Exploring New York City's 5 Boroughs

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Most New York visits focus on Manhattan, home to many of the city's top attractions. But NYC is a city of five distinct boroughs, each with its own personality and charm and all well worth a visit. Here's your guide to exploring all five.

Manhattan
The island of Manhattan is what most New York visitors picture when they think of the Big Apple. Home to famous areas including Harlem, Chinatown, Times Square, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village, Manhattan also houses many of the city's top museums, such as The Met, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art. Manhattan is also known for its towering Midtown skyscrapers and its crown jewel: Central Park. 

Brooklyn
With a population large enough to be named the third-largest city in America, Brooklyn is New York City's biggest borough. The area is known for its extremely hip neighborhoods, including Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo, each home to a number of eateries and shops. But beyond the hip 'hoods, Brooklyn offers a wealth of history and culture. Prospect Park, the area's answer to Central Park, is a great place for a stroll or bike ride, as is the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Many travelers head to the Navy Yard, a former naval base and shipbuilding site dating back to the Revolutionary War, to learn about the borough's industrial past.

Queens
Just north of Brooklyn and across the river from Manhattan is Queens. Queens is a melting pot of languages and culture, with nearly half of its residents having been foreign born. A food tour exploring areas like Flushing's Chinatown or the Indian American community of Jackson Heights is a great way to learn more about the borough's cultures, while sports fans should make the trip out to Citi Field, home of the MLB's Mets, or check out the National Tennis Center, which hosts the annual US Open Tournament.

The Bronx
The Bronx may not receive the same attention as hot spots like Manhattan or Brooklyn, but visitors who make the trip know it's a borough with plenty to offer. Home to the famous Yankee Stadium, the borough is a well-known a mecca for baseball fans. Meanwhile, anyone looking to enjoy nature in the city should head to the Bronx's New York Botanical Garden or the Bronx Zoo. Those hungry for culture can take a hip hop tour to learn about the Bronx's role in the origins of the music genre, or visit the Italian eateries along Arthur Avenue.

Staten Island
For one of New York's best free sightseeing experiences, hop on the Staten Island Ferry to this lesser-known borough, which punches well above its weight in cultural attractions and history. Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town offers unique insight into American colonial life, while the St. George neighborhood is home to range of arts and culture institutions including the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and the National Lighthouse Museum.
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Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour

Take a bite out of New York City’s hippest borough on this half-day Brooklyn food and culture tour. From traditional ethnic eateries to culinary hotspots that spark national dining trends, your guide will show you where to eat like a local. Snack on kielbasa and pierogis in the Polish enclave of Greenpoint, satisfy your sweet tooth in DUMBO and get a taste of farm-to-fork freshness in trendy Williamsburg.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Harlem Sunday Morning Gospel Tour

Discover New York City’s gospel heritage on this spirited tour of Harlem, complete with a Sunday morning gospel choir service. See musical landmarks like the Apollo Theater and Cotton Club on a coach tour, and explore parts of this vibrant neighborhood on foot. Visit a local congregation to take part in a traditional Sunday gospel service featuring the soulful stylings of the choir. Upgrade to include a hearty soul food brunch at a favorite local restaurant.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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New York Hip-Hop Tour

Hip-hop music began in New York City. There's no better way to explore the genre of music than by taking this entertaining and informative tour with one of rap's Grandmasters. The unique experience offers an interactive tour through Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx, showing the origins and evolution of hip-hop and rap music.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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SoHo Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

Spend a delightful day in New York City's SoHo neighborhood with a delicious food and wine walking tour! Join your oenophile guide as you stop in at two unique dining destinations to sample wines from around the world, each paired with sweet or savory bites. Chat with restaurateurs, compare tasting notes and make new friends on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

Explore the rich history of some of New York City’s most interesting neighborhoods — SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown — on this guided 2-hour walking tour. In SoHo, visit the Cast Iron Historic District and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster who became boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. In Chinatown, soak up the sights, smells and sounds of the neighborhood.
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High Line and Chelsea Walking Tour

An instant classic with locals and tourists since the day it opened in 2009, the High Line is a former railway line on the west side of Manhattan that has been converted into a dynamic park. This 2-hour guided tour walks you through the High Line as well as the cosmopolitan neighborhood it runs through, Chelsea. The Chelsea walking tour reveals amazing architecture and art along the way.
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Manhattan to Brooklyn NYC Walking Tour: Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo

Explore the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge on this guided, 2-hour walking tour from Manhattan to the trendy Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the United States, connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River. Learn about its history, dating back to 1869, from your guide and enjoy a leisurely stroll into Dumbo (aka Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), known for its high-end boutiques, delicious desserts, pizza shops, art galleries and scenic waterfront views.
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Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental

Explore Manhattan just the way you want with a customizable bike rental. Ride across the Brooklyn Bridge for amazing skyline views and discover the historic and hip sights of Brooklyn. Ride at your own pace and stop as often as you like while cruising through lower Manhattan’s unique neighborhoods such as Little Italy, Chinatown, and Wall Street. Choose from different bike styles and rental durations to create the perfect two-wheeled tour of New York City’s iconic attractions.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour

See New York City’s iconic attractions and diverse neighborhoods on a guided two-wheeled tour. Cycle past skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty on a tour of Battery Park and Wall Street, and enjoy the urban scenery along the Hudson River path. Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge for a quintessential Big Apple experience, and take in fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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