VIPTOURSNY

Private Tours/Custom Tours for Individuals and Small Groups

  • Before your tour, we will discuss your interests and will custom-design your New York adventure to match your interests and schedule.

  • Following are some neighborhoods and experiences you may be interested in exploring:

    • A Greenwich Village stroll through some of Manhattan’s oldest, narrowest, and architecturally interesting streets – rarely seen by visitors;
    • A walking exploration of the “High Line,” New York’s new, elevated urban park;
    • A survey of the new construction at the World Trade Center site;
    • Visit to a park with a dramatic harbor view of the Statue of Liberty;
    • An architectural walking (and shopping) exploration of SoHo, brimming with boutiques, art galleries, and the world’s largest concentration of Cast Iron buildings;
    • A walking exploration of a Harlem residential neighborhood, one of Manhattan’s loveliest;
    • An architectural exploration of the elegant Beaux Arts and Art Deco apartment houses and lovely residential brownstone-lined streets of the Upper West Side, where many of the rich and famous live;
    • Walking exploration of the renaissance of Times Square and the Theatre District, including an in-depth discussion with the person most responsible for the NYC landmark designations of 35 Broadway Theatres and for the zoning regulations which resulted in Times Square’s plethora of electric advertising sign;
    • Explore the architecture, history, culture, and ethnicity of the fascinating Lower East Side, where the majority of Ellis Island immigrants settled as they started life in their new country;
    • Stroll along the bustling, narrow streets of Chinatown and Little Italy, where time seems frozen in the early twentieth century; 
    • Stroll into Central Park and discuss its brilliant design as we gaze upon a stunning Lake/Park/Skyline view;
    • An expert-led interior and exterior stroll along world-famous Fifth Avenue Shopping Corridor, one of the world’s most elegant;
    • Visit some of New York’s most architecturally interesting and beautiful lobbies;
    • A ride on a Swiss-style aerial tram, followed by an expert-led walk along the shores of Roosevelt island with a magnificent view of the Manhattan Skyline; Visit New York’s new world-class memorial to Franklin Delano Roosenvelt.,
    • Walking exploration of the renaissance of 42nd Street, led by the person responsible for the NYC Landmark designation of the 42nd Street theatres, who will tell the story of 42nd Street’s glory, downfall, and renaissance;
    • An expert-led exploration of Park Avenue architecture, including the first two contemporary buildings to be designated NYC Landmarks – and a visit to three of Manhattan’s most beautiful Art Deco interiors;
    • An architectural exploration of the Upper East Side and Museum Mile, with its elegant profusion of architecturally important museums and mansions, home to many of New York’s rich and famous;
    • Explore Grand Central Terminal, one of the world’s most beautiful railroad stations, including a private discussion with the co-founder of the “Committee to Save Grand Central,” who worked with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to prevent Grand Central’s demolition;
    • Savor a very special view of the United Nations Building and discuss its architectural past and future.
    • Explore the exterior architecture of the concert halls and theatres which comprise Lincoln Center, one of the world’s foremost performing arts centers, led by the co-creator of Lincoln Center’s Art and Architecture Tour;
    • A leisurely stroll around newly renovated Columbus Circle, now one of New York’s grand public spaces, including a visit to the Time Warner Center, one of New York’s most popular shopping destinations;
    • An expert-led exploration of Carnegie Hall’s environs, New York’s first artistic district in the late 1800s;
    • Exploration of the architecture and art within Rockefeller Center, including an in-depth discussion with the person in large part responsible for the NYC landmark designation of Rockefeller Center’s Radio City Music Hall, saving it from demolition;
    • Explore Madison Square Park, with its special urban vista encompassing five of the early 20th-century buildings most unusual and beautiful buildings, and a dramatic perspective of the Empire State Building;
    • An architectural exploration of the lovely residential district surrounding Gramercy Park, New York’s only private park;
    • An architectural and social exploration of the East Village, with its mid 19th century library, medical clinic, early 20th Century Yiddish Theatres, two of Manhattan’s oldest Dutch churches, and one of New York’s loveliest historic districts;
    • A walking exploration through the Civic Center and Financial District, home of the original trails from New Amsterdam, many remnants of Dutch life, many of the Beaux-Arts and Art Deco Skyscrapers which made New York a world-unique 20th Century City;
    • An expert-led architectural exploration of one of Brooklyn’s most beautiful Brownstone neighborhoods, including a private discussion with a person who for many years was Chairman of the Brooklyn Heights Landmark Preservation Committee;
    • A stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade with a world-famous view of the magnificent Lower Manhattan skyline;
    • An architectural exploration of DUMBO, Brooklyn’s oldest warehouse neighborhood, which has become one of New York’s trendiest loft neighborhoods for New York artists, including a private discussion with the person most responsible for the NYC landmark designation of this Historic District;
    • Visit one of New York’s secret jewels, Brooklyn Bridge Park – a relatively unknown park, with an historic carousel, offering world-class dramatic river-edge views of the magnificent Manhattan Skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge;
    • Exploration of New York City’s most architecturally and ethnically diverse borough – Brooklyn, accompanied by the person who was responsible for the landmark designation of many of the neighborhoods we will visit today.  We can explore any or all of the following:  Williamsburgh and/or Crown Heights, two of the world’s largest Hasidic Communities, one of Brooklyn’s largest neighborhood of mansions; Fort Greene, Brooklyn’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood of Brownstones; the neighborhood around the 1905 Brooklyn Academy of Music;  the New Barclay Center; Prospect Park South, Brooklyn’s largest neighborhood of large Victorian mansions;
    • An exploration of New York from the viewpoint of 1) Dutch history or 2) the Revolutionary War;
    • Explore The Bronx – ethnic neighborhoods and revitalization;
    • Explore Queens – ethnic, Tudor, historic, garden residential neighborhoods

 

  • The following can be arranged (weekdays September – June), at no additional cost:

  • Private visit to one of New York’s most beautiful Victorian Interiors, located within our country’s most prestigious private club for people in the visual arts;  
    • Guests may choose to have lunch in this lovely private club;
  • Private visit to our theatre world’s most prestigious private club, located in the lovely townhouse of Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor in his day, designed by Stanford White, the world’s most famous architect in his day – including a visit to a lovely 19th Century theatre research library, finest in the United States and a visit to Edwin Booth’s bedroom, unchanged since the day he died there;
  • The rare opportunity to walk into Gramercy Park, New York’s only private park (closed to the public); 

 

  • If we are asked to custom-design at least one four hour tour for you, the following services will be available, at additional cost.
  • Tickets for the Broadway and Off-Broadway shows of your choice.
    • Cost depends on show selection and seat location.
  • Tickets for Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island (Statue Crown tickets usually require notice months in advance), Rockefeller Center or Empire State Building observatory decks, United Nations, 9/11 Memorial, NBC Studios, or other attractions.
  • Airport Meet and Greet with town car and driver.
  • Hotel to airport transfer with town car and driver.
  • Transfers by private car and driver.

 

The following V.I.P. Experiences can be arranged, at additional cost:

 

  • A private post-performance backstage tour hosted by a cast member of the Broadway musical you have just seen.

 

  • A private Broadway entertainment and in-depth discussion with a cast member from a Broadway musical you will be seeing, plus cast members from other hit Broadway musicals.  Your cast member(s) will be accompanied on the piano by the keyboardist from the hit musical “Wicked.” 
  • A private visit to a Broadway Costume Shop as hosted by a costumiére.
  • A private visit to Carnegie Hall, hosted by the dynamic and mesmerizing Curator of the Carnegie Hall Archives.
  • Join a select audience for a Classical Music Concert on a privately owned Houseboat.
  • A backstage visit at the Metropolitan Opera House.
  • An exploration of the interiors of the theatres and concert halls of Lincoln Center, one of the world’s premiere performing arts centers, accompanied by the creator of Lincoln Center’s art and architecture tours.
  • A visit to one of our country’s premiere dance company schools; observe a professional dance class ‘in action.’
  • A Sunday Morning Gospel Service featuring one of Harlem’s finest Gospel Choirs, accompanied by a Harlem-born member of the church, who – after the service – will take us on a walking exploration of Harlem’s most beautiful historic district, where she was raised.  
  • A private visit to the largest mausoleum in North America, hosted by a National Parks Service Specialist.
  • Private visit to a Clothing Designer’s Showroom – with a ‘no-holds barred’ discussion about the fashion industry; wholesale shopping opportunity for sophisticated women’s clothes.
  • Private, V.I.P hosted visit to one of our Country’s most unusual Department Store.
  • Private visit to the studio of a Brooklyn artist, recipient of the Jackson Pollock-Lee Krasner Foundation Award.
  • Private tours of New York’s major museums, led by expert docents.
  • The Ghosts of Broadway:  As we explore the Theatre District, we will look at photographs and follow the history of Broadway, its theatres, and its streetscapes from 1880 to the present;
  • A five course tea, in a lovely Victorian setting, including a private meeting with one of New York’s foremost tea experts.
  • Lunch or Dinner in New York’s most beautiful, Victorian Private Club.
  • Lunch or dinner in one of Manhattan’s most beautiful restaurants, including a private tour of the building.
  • Dinner with food connoisseurs from across the country – in the private townhouse – Hors D’oeuvres Reception and Multi-Course Dinner – prepared by one of our country’s finest guest celebrity chefs.  Unlimited wines, especially selected to compliment the meal, will be served all evening.