Why Williamsburg?

Why Williamsburg?

Visitors to New York City either think they know Williamsburg or that it’s just not for them. Having a more recent reputation as a home to hipsters or seeing the extensive L train renovations may have put you off from taking the trip over / under the East River. Well not only is Like A Local Tours a Williamsburg expert, but it’s also our home neighborhood! When you join us there, you’ll hear our guides talk about the history of the neighborhood from First Nations to immigration, the boom and then bust, and the eventual reinvention of the area. We walk the side streets and back streets, take in the unique view of the Manhattan Skyline, and spend time at some of the delicious Mom and Pop eateries that the neighborhood has to offer, all giving you a foundation to Williamsburg that can be used to then go adventuring yourself.

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What's New, New York?

What's New, New York?

People come from all around the world to take in historic sights like the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge, classic Broadway revivals like Kiss Me Kate, and vintage flavors like the classic hot dog BUT New York never stops changing and growing. So to celebrate all that is NEW right now, and to give veteran explorers some fresh ideas here’s our latest listicle…

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HOT TOWN, SUMMER IN THE CITY

HOT TOWN, SUMMER IN THE CITY

It is true that many New Yorkers leave the metropolis in the summer months, but New York is by no means quiet. From the parks, to the concerts to the beaches (yes, BEACHES!), there is a never-ending check list of amazing activities for visitors to enjoy. We’ve covered NYC’s best Happy Hours with some notable roof top bars thrown in here, so now what to do before 5 o’clock comes around…

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A Closer Look: Line & Label // Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Shopping Tour

A Closer Look: Line & Label // Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Shopping Tour

Kate O'Riley, Owner, Creative Directer, Head Designer and mind behind all that is Greenpoint's Line and Label took a minute to tell us more about her story. This boutique/studio has a magical way of offering up just the right mixture of hard edged leather, delicate necklace and that mystical ring. It's the shop that every urban woman wishes were on their corner, let's find out how it was dreamed up!

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Join Us for a VIP Fourth of July Experience!

Join Us for a VIP Fourth of July Experience!

Celebrate the 4th of July in style with a top shelf open bar, waiter-passed hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet seated 3 course dinner and premium live entertainment. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and One World Trade Center! The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular® is one of New York’s most celebrated events and the largest in America. While tens of thousands crowd the sidewalks, rooftops and high points of New York and Brooklyn, you and your guests will experience direct views of the 4th Of July Fireworks inside our beautiful yacht.

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Go Behind the Scenes on our Industry City Tour

Go Behind the Scenes on our Industry City Tour

Last month we were asked to share our Industry City tour with representatives from around the world. From behind the scenes access to maker’s studios to Japan Village to all you can eat Li-Lac chocolate samples, everyone had a blast! See for yourself!

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TIMES SQUARE – Even the locals are heading back!

TIMES SQUARE – Even the locals are heading back!

From the bright lights to the little known food gems, Times Square is the most visited tourist site in the entire United States! Read on to learn why this area is experiencing a renaissance and check out our picks for what to see, do, eat and hear!

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Celebrate World Pride in NYC! 50 Years of Stonewall!

Celebrate World Pride in NYC! 50 Years of Stonewall!

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the birth of Gay Rights activism, making New York City the home for World Pride. These days we know Gay Pride as a movement for equality for all who identify as LGTBQIA. It has brought us powerful progressive legislation and now the first openly gay Presidential candidate. But in late June 1969 it was the actions of a few brave people that galvanized a community, and little could they have imagined how far we would come!

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Because we are Happy! NYC's best Happy Hours!

Because we are Happy! NYC's best Happy Hours!

It’s always 5 O’clock somewhere, and in New York we can make our Happy Hours last all night! Now that Spring has Sprung and the weather is warmer, you’ll find the locals on the rooftops, sidewalks and speakeasys, sipping the latest cocktail trends, and all for those magic discounted prices. Knowing where to go is key so we have listed some of our favorite for you to check out:

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Join Our Chelsea Market & High Line Food Tour and Experience Hudson Yards!

Join Our Chelsea Market & High Line Food Tour and Experience Hudson Yards!

Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. The site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, over 100 stores, restaurants curated by Chef Thomas Keller, The Shed - a new center for artistic invention and 14 acres of public open space.

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Boss Babes Series #5: Suzanne Palmer of Olly Oxen Free Vintage

Boss Babes Series #5: Suzanne Palmer of Olly Oxen Free Vintage

For the fifth article in our boss babes series, we sat down with Suzanne Palmer, owner of the incredible Brooklyn vintage store, Olly Oxen Free.

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Boss Babes Series #4: Boundary Breaking, Bridge Building, Babe

Boss Babes Series #4: Boundary Breaking, Bridge Building, Babe

You know the iconic image of the Brooklyn Bridge as well as you know you own hand. You can count the number of times you’ve walked across it on a couple of hands, but did you know that a woman had more than a mere hand in the building of it?

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Boss Babes Series #3: Back In The Day Babes

Boss Babes Series #3: Back In The Day Babes

For the third installment of our blog series, we bring it home to the Nonnas! Read about how to special ladies inspired two iconic Williamsburg, Brooklyn restaurants: Mable’s Smokehouse and Best Pizza.

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Boss Babes Series #2: She's A Baking Boss Babe!

Boss Babes Series #2: She's A Baking Boss Babe!

For article #2 of our series in anticipation of International Women’s Day, we profile Christina Tosi, who has built a sugar empire and become a household name in the celebrity cooking show world, and she’s not even close to slowing down.

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Boss Babes Series #1: Bagels, Babes & Babies

Boss Babes Series #1: Bagels, Babes & Babies

Get ready! International Women’s Day is March 8 and in preparation, we are profiling and sharing some great stories of NYC’s best boss babes. Both past and present! Article 1 focuses on historic Russ & Daughters.

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Meet Local Artist Ebony Bolt on our Insider Brooklyn Art Tour

Meet Local Artist Ebony Bolt on our Insider Brooklyn Art Tour

A wonderful way to experience the current art scene in New York is by meeting working artists. We recently hosted a group from Italy on our Insider Brooklyn Art Tour of Bushwick. Despite the rain, we shared our favorite street art murals at the Bushwick Collective and then our guests were able to participate in Ebony Bolt’s mural at Brooklyn Brush studios, which was truly a unique and memorable afternoon for everyone…

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Immigrants: Keeping New York Great

Immigrants: Keeping New York Great

All of our tour guides bring a special and unique perspective to our NYC tours. As an immigrant herself, tour guide Kathryn Fray puts a focus on immigrants and why they have made this city so special…

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See Our Two-Page Spread in One of Australia's Largest Newspapers!

See Our Two-Page Spread in One of Australia's Largest Newspapers!

Beyond excited that our NYC Flatiron Food Tour received a full two-page spread in Australia’s Traveller! “Pinch me. Am I really in Manhattan, or just dreaming?” Read on and we hope you’ll join us!

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Creative Gift Ideas for the NYC Lover

Creative Gift Ideas for the NYC Lover

From gifts under $100 by working NYC artists to a glass blowing class, we list our top ideas for creative gift giving for the NYC lover!

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Explore Brooklyn's Design Center With Us!

Explore Brooklyn's Design Center With Us!

Industry City has taken the heart of New York's former manufacturing hub and reimagined it for the 21st Century while still celebrating the city's historic ingenuity and work ethic. This is an immersive experience: where designer meets maker meets buyer. New ideas happen spontaneously in the various open spaces that allow people to naturally collide…

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