Some local people won’t go to the Empire State Building or The Statue of Liberty. I guess it makes sense if something’s in your “backyard,” you’d probably be more inclined to be a tourist somewhere else. There may be a stigma of doing touristy things in the city in which you live. That said, I’d like to think a Nice Guy Tours Food Tour is the exception, but I digress.
As a tour guide and as a lover of all things NYC, I am not one of those people that shies away from visiting areas throughout Manhattan. I love playing tourist. This ongoing blog series of Nice Guy Tourist – truth be told – has given me an excuse to do that as well. I’ve done a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, a visit to One WTC Observatory and now, I’ve visited the Museum of the City of New York.
To be frank, I love this museum. It is a tribute to the city and tells the story in such a fascinating way There is a video that talks about how NYC was all farmland and how it’s grown over the years. There is an exhibit to all zoning laws as well. As you can imagine the laws have changed throughout the years. As you know, if you’ve been on my Greenwich Village Food Tour, some neighborhoods are historically protected. No new buildings above six stories in the village! Can you believe it? The zoning exhibit really dives into some of those rules. I don’t want to ruin the museum for you – there are some surprises. I would plan to spend two-to-three hours there. It’s located at 1220 Fifth Ave (near 103rd St). It’s open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. An adult ticket is $18. Age 19 and under is free (how cool is that!). Seniors are $12. Either way, it is worth every penny. If you check it out please let me know what you think. See you on a tour soon