Girlies, ghosts and ghetto rhymes: We review five of the season's best walking tours.
Thu Apr 2 2009
Photographs: Josh Frank
4. Historic Graveyards Tour
The gist: This two-and-a-half-hour, four-mile jaunt, led by Patriot Tours proprietor Karen Quiones, whisks you back to the Revolutionary days when the Bowery was the boonies and Wall Street lived up to its name—it was actually a wall. We explored St. Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church, focusing on their cemeteries. Notable residents include Alexander Hamilton and printer William Bradford.
Who goes: People who enjoy reading tombstone inscriptions, goth teens.
High: The zealousness with which Quiones approaches the tour could make a doorknob twitter with glee.
Low: As history lessons are wont to be, the tour is crazy fact-heavy. TMI in too short a period of time might leave you wide-eyed and drooling.
Before the tour: Relax with a budget mani ($10) or quickie shiatsu (30 minutes for $50) at the nearby Wall Street Bath and Spa (88 Fulton St between Gold and William Sts, 212-766-8600).
After the tour: Reward the ol' brain meats for absorbing all that macabre history by drowning it in a Dark and Stormy cocktail (Gosling's rum with ginger beer and lime) from Trinity Place Bar & Restaurant (115 Broadway at Cedar St; 212-964-0939).
Book it! Tue, Thu at 1pm; $23. Call 917-716-4908 or visit patriottoursnyc.com to register.
If you like that, try this: Big Onion's Green-Wood Cemetery tour (bigonion.com) takes folks to see the final resting places of famous New Yorkers like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Leonard Bernstein.—Josh Frank