Tips for Visiting The Big Apple, New York City for the first time: Day 2Day two in New York City consisted of a tour by foot with Real New York Tours. I found them on tripadvisor.com. Trip Advisor is a great resource, and I use it often when we travel. There's nothing more accurate than customer reviews in their own words.
Let me start out by saying that a tour on foot in NYC is not for the weary. It is a full on tour to see as much as you can in 6-7 hours while walking and hopping the subway to get from place to place. Our tour guide was Trey, and he was a wealth of information. There are several different tours to choose from, so you can custom tailor your experience with this company. Check out their website at RealNewYorkTours. We started out at Paramount Plaza around 10am and proceeded to cover most of Manhattan in a day. We did this tour early in our trip, so we could familiarize ourselves with the city layout and make notes of places we wanted to return to later in the week. One of the sites was Ground Zero. You could still feel the somber aura in the air as Trey explained that seven of the buildings at Ground Zero were destroyed and ALL other buildings in the immediate vicinity sustained damage except for one that was directly across the street from the twin towers. It was St. Paul's Chapel. It would be the place to feed three thousand rescue workers every day immediately following the disaster. The chapel did not sustain any damage, not even a broken window. A miracle for sure. We plan on returning to the chapel in the coming days for pictures and more of it's stories. We walked through Chinatown and Little Italy where you can see how Chinatown is taking over the area.
Get the Italian Special at Faicco's, you can't go wrong! Across the street is a little Italian bakery called Rocco's. They have the best cannolis! Get the chocolate covered shell. They make the cannolis on the spot for you. It's a real treat.
There were other areas that we explored off the beaten path. We walked about ten miles, and yes you will be exhausted, and yes your feet will hurt, but it IS worth it!