Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn

History Tours Offered by Big Apple Fanatics Tours

Big Apple Fanatics Tours offers history tours about New York’s Jazz Age, Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table, cocktails, Broadway, and the city’s greatest park, Governors Island. We visit locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Governors Island.

Secrets of Governors Island Walking Tour For more than 200 years, Governors Island was closed to the public. Learn how a former military post became New York’s greatest new park. Governors Island is a former Army and Coast Guard base in New York Harbor. It is now a public park and recreation area, as well as the Governors Island National Monument (U.S. National Park Service). The walk for anyone who wants to learn about its history and the island’s new future as a city park. More Information, Tickets, and Schedule.

World War I Walking Tour Come along on a walking tour of sites that were important to New York during World War I, from military, recruiting, and fundraising. Remember our honored war dead by visiting beautiful memorials around the city, from Grand Central Terminal to Central Park. This unique walking tour honors the centennial of WWI (1914-1918) and led by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of “World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War” (Globe Pequot Press). Now on the centennial, explore more 30 locations in Manhattan that have ties to the Great War and learn the stories behind each. More Information, Tickets, and Schedule.

East Village Dive Bar History Tour Come along on a tour of one of New York’s most diverse and colorful neighborhoods, the East Village. You’re invited to explore New York’s dive bar scene with two bartenders who will show you where the best spots are for cheap drinks and good times. Enjoy three beverages (included with your ticket) as we visit three bars off the beaten path. More Information, Tickets, and Schedule.

Babe Ruth Slept Here (Upper West Side)  Come along on a walking tour of the Upper West Side and Morningside Heights with a focus on baseball, books, and the Jazz Age. Stop at the homes of Babe Ruth and his New York Yankees teammates. We will see the former residences of some of New York’s greatest personalities of the past, including George and Ira Gershwin, Arnold Rothstein, and Florenz Ziegfeld. Explore the architectural and historical stories of the buildings and monuments. Learn about Riverside Park and the development of the Upper West Side. More Information, Tickets, and Schedule.

W.C. Fields Broadway & Vaudeville History Tour Take a stroll through the New York life of actor-comedian W. C. Fields in the era from 1905 into the Roaring Twenties. Walk in the footsteps of the great performer and see the locations associated with his life before he went to Hollywood. If you are a fan of old theater stories and silent movies, this is the tour for you. The tour provides an overview of the history of Broadway, Vaudeville, New York performers, and Times Square. The history of Prohibition, the Actors Strike of 1919, the rise and demise of Vaudeville, and the colorful stories of the Ziegfeld Follies are also reviewed. More Information, Tickets, and Schedule.

Classic Cocktails and Christmas Lights Tour (Seasonal) Visit three hotel cocktail lounges (each hotel is more than 110 years old!) and see the famous Fifth Avenue holiday lights and Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Get in the holiday spirit with classic cocktails mixed by professional mixologists. Guests will have three cocktails in three different landmark hotels and tour the incredible seasonal light displays of Manhattan. Drinks are not included in ticket price. More Information, Tickets, and Schedule.