What we're about

This Meetup group is not affiliated with any organization. It is designed for people who are fit and in reasonably good shape and who want to get some exercise and learn more about New York City. New York City Hiking Tours is “more walk and less talk. The hikes and walks vary in length from 4-10 miles and can last anywhere from 2-6 hours or so. These events are fairly fast paced although I will stop on occasion a number of times to talk very briefly about what we see. We cover a lot of ground at a reasonably steady pace and the goal is to see as much of a specific area in New York City as possible. It is my hope that on each and every hiking tour you will not only experience something that will give you a sense of wonder and excitement but you will enjoy yourself as well.

I plan on visiting and exploring many different areas in New York City. For example, I really enjoy exploring Central Park (I have guidebooks from the 1860’s), the lower Manhattan Waterfront, Riverside Park, Prospect Park, Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Chelsea and the Meat Packing District where I am familiar with a number of art galleries there, Roosevelt Island, Governors Island, City Island, Long Island City etc. etc. I tend to focus on certain areas and know some of these areas better than others.

I make it a point to insure that the hikes and walks I lead are a lot of fun. BUT and this is a big BUT, I take the RSVP process very seriously and expect that any participant should do the same. I will often limit registration to keep the group size manageable and I do not like to keep a “Wait List” for a lengthy period of time. I want you to be able to plan your day in advance and I want to be able to plan the event as well. If you RSVP for an event and are a “No Show” and you do not have a good reason for not showing up, I am going to simply delete you from the group. If you make it a habit of withdrawing your RSVP shortly before an event begins, I am also going to delete you from the group. Meeting Details will only be provided to those who RSVP and will not be publicized on the website. I’m just asking that people be considerate to me and the others in the Group and that every one act responsibly.

As an Organizer I have to pay Meetup a relatively small fee each month. I spend much time and effort preparing for an event and I am a Iicensed NYC tour guide with many years of experience leading tours around NYC. I am going to request that anyone who attends an event make a monetary contribution but the amount of that donation is entirely up to you. You can contribute whatever you want either at the beginning or the end of an event or thru the website by clicking the green "Chip In" button to the left of the Home page if you plan on attending several events each year.

ABOUT ME

I’ve been a licensed NYC sightseeing guide for more than 10 years. I have led professional tours in different parts of New York City for tourists from all over the world, camp kids, locals who want to learn more about the City, college and alumni groups and even a fairly large group of Danish architects (coincidentally, I once lived in Copenhagen while I was in college). I have also led tours for Open House New York and the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC). At one time, I have been a volunteer hike leader for probably the premier hiking club in the Northeast where I have led tours in the woods upstate and in New York City for 15 years.

In July 2018, a book I wrote called You Gotta Have Heart was published. It's a coming of age story about an orphaned boy growing up in New York City. Some of the most memorable scenes of the book take place in areas of New York City that we tour.

Healthy living is very important to me. I spend a lot of time exploring NYC, read a lot, enjoy listening to music and watching movies and I have extensive training in the martial arts and even train to this day – although I have to admit I’m getting my butt kicked in an awful lot learning new disciplines. But-it’s all fun.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY

Your participation in any activities of New York City Hiking Tours is your acknowledgement that you are solely responsible for your own assessment of your abilities and your physical fitness to participate in that activity.

Walkers and Hikers must be physically fit. There are always inherent risks that can cause or lead to injury, property damage, illness, emotional trauma, disability or death to participants or others when participating in an activity. Some, but not all of these risks include: hazardous and unpredictable ground, water or weather conditions, traffic conditions, misjudgments made by the leader or a participant, the potential that the participant or others may act carelessly or recklessly, etc. etc. New York City Hiking Tours cannot assure a participant’s safety or eliminate any of these risks. The participant is voluntarily participating in any activity conducted by New York City Hiking Tours with knowledge of these risks and therefore the participant must accept full responsibility for the inherent and other risks (both known and unknown) of these activities, and for any injury, damage, death or other loss suffered by the participant.

By joining any event conducted by New York City Hiking Tours, the participant agrees to release and not sue New York City Hiking Tours and/or Bruce Bernstein with regard to any and all claims, liabilities, suits, or expenses (including reasonable costs and attorney’s fees) for any injury, property damage, illness, emotional trauma, disability or death to participants or others in any way connected with the participation in an activity. Should a participant bring an action against New York City Hiking Tours and/or Bruce Bernstein despite this waiver of liability that participant will be responsible for any and all attorneys fees incurred by New York City Hiking Tours and/or Bruce Bernstein in defending such action.

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Unlock the Secrets of UNDERGROUND Lower Manhattan

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THIS EVENT WILL BE ESPECIALLY WELCOME IF THE WEATHER IS BAD. (IT WON'T BE TOO SHABBY IF THE WEATHER IS GOOD!) ANOTHER EVENT ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17 IN BROOKLYN HAS ALSO BEEN SCHEDULED. YOU CAN RSVP FOR THAT EVENT NOW AS WELL. PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU RSVP. I TAKE THE RSVP PROCESS VERY SERIOUSLY AND I EXPECT THAT YOU SHOULD TOO. PLEASE READ ALL THE “PAGES” ON THIS WEBSITE AS WELL. This will be a fun, fast paced and interesting event of about 4 miles. (Don't ask me how I calculated the mileage because I don't know!). I will stop very briefly a number of times to talk about what we observe. We'll see public art, places of historical interest, some amazing structures, a haunting memorial or two etc. etc. We will be INDOORS most of the time in Lower Manhattan navigating various underground passageways or inside a building. WE ARE GOING TO MINIMIZE THE TIME SPENT OUTDOORS. (Photo by Katherine) MEETING DETAILS WILL BE SENT BY E-MAIL TO THOSE WHO RSVP NO LATER THAN THE EVENING BEFORE THE TOUR. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, ON YOUR DESKTOP, PLEASE CLICK ON YOUR PROFILE WHICH IS ON THE TOP RIGHT OF THE SITE, THEN CLICK "SETTINGS", THEN CLICK E-MAIL UPDATES" ON THE LEFT. MAKE SURE YOUR E-MAIL UPDATES ARE ON AND WHERE IT SAYS "UPDATES ABOUT YOU”, CHECK MESSAGES BOX. THIS WILL HELP TO INSURE YOU GET MESSAGES FROM ME. I LIKE TO THINK THOSE MESSAGES ARE IMPORTANT. I am going to request that everyone who attends this event make a monetary contribution but the amount of that donation is entirely up to you. Meetup charges an Organizer relatively little each month but I spend much time and effort planning and preparing for an event. You can contribute whatever you want either at the beginning or the end of an event or thru the website. We will meet BEFORE 1:30 P.M. Be ready to go. WE LEAVE ON TIME. NO FOOD STOPS. PLEASE BRING SNACKS AND WATER. I am going to ask that people not post any comments or questions prior to the event. You have more than enough information to do this once you get the meeting details. No offense, but I don’t need to know-and probably neither does anyone else- what you are doing that day if you can’t make it or what you think the weather will be. AFTER the event, post as many comments and photos as you like.

Brooklyn-- Brooklyn Bridge Park, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, -President’s Day Weekend

THIS EVENT HAS NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED TO THE ENTIRE GROUP BUT YOU CAN RSVP NOW. ANOTHER EVENT HAS BEEN SCHEDULED ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 3. PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THIS EVENT CAREFULLY AS WELL AS "WHAT WE'RE ABOUT" ON THIS MEETUP'S HOME PAGE BEFORE YOU RSVP IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. PLEASE TAKE YOUR RSVP SERIOUSLY. Join us on a fun, interesting but fast paced hiking tour of around 5 miles on President’s Weekend as we explore Vinegar Hill, Dumbo and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Vinegar Hill is a small, little known area with some very interesting sites. DUMBO is undergoing massive changes as old factories and warehouses are being transformed right before your eyes. There are always surprises along the way-hopefully a big one at the beginning of the event! On a number of occasions, before we get to Brooklyn Bridge Park, we will stop very briefly to talk about what we observe. There are many changes taking place in these areas. There should be great waterfront views. I have done a modified version of this event for the GUIDES ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK CITY (GANYC). THIS EVENT WILL BE EVEN BETTER. Photo was taken by Thomas. (We were lucky-it was very warm when we did this in February 2017!) WE DON'T DO LUNCH-NO FOOD STOPS. BRING WATER AND SNACKS. We will meet BEFORE 1:15 P.M. Be ready to go. WE LEAVE ON TIME. I am going to request that everyone who attends this event make a monetary contribution but the amount of that donation is entirely up to you. Meetup charges an Organizer like me relatively little each month but I spend much time and effort planning and preparing for an event. You can contribute whatever you want either at the beginning or the end of an event or thru the website by clicking on "Members" and then the "Chip In" button to the left. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, ON YOUR DESKTOP, PLEASE CLICK ON YOUR PROFILE WHICH IS ON THE TOP RIGHT OF THE SITE, THEN CLICK "SETTINGS", THEN CLICK E-MAIL UPDATES" ON THE LEFT. MAKE SURE YOUR E-MAIL UPDATES ARE ON AND WHERE IT SAYS "UPDATES ABOUT YOU”, CHECK MESSAGES BOX. THIS WILL HELP TO INSURE YOU GET MESSAGES FROM ME. I LIKE TO THINK THOSE MESSAGES ARE IMPORTANT. I am going to ask that people not post any comments or questions prior to the event. You have more than enough information to do this once you get the meeting details. No offense, but I don’t need to know-and probably neither does anyone else- what you are doing that day if you can’t make it or what you think the weather will be. AFTER the event, post as many comments and photos as you like. IF THE WEATHER FORECAST IS REALLY BAD, SEE ACCUWEATHER LIKE I DO, I WILL POST A CANCELLATION NOTICE ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT BY 10:00 A.M. IF THERE IS NO NOTICE, WE GO. We will finish around 5:00 p.m. not too far from a subway stop.

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Chelsea Gallery Hop-Members Appreciation Day

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