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Best Historical Activities in NYC

Best Historical Activities in NYC

In 1524, a Florentine explorer, Giovanni de Verrazzano, stepped foot on the land that’s now New York City. He was the first. Eighty years later, Henry Hudson re-discovered the region for the Dutch, and he settled. Since Hudson’s arrival, NYC’s steadily grown into the metropolis it is today.

Steeped in history, NYC’s witnessed everything from the founding of this nation to the first Kardashian baby. Moreover, the city, itself, has watched a transformation from Dutch colony to abandoned area to one of the most recognizable cities in the world.

Uncover NYC history, now!

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    ENIGMA: Outdoor Mystery Theater
    ENIGMA: Outdoor Mystery Theater

    ENIGMA: The Show

    What’s the best way to uncover the history of the famous Brooklyn Heights neighborhood? Obviously, it’s embarking on a National Treasure type scavenger hunt across Brooklyn. Armed with a map and tasked with searching for an esoteric mystery writer, you’ll become a, sort of, Dutch explorer, uncovering the scenic buildings and streets of Brooklyn Heights. You’ll encounter Brooklyn’s Victorian clairvoyance, historical rogues, and celebrated heroes. Find hidden symbols, elegant cathedrals, scenic promenades, and even a Marilyn Monroe mystery. If you’re a history buff and in need of some serious adventure, why don’t you actually take one?!

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    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

    Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl

    “Kerouac” etched in a bathroom stall. Dylan Thomas literally died while raging against the night at this pub. And Ginsberg howled while downing martinis at this establishment. This is Greenwich Village, home to the Beat Movement and bohemian capital of the world. Decades ago Greenwich Village represented NYC’s historical literary epicenter. On this pub crawl, you’ll uncover and taste the marvelous tales of its infamous bars and residents. Dive into the underbelly of a neighborhood that changed a nation.

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    Around Manhattan Architecture Cruise
    Around Manhattan Architecture Cruise

    Classic Harbor Line

    Very few cities in the world house as many architectural marvels as New York City. From the World Trade Center to the Brooklyn Bridge and the entire post-industrial waterfront, each marvel represents the height of architecture from certain eras. Here, this tour, led by the American Institute of Architects NYC chapter, recalls the historical stories behind the city parks, bridges, and skyscrapers. As you consume this information, you’ll delight in sea voyage, while passing the new Freedom Towers, Brooklyn Bridge, Highline, and the post-industrial waterfront. Enjoy Manhattan’s best view while glimpsing into the historic past.

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    Cafe Wha? Band Live Show (Fridays)
    Cafe Wha? Band Live Show (Fridays)

    Cafe Wha?

    Hendrix, Dylan, Springsteen, Gingsberg, Kerouac, they were regulars here. What more is there to say?

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