Upper West Side

A walking tour exploring the history & architecture of the West 60s & 70s.

In recent years, New York City has undergone an era of redevelopment unseen since the days of Robert Moses over a half century ago.  Our Upper West Side tour ties together the opulent architecture, scandalous social history, and progressive religious and class reform of this historic and ever-evolving neighborhood.  Stops could include: the Dakota, Lincoln Center, The American Museum of Natural History, The Ansonia, and stops associated with Florence Mills, Mae West, Robert Moses, James Dean, The New York Dolls, and the Charleston.

Tour Info

Cost: $25
$20 Seniors and $15 Full-Time Students

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, March 2412:00 pm
Sunday, April 222:00 pm
Saturday, May 1212:00 pm
Saturday, June 212:00 pm
Sunday, June 2411:00 am
Sunday, July 152:00 pm
Tour Reservations

Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

NOTE: You will select your date in the next step.

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Have a group or special event?

Consider a private tour!

We’ve done tours for school example, group example and corporate example. Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.

Private tours can be arranged for a weekday, weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We work closely with you to create an enjoyable experience for your group.

Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.

Meeting Location

NE corner of 66th Street & Columbus Avenue, in front of ABC Studios, 77 West 66th Street.

Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Subway Trains
Train: 1 train to 66th/Lincoln Center.

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Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.

Rain/Inclement Weather
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.

The finest group of tour guides in the city. Most of us are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in history passionate about the history, architecture and people of New York.
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Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

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Refund Policy
Full refunds are available by request up until 72 hours prior to a walking tour. Between 72 and 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour we offer credit to be used on any future walk. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded.

Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. No shows are considered last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.

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