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New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

1. New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

Experience the best views in New York City from inside a helicopter, complete with large floor-to-ceiling convex windows for your viewing pleasure. On your flight you will see the beautiful Central Park, Hudson River, and New York Harbor, including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum. Cruise past the Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, the World Financial Center, and the Chrysler Building from up high, as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which dates all the way back to 1883. With tour narration and all heliport fees included, there is no better way to enjoy the dramatic and ever-evolving New York City skyline.

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NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

2. NYC: Evening Jazz Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan

Cruise New York City's famous harbor aboard the 1920s-style yacht, the Manhattan, while listening to live jazz music on a 1.5-hour cruise. Sit back and enjoy gorgeous views of the New York skyline while enjoying a live jazz band which will play everything from classic jazz standards by Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington, to new renditions of Motown songs, R&B grooves, and hits from today! The band does take requests, so please ask for your favorite, as they may very well know it! During your cruise, see many famous buildings and sights, including Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the Financial District, Governor's Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. An alcoholic drink is included to enjoy as you soak up the surrounding sights and the sounds.

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From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

3. From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

Traveling by comfortable motor coach and accompanied by your professional, licensed NYC bilingual tour guide, your day will start in the borough of Manhattan, known as “the city”, with a ride through Harlem in Upper Manhattan. You’ll learn about the development of this diverse neighborhood and see historic sites, such as the world-renowned Apollo Theater, the debut venue for many performers such as Ella Fitzgerland, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and many others. Next, you’ll travel north, to the borough of the Bronx, where you’ll see the home of one of the most famous baseball teams in the world: The New York Yankees! You’ll also learn about the birth of hip hop and view original street art while walking along the streets.  The tour continues across the East River into the borough of Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the US, whose residents speak over 100 languages. You’ll pass through the exclusive Malba neighborhood, with its many beautiful homes, and visit Flushing Meadows Park, home of the US Open (one of the oldest tennis championships in the world), as well as the New York Mets baseball team and the Unisphere (leftover from the 1964 World’s Fair). You will then proceed to visit the borough of Brooklyn, viewing the neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Crown Heights, home to one of the largest Hasidic Jewish communities outside of Israel, alongside a younger, gentrifying non-Jewish population. Afterwards, you’ll head down to world famous Coney Island, a destination for New Yorkers for generations, seeking fun and relaxation. Weather permitting, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the boardwalk, and to have lunch at the original, legendary Nathan’s restaurant. Finally, you’ll head back over the East River, passing by the historic Brooklyn Bridge, on your return into Manhattan. Please note that the day’s itinerary is subject to traffic conditions and may be modified due to time constraints.

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New York City: Night Skyline 4-Hour Bus Tour from Manhattan

4. New York City: Night Skyline 4-Hour Bus Tour from Manhattan

This tour will leave you breathless and allow you to take incredible photos of New York City. The tour starts at 6:30 PM. With your Urban Explorer SUV, you'll cross Manhattan and see one of the most famous sights in New York, Brooklyn Heights. After taking amazing photos of the Manhattan skyline and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge up close, you'll continue to New Jersey and make a brief stop, tasting a typical slice of American pizza with a view of Manhattan. Then, you'll arrive at the famous Hamilton Park, the highest point in New Jersey with an unforgettable view of the thousand lights of New York! The tour is suitable for all ages and ends at 10 PM near Times Square. The tour runs every Wednesday and Sunday.This tour will leave you breathless and allow you to take incredible photos of New York City. With your Urban Explorer SUV, you'll cross Manhattan and see one of the most famous sights in New York, Brooklyn Heights. After taking amazing photos of the Manhattan skyline and seeing the Brooklyn Bridge up close, you'll continue to New Jersey and make a brief stop, tasting a typical slice of American pizza with a view of Manhattan. Then, you'll arrive at the famous Hamilton Park, the highest point in New Jersey with an unforgettable view of the thousand lights of New York. Your tour concludes near Times Square.

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New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

5. New York: Private 2-Hour City Tour by Jeep

Unlike many other tours, the chauffeur for this journey is a knowledgeable, native New Yorker who will show you the most fascinating areas of the city – in just 2 hours. Begin in the historic West Village and then venture across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for one of the most spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Visit lower Manhattan's most exciting neighborhoods. See the West Village, the original stomping grounds of New York's bohemians, SoHo, an artistic haven featuring numerous art galleries and shops, and TriBeCa, an up-and-coming neighborhood that’s home to an annual film festival. Continue on to South Street Seaport, a cobblestoned dock, where you’ll see some of the world's most impressive boats. Traffic permitting, you’ll visit the Financial District, home to The New York Stock Exchange, Chinatown, home to the largest Chinese population in North America, and Little Italy, home to more than 20 historical landmarks. Experience New York like never before in a Jeep Wrangler SUV!

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From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

6. From Manhattan: Half-Day Brooklyn Food and Culture Bus Tour

So many people visit New York City and never get to see Brooklyn. It's been said that a trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world. Find out for yourself on a unique 4.5-hour tour. Explore the ethnic diversity of New York City on a guided tour that’s both a history and a gastronomy lesson. Take a trip back in time in this New York borough that you probably haven’t heard all that much about. New Williamsburg is a neighborhood that’s home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community. Enjoy a slice of delectable authentic Neapolitan brick-oven thin-crust pizza and a freshly prepared cannoli for dessert. Drive through the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish area where time seems to stand still. Greenpoint features one of largest Polish populations in the United States. Visit a favorite neighborhood eatery that offers up the best kielbasa sausage and pierogies. In the DUMBO area you’ll stop for a sample of delicious chocolate at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory. Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.

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From Manhattan: 4-Hour Christmas Lights Luxury Bus Tour

7. From Manhattan: 4-Hour Christmas Lights Luxury Bus Tour

The holiday season in New York City is magical. From the world-famous tree at Rockefeller Center to the Christmas windows of Macy’s, Bergdorf’s, Lord & Taylor and Saks, the city is vibrant with energy and holiday spirit; it is unequaled and unmatched by any other city in the world. Join this tour as you journey out to the astounding Christmas light of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Aboard a luxurious 36-passenger bus, travel along the streets of Manhattan and listen to your licensed guide who will entertain you with the rich Yule history of New York City along the way. Travel through Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, past the famous High Line and then down along the West Side Highway. On this tour, learn and see more than you expected.  Emerging from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, ride along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway viewing the waterfront, and the expansive vista of New York Harbor. The Statue of Liberty will be visible off to your right. After a short ride, leave the bus and tour Dyker Heights on foot for about an hour. The lights in the Heights range from tasteful displays created by local homeowners to extensive professionally imagined lighting extravaganzas. No matter what your take on Christmas lights there will be something for you to enjoy.   After you leave the Heights, make a brief stop at the famous Brooklyn Heights Esplanade to view the movie-like vista of the lower Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. There will be more to see as you make your way over Manhattan Bridge back through Manhattan, ending up at the centerpiece of New York's holiday delights, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. On arrival at the tree, your tour will end.

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New York City: Scenic Helicopter Tour and Airport Transfer

8. New York City: Scenic Helicopter Tour and Airport Transfer

Enjoy a luxury airport transfer and sightseeing tour of New York City with this private helicopter ride. Helicopter tours are available between all major New York airports (JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark) and Manhattan heliports in either direction. Take a scenic tour that covers Midtown and Lower Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, Central Park, Freedom Tower, the Financial District, and the Statue of Liberty. For arrival transfers, once you have cleared customs and collected your baggage, get taken by private car from the arrivals terminal to the helicopter terminal located at the airport. Meet your friendly and experienced pilot at the heliport, and depart for Manhattan. Enjoy an approximately 15-minute scenic tour over New York City, before being dropped off at your preferred Manhattan heliport.  For departure transfers, board the helicopter at your preferred Manhattan heliport, and depart for the airport. During the transfer, your scenic New York City tour will be provided. Upon landing at the helicopter terminal, you will be taken by private car to your airline terminal and begin the check-in process as normal.

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What people are saying about Brooklyn

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,047 reviews

A breathtaking experience that is recommended to everyone. The reception was friendly and everything went well. In addition, the Corona standard as well as general security was taken into account. The pilot did a great job and pointed out all the important sights.

An amazing experience provided by a professional and knowledgeable team! Everything was perfect from the booking stage to the very last minute I was assisted on site. The weather was perfect too.

Professionally organized handling. A very calm, comfortable flight. Great view of the NYC attractions. Due to our starting time, the sunset behind the Statue of Liberty was a highlight.

The flight and the service was great. Unfortunately, I had to sit backwards and it was not possible to swap places. Otherwise great attraction to recommend.

just the rush of being in a helicopter as opposed to passenger plane btought all of the views so close