NYC I – Essential Manhattan


Everything you need to know to be an effective tour director or guide in New York City!

  • City History
  • Logistics, Lunch Spots, Bus Parking, Common Routes
  • Fun Facts, Numbers, Trivia
  • History, Architecture, Current Events, Movie Trivia, and more for over 100 sights!




By the Numbers
New York Trivia
Neighborhoods & Logistics
Tips & Tricks

New York City History

New Amsterdam
Colonial New York
Revolutionary War
Between the Wars
Civil War
The Gilded Age
1900 – 1939
World War II and Beyond


Financial District

The Battery
Castle Clinton
Staten Island Ferry
Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine
Fraunces Tavern
The Canyon of Heroes
Customs House
Bowling Green Park
Charging Bull
New York Stock Exchange
Wall Street
Federal Hall
Trinity Church
Trinity Churchyard
St. Paul’s Chapel
Woolworth Building
City Hall & Park

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

History of the Statue
The Statue
Ellis Island

World Trade Center Area

The Original World Trade Center
September 11, 2001
9/11 Memorial
9/11 Museum
The New WTC Complex
One World Trade


Fifth Avenue: 59th to Empire State

The Plaza Hotel
Grand Army Plaza
Tiffany & Co.
Trump Tower
The Saint Regis Hotel
St. Thomas Fifth Avenue
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
The Diamond District
NY Public Library
Bryant Park
Grand Central
Empire State Building

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
The Gardens & Plaza
30 Rockefeller
Radio City Music Hall

Times Square

One Times Square Building
New Year’s Eve
The Paramount Building
New York Theater
Iconic Times Square Restaurants
Cohan & Duffy Statues
The Brill Building
The Ed Sullivan Theater
Studio 54


Central Park & The Met

The Dakota & Strawberry Fields
The Lake & Ramble
Bethesda Terrace
Conservatory Water
The Mall
The Dairy & Area
Cleopatra’s Needle
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Columbus Circle & Lincoln Center

Hearst Tower
Columbus Circle
Time Warner Center
Maine Memorial
Lincoln Center
The Juilliard School
Central Park West
The Natural History Museum