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Autumn in New York City

Autumn in New York City is a sight to behold. As the leaves turn their brilliant colors, the city transforms into a cultural cacophony of sights, smells and sounds. You’ll find everything from breathtaking walks through Central Park to intimate dinners with friends at some of New York’s best restaurants. Below are our favorite ways…

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September 12, 2022

Things to do on Governors Island

This historic island has been a popular location for picnics, military training and even concerts. Though it was originally part of the city’s defensive plans, Governor’s Island is now home to a unique mix of recreational activities and historical sites. Located in New York Harbor between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, this small island—just…

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August 25, 2022

Get to Know the Guides!

Our guides at Like A Local Tours are more than just walking encyclopedias. They are part entertainer, part concierge, part stand-up comic, part friend, and whatever else you might need on tour!  Our tour guides bring destinations to life through the art of storytelling and leave lasting impressions with top-notch customer service. We asked a…

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August 22, 2022

New Times Available: Immigrant New York Food Tour

Immigrant New York Food Tour: Lower East Side New Time Available! With so many different foods, cultures and neighborhoods in New York City, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we created the New Immigrant New York Food Tour! You’ll get to sample the best food that immigrants brought here over…

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August 14, 2022

Expanded food on our Flatiron Food, Architecture, and History Tour!

With warmer weather on it’s way, now is a great time to book a spot on our fantastic Flatiron Food, Architecture, and History Tour! This tour isn’t just for out-of-towners, with our expanded food stops it’s sure to help locals find new favorites too. Check out this review we recently received: “Really great tour! I…

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April 6, 2022

Holiday Lights on Fifth Avenue!

Tis the season! And we are so glad! Nothing brings cheer like all of the amazing light and window displays along NYC’s Fifth Avenue during the holidays! On November 23, alongside the Young People’s Chorus of New York City choir, Michelle Obama paid a visit to the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship to help unveil its…

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November 25, 2021

Fifth Avenue Walking Tour Invites Public to Take a Stroll Back in Time!

OCTOBER 15, 2021: (NEW YORK, NEW YORK) — With fall in full swing and cooler weather around the corner, Like A Local Tours, a Brooklyn-based tour company, has announced the launch of its new Fifth Avenue Walking Tour. This tour is the perfect way to enjoy a change of seasons in the city, while also…

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October 15, 2021

Art on Fifth! Lots to see on our Tour on Fifth, Fifth Avenue History Tour

Fifth Avenue is home to much more than just high end shopping. From the history to the architecture and now…. the art! Here are a few highlights of what we see on our Fifth Avenue Walking Tour: Stand under a famous street artist mural for an optical illusion image. According to his website, “JR has…

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September 30, 2021

Tour on Fifth | Fifth Avenue Walking Tour

Fifth Avenue Hidden Secrets & Special Access Tour! Hello New York City! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Fifth Avenue Walking Tour in partnership with the Fifth Avenue Association: the Fifth Avenue Hidden Secrets & History Tour! Launching September 12! Book your tickets now! Did you know that … The huge…

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August 22, 2021

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…

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April 11, 2019

Boss Babes Series #1: Bagels, Babes & Babies

March is Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is March 8. We are proud to present a series of articles about some serious NYC and Brooklyn boss babes both past and present! Enjoy! Who runs the world? GIRLS! Who runs Russ and Daughters? ALSO GIRLS! We love the story of this traditional bagel and…

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February 20, 2019

Immigrants: Keeping New York Great

I’m not what people are expecting when they first meet me, that’s for sure. I simply say ‘hello’, and their faces make this weird twisty look as they try to figure out where I’m from, whether I am qualified for the job, and if they’ve made the right decision to do this thing in the…

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January 4, 2019

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

We are so excited to share the coverage of our one of our New York City food tours in Australia’s national Traveller (2.5 million readers!). Here are a few excerpts: There are much more imposing structures in New York City than the 22-storey Flatiron Building. The Chrysler building is arguably the most beautiful. The Empire…

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December 20, 2018

NYC Architecture Tour: The Birth and Death of American Modernism

Along a stretch of midtown Manhattan streets less than a mile in length stand some of the most important buildings in the country. In this compact area, the world’s most influential architects gave birth to American Modernism, built its undisputed triumphs, and sang its swan songs. The story hinges on four Modern landmarks: the United…

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December 10, 2018

Lower East Side: Enjoy an Afternoon of Art & Food

We LOVE the Lower East Side and thought it would be fun to put together our ideal Saturday — popping into art galleries and nibbling in between. So here is a self guided Lower East Side Art & Food Tour. We recommended checking the websites of the galleries to see when they’re open and what…

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November 6, 2018

Focus on Immigrant NY on our Lower East Side Food Tour

The story of immigration and migration in the United States is one that can be told through the history of New York City. Our Lower East Side Food Tour tells all and fills your tummy all while meeting the people that make NYC what it is! Most immigrants who came to New York City in…

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August 30, 2018

Travel & Food Blogger Roaming Nanny raves about our Flatiron Food, History & Architecture Tour!

We are so pleased to share this great write-up on our Flatiron Food Tour by Roaming Nanny. Full article here. Our tour met up in the Flatiron district at 10:30 sharp. Rory, our tour guide, was there early to meet up with us all and I liked her instantly! Upon further investigation – Rory I…

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August 7, 2018

Interview with a Local: Ariel Rodriguez of La Sonrisa Empanadas!

We are so excited to introduce you to Ariel Rodriguez of La Sonrisa, a Pop-Up Empanada company selling in artisan markets and parks throughout NYC. Their mission: We specialize in selling high quality, affordable, fast, and delicious food options.  We offer competitive wages in our industry, leadership opportunities, team building environments, and a positive work culture. …

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June 13, 2018

Interview with a Local: Ryan Witte, Architecture Aficionado and Tour Guide

Give us a quick snapshot of your background. I was born in Columbus, Ohio, but moved from there at the age of three and don’t remember much about it. We moved around a lot, and I believe it was formative for me to have lived in Rural, Suburban, Urban Middle and East Coast America at…

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May 1, 2018

Second look: famous sculptures in NYC

“Meet me by the Astor Place cube!” That’s how this article came to be. Where did the cube come from, what does it symbolize? Read on to learn those answers and more about some of NYC’s most prominent sculptures. As a New Yorker, I don’t think we even notice these incredible sculptures, so we did…

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August 9, 2017

200 5th Avenue’s Former Life

200 Fifth Avenue was formerly known as The Toy Building and is currently home to Eataly as well as the corporate offices of Tiffany & Co among others. But, before The Toy Building was built in 1909, the site had several former (and wildly different) lives. The Fifth Avenue Hotel was a luxury hotel located…

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June 25, 2017

Eisenberg’s Famous Sandwich Shop now on our Flatiron Food Tour!

We are so pleased to have this tiny but historic (and famous!), classic New York luncheonette on our Flatiron food adventure. We truly do bring you the best of New York City … especially on a fork! From a bygone era on Ladies’ Mile, Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop is an institution. Located on Fifth Avenue just…

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May 30, 2017

Why we are still obsessed with the High Line

Photo: Thehighline.org THE ART! Always a rotating selection of works and commission pieces. Our faves currently on view: Darren Baderchess: relatives May 6, 2017 – April 2018 // On the High Line under The Standard, High Line.  Gather 32 friends to pose as human chess pieces with 2 additional players.  Henry Taylorthe floaters March 17,…

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May 8, 2017

Fodor’s Travel: Best Tours in New York City

The Best New York Tours: Sometimes a guided tour is the way to go, even if you usually prefer to fly solo. It can be a great way to investigate out-of-the-way areas, to get an insider’s perspective on where locals eat and play in the city, and to learn about interesting aspects of the city’s history, inhabitants, or architecture. Whether you want the classic hop-on, hop-off bus tour to get oriented in the city or a more personal, interest-specific walk, you’ll find it here. Some of the bigger tour companies offer discounts if you book in advance online. Like A Local. Walk like a local, talk like a local, and best of all eat like a local with a highly curated tour from Like A Local. Tours include the Flatiron Food tour, which is a lovely walk from the Flatiron…

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February 8, 2016

We are selected as Editor’s Choice on Stay.com!

Download the app and check out of list of recommendations in Brooklyn. Or better yet, take our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour or Sunday Funday boozy Brooklyn Tour!

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November 8, 2015

Sunday Funday: Exploring Williamsburg Brooklyn with Like A Local Tours

October 23, 2015 by Cultural Xplorer: I find that the best way to explore any city is by doing it like a local. I am such a big believer in keeping it local, that I wrote a whole guide to exploring New York City like a local, which highlights some of the top things that I love to do as a resident. When the New York City based company Like A Local Tours invited me to explore Williamsburg with them on their Sunday Funday Tour, I jumped at the opportunity to get to know one of my favorite neighborhoods better through a resident’s eyes. {PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS AND MORE OF THE ARTICLE} The tour of Williamsburg began right in the heart of the neighborhood on Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn, where our tour guide (and company owner) Lauren introduced herself to us,…

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October 23, 2015

Brooklyn Tour Company Gives Tourists A Chance To Experience The Area Like A Local by Her Agenda

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Shannon ThomasWe understand how taxing life can be as a millennial woman. Between snagging interviews, attending conferences, navigating your way through work place dynamics and watching Empire…there’s hardly anytime to relax. That’s why we took a moment to relax for you with a Like A Local food tour in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For two hours, myself, and seven other food lovers from all corners of the U.S., from LA to Minnesota, trekked around Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhood. We were introduced to some of NYC’s most delicious in-the-cut spots. As a native New Yorker, it was a nice chance to actually enjoy the charm of NYC that is usually only reserved for tourists. As we walked down North 7th Street to our first destination, our super friendly and knowledgeable guide/tour curator, Lauren Bebe gave us a tidbit…

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October 19, 2015

New York City’s Best Food Tours by Sherman’s Travel

September 28, 2015 by Margie Goldsmith: In New York City, travelers can enjoy cuisines from nearly every country on the planet — so it’s no wonder that many are opting for food tours to get some guidance. Frequently themed by neighborhood or type of food, some tours can teach more than most New Yorkers themselves know, in a short period of time. Plus, you can tap the knowledgeable guide for recommendations for the rest of your trip. Here are four of our favorite culinary adventures: Flatiron History and Food Tour The 2.5-hour tour with Like A Local Tours features the Flatiron District, named after the 21-story Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. These days, the neighborhood is sizzling hot, especially with the launch of Mario Batali’s artisanal Italian food emporium Eataly — where you’ll begin. From there, you’ll head to a little-known local burger joint, taste burrata pizza, watch…

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September 30, 2015

5 Reasons We Love “Like A Local” Food Tours by Design&Trend

September 25, 2015 by Meg Busacca: This week our design editor Meg happily experienced “Like A Local” guided food tours in Williamsburg. Like A Local Tours offers is an exclusive walking tour that marriages gourmet food and history to street art and architecture. The company provides four tours residing in Flatiron in Manhattan, Williamsburg, a Brooklyn “Sunday Funday” tasting and North Fork for wineries. 1. Good Company The Founder and tour guide, Lauren Beebe, conducted the highly curated Williamsburg food crawl. Beebe is a very warm and welcoming guide who willingly shares her passion for bringing people and great food together. The social experience was enjoyably organic and hosted a great group of individuals from all over the United States. 2. Savory Spots The tour kicked off with Best Pizza, literally. Best Pizza in Williamsburg is in a former bakery and its century old…

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September 27, 2015

Captain Kidd – Brooklyn’s Own Pirate

One of the first homes built in Williamsburg was on the future intersection of South 4th and Bedford. Named “Keikout” (Dutch for “look-out”), it was first a refuge in case of Indian attacks, and then a boarding house, and its most famous tenant was Captain William Kidd. Kidd based many of his pirate voyages out of Manhattan, where local merchants invested in his operations, but he had a soft spot for Keikout because, according to legend, one of his former lovers was buried near there, passing away while he was out at sea. William Kidd was born in Scotland in 1645, became a sailor early in life, and had a long and successful career as a privateer. He didn’t move to the then-British colony of New York until he was well into his 40s, after marrying Sarah Bradley Cox Oort,…

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September 16, 2015