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NYC: Brooklyn Museum Ticket w/ Optional Virgil Abloh Exhibit

1. NYC: Brooklyn Museum Ticket w/ Optional Virgil Abloh Exhibit

Explore the Brooklyn Museum located in the historic Beaux-Arts Building nestled in the Prospect Park neighborhood. Discover collections of art and artifacts which span 5000 years of human creativity from cultures in every corner of the globe. Wander through the Ancient Egyptian Galleries that contain over 1,200 objects that include sculptures, paintings, pottery, and papyri. Visit The Mummy Chamber which is a special section that explores the rituals related to mummification and the Egyptian belief that the body must be preserved to ensure eternal life. Discover the American collections, home to Native American art and artifacts, Spanish colonial painting, and 20th-century American painting, sculpture, and decorative objects. See how cultural ideas can transcend time and place and contemplate the complexity and dynamism of American cultural life. Stroll through the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of feminist art and is the only curatorial center of its kind. Of particular interest is The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, an important icon of 1970s feminist art. On display from July 1 2022 - January 29 2023, upgrade your museum admission to include access to Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech". Since the beginning of his career, the multidisciplinary work of late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh has reshaped how we understand the role of fashion, art, design, and music in contemporary culture. Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech", developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is the first museum exhibition devoted to Abloh’s work, spanning two decades of the artist’s practice, including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas. The exhibition features material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black menswear artistic director. He is also well-known for designing Hailey Bieber's wedding dress.

NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

2. NYC: Luxury Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Harbor Cruise

Embark on a sightseeing cruise from Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. Enjoy stunning views of the NYC skyline with a 180-degree sightseeing experience from a boat that is all-glass and includes curved ceilings and walls. Hop aboard the boat at Chelsea Piers and being your sightseeing adventure. Sail along the Hudson and East rivers, admiring the Manhattan skyline. Spot Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building. Get up-close views of the iconic Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. Capture pictures of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Gaze out from one of the open-air decks for unobstructed views. Relax in the elegant atmosphere and take advantage of the attentive service as you dine on a brunch, lunch, or dinner prepared by the chef. Listen to a variety of tunes throughout the cruise played by a skilled pianist. Hear fascinating facts about New York’s famous attractions. Dance to piano melodies that include jazz, blues, and Broadway hits. On the dinner cruise, enjoy the added entertainment featuring an acoustic trio of a baby grand piano, upright bass, and jazz guitar. For brunch, enjoy bottomless mimosas while taking in the spectacular views. Sample Bottomless Brunch Menu - Early Risers: Seasonal Fruit, Breakfast Pastries, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Meats, Breakfast Potatoes, or Cinnamon French Toast Casserole - Late Risers: Organic Mixed Field Greens, Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Roasted Broccoli Florets, Baked Ziti Pasta, Roasted Salmon Provençale, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken, or Hand Carved Strip Loin, USDA Choice - Desserts: Bateaux Signature Dessert Station Sample Plated Lunch Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar - Entrée: Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake Sample Plated Dinner Menu - First Course: Baby Romaine & Spinach Caesar, Lobster Bisque, Togarashi Tuna Tartare, or Duck Pate De Foie Gras (available for additional price) - Main Course: Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Herb Roasted Shrimp, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast, Braised Beef Short Rib, Pan-Seared Atlantic Cod, American Wagyu Striploin (available for additional price), or Broiled Maine Lobster Tails (available for additional price) - Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake, Humbolt Fog & Belletoile Triple Cream Brie Cheeses, Bateaux Signature Warm Butter Cake, Valrhona Chocolate Mousse, Freshly Cut Fruit & Fresh Strawberries, or French Macarons (available for additional price)

New York City: Slavery and Underground Railroad Walking Tour

3. New York City: Slavery and Underground Railroad Walking Tour

Join a guided walk through Manhattan and learn about the contributions of enslaved people to New York City, including the brave uprisings against oppression. Explore the history of the Underground Railroad and see sights like Trinity Church and Fraunces Tavern. After meeting your guide for the day, start your walk with a visit to the African Burial Ground National Memorial and Museum, an archeological site and memorial dedicated to the memory of enslaved Africans in colonial America. Make your way to the site of a former station on the Underground Railroad and learn about the network of clandestine routes and safe houses used by enslaved African Americans primarily to escape into free states and Canada. Walk through the revolts, kidnappings, and dramatic escapes that occurred during the era of American slavery. Listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked their lives and properties to help people escape slavery.

Brooklyn: 2-Hour Prospect Park Guided Walking Tour

4. Brooklyn: 2-Hour Prospect Park Guided Walking Tour

The tour begins at the Brooklyn Public Library and sets off on a journey through many of the natural and historic landmarks of Prospect Park, including the Long Meadow, the Ravine, and the park’s system of lakes and streams. From your expert local guide, learn about the park’s fascinating layers of natural and human history, including the flora and fauna that grows here, the architectural eras visible in the built environment, and how the use of the park has changed over time. Listen to lively commentary about the original vision of the park’s designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, then learn about the projects underway today that support environmental conservation, historic preservation, and recreational and cultural access for Brooklyn natives and visitors alike.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

5. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

Enjoy an engaging ride down New York City’s famed West Side Greenway to Brooklyn, and travel across the nearly 6,000-foot span of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Brooklyn’s vibrant culture and exceptional architectural legacy and history. Brooklyn has always held an extraordinary status throughout the world, not only historically but cinematically as well. Here is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this legendary borough on two wheels. All the team members are trained New York City Tour Guides. Stops include Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Walt Whitman Park, Fort Greene Park, Admiral’s Row/Brooklyn Navy Yard, Battery Park.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 950 reviews

Sean was our tour guide and he did a great job of sharing in-depth and relevant information in an interesting way. A great tour we’d highly recommend. A few extras: bring cash if you’d like to tip the guide, tour ends (as advertised) at different location than starting point, take a few minutes after the tour to walk 30 seconds around the corner from the burial ground to go inside the National Monument visitor center to see/hear more- there are bathrooms, gift shop and displays appropriate for kids and adults. No regrets. Were looking forward to booking other tours for our next visit.

This tour is New York as we want to know it! Ludie is a dream guide. Full of power, energy, and passion. She tells the local story of slavery, racism, and heroism in a way that cannot leave you indifferent. The emotional involvement, theatre ability, and her audience's perception are so high that we could see the city story resurrected through her eyes.

We loved the little gift shop… plan to come back after the tour but we stopped at one of the other locations early hours quite only reason we didn’t come back there.

GREAT GREAT tour! Lifelong New Yorker and I was stunned at all I learned. Excellent!

The special exhibit on at the time was great! Love the museum and it's exhibits.