but contrary to popular belief, some of the children of Erin got here long before the Potato Famine of the 1840s. Visit the still-standing Marble Palace of pioneering retail entrepreneur AT Stewart, and the monuments of exiled Irish patriots Emmet and MacNeven, who channeled their thwarted energies into their new country. Hear stories too of tempestuous Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes, the famine that spurred massive emigration to New York, the Irish contribution to the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, the terrible Draft Riots (still the worst rioting New York City has ever known), and the infamous Five Points slum, which shocked even Oliver Twist author Charles Dickens. Where to meet: Meet outside St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street. When to meet: 4:45pm for a 5 pm start. I will be holding a sign that reads, "Irish of Old New York". Train: Take the A,C to "Broadway/ Nassau"; 2,3,4,5,J,M,Z to "Fulton Street". Check MTA Weekender for any updates before heading out: http://web.mta.info/weekender.html Fee: $20 cash, $15 for seniors 65 + with proof of age; exact change appreciated! Please bring bills, not coins. Sorry, please do not bring dogs or minor children age 17 or below on the tours. No audio taping or video taping allowed. The tour will be approximately 2.5 hours long. For sunny days, be sure to bring a hat and a bottle of water. Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella. While Friendly Native tours usually do take place on the date and at the time they are scheduled, on occasion they will be postponed in cases of high temperatures or high probability of rain, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event. The nearest restrooms to this location are inside St. Paul's Chapel itself, all the way to the back. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

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    in front of St. Paul's Chapel

    Broadway & Fulton St · New York, NY

    $20.00
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  • SPECIAL TIME: When New York Held Slaves
    This event was canceled.