If you are still here on Monday November 5th, today's walking/subway tour will start earlier - 7AM! It will be light since the clock will have changed on Saturday Night.
My tour will again meet near the steps in Times Square (you will recognize me by my red jacket and my vintage NYC Marathon Cap).
After a slightly different Times Square walking tour, we will head to Grand Central Terminal via Bryant Park and the outside of the New York Public Library. (The library is actually closed all day Monday). We'll do a quick tour of Grand Central and the Transit Museum Annex, have a coffee and restroom break, make sure everyone has MetroCards (see Sunday's tour) and continue our walk East on 42nd Street for a photo op near the United Nations.
From the UN we will walk to 2nd Avenue and take the Select Bus to the Lower East Side. Our wander there will include the Tenement Museum which has reopened and the Eldridge Street Synagogue which may have opened by then. The Lower East Side was hit hard and had no power until yesterday. We will see how they are recovering. There are plenty of opportunities for eating and shopping if you do not head back to midtown with me. (Think Katz's, Il Laboratorio del Gelato, The Meatball Shop)
This tour will be more walking than talking. While I no longer run, I expect to be walking at a New Yorker's pace. I expect to be out of the Park before noon so you can head to brunch and/or a show.
Again, this tour is "free" but (evidence of) Sandy recovery donations, feedback, referrals to your friends for future tours, and donations to my underemployment fund AKA gratuities will be graciously accepted. I and my fellow tour guides have lost a lot of work because of Sandy.
If you are planning to join me please notify me by comment under this post or email. I will summarize any comments or emails that I receive elsewhere. I want my fellow guides to know that you are looking for things to do.
Guide friends. If you would like to post tours as comments with your contact information etc Please do.
Hope to see you Sunday or Monday.