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Anyone who has ever visited Times Square knows exactly how touristy the typical bus tours and walking tours in NYC can be. Still, guided tours aren’t just for the most well-known New York attractions: They can also give you a behind-the-scenes look at what some call the “secret New York.” Some of the most beautiful NYC buildings, coolest abandoned places and most exclusive social clubs will only allow a few lucky tour groups inside. That’s an experience you definitely won’t get on a hop-on hop-off bus.
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