For those of you in NYC without an ING NYC Marathon to run and for those of you who are in NYC by accident, you are cordially invited to join me for an early morning uptown walking/subway tour tomorrow, Sunday Morning at 8 AM.
My tour will meet near the steps in Times Square (you will recognize me by my red jacket and my vintage NYC Marathon Cap).
After a brief Times Square area walking tour, we will "take the A train" (running local) to 110th Street. (NOTE: You will buy your own MetroCards if you do not already have them. Helpful instructions will be given.)
We will briefly visit the Cathedral of St John the Divine - they will be having services - some of you might wish to stay and not continue with the tour. For those of you who wish to continue, we will walk along inside the North End of Central Park (the North Woods is closed because of Sandy storm damage this time).
Then, we will stay inside the Park along Fifth Avenue and visit the Conservatory Gardens. Some of you may wish to visit the Museum of the City of New York which currently has an excellent exhibit about Staten Island (BHS - before hurricane Sandy). Others may wish to visit El Museo del Barrio. The tour will continue on and off the Marathon route through the Park to 59th Street. You may drop off at the museum of your choice the Jewish Museum, National Academy, Guggenheim, Neue Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History or NY Historical Society (both on the West Side), or the Frick Museum.
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.
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.
I will also put up a different Marathon Monday morning tour post soon!
Guide friends. If you would like to post tours as comments with your contact information etc Please do.