I love the photos. Are they available for purchase? Are there others?
Can I post one of the postcard photos I got on the tour on Facebook? Instagram? Tumblr? Pintrest?
Please, don't. The photos are copyright protected and are provided simply as an amenity to the tour. Reproduction rights are not part of the deal.
Are there any books of McDarrah's photos?
Yes, scores of them. A partial list can be found in the ABOUT section.
Are reservations necessary for the walking tours?
No, but they are highly recommended. If you show up without one you will generally not be turned away, but for planning purposes – a tour with too many people is not as pleasant an experience - we do strongly suggest making reservations and purchasing tickets in advance.
Are the tours offered in languages besides English?
New York City newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane famously said 100 years ago that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The pictures that are the crux of these tours speak to people of all nations. But the tour guides only speak English. With some advance notice a Spanish translator will accompany a tour.
Do the tours cover anything not captured by McDarrah in a photograph?
Yes. The photos are the raison d'etre for the tours, but when you walk by places like Mark Twain or Steve van Zandt or Keith Richards' house, or the site of the women's jail that housed Mae West, Ethel Rosenberg, Valerie Solanis and Tupac Shakur's mom (but not in the same cell at the same time!), or Mario Batali's first restaurant, or the oldest tree in Manhattan, or other landmarks, that is all part of the fun.
Should i tip the tour guide?
Well, unless you are a waiter or waitress, it is unlikely we would tip you if we showed up at your job, so really, no need to tip the guide. Unless it is a tip like, "Talk more about this," or "Walk slower" or something like that.
What if I arrive late for the tour?
Try not to! We will not keep everyone waiting for one latecomer. Please try to arrive at the starting point at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
Last second change of plans?
Tell us if you can. This way we can possibly accept another walker in your place. We will do our best to reschedule you.
What if I have to use a restroom?
Washington Square Park has new facilities that are cleaned regularly. Most of the tours start or end nearby.
What if I get hungry/thirsty along the way?
There are all kinds of spots along the way on each tour to purchase food and beverages. However, we'd prefer not to stop and wait for that. We suggest bringing a bottle of water along with you and something to munch on if you think you won't be able to go for 90 minutes without chewing.
What if it is raining?
Bring an umbrella. Tours are generally rain or shine. In cases of severe weather tours may be canceled, postponed or rescheduled.
Do the tours end at the same place they start?
No. But pretty close.
What age groups will most appreciate the tours? Will kids get bored?
Age is a state of mind. The tours usually feature talking points of interest to all ages – music, architecture, social revolutions, ice hockey, literature, journalism, cupcakes. Most will appreciate and enjoy the entire tour.
Are the tour guides licensed?
Yes, all guides are licensed by the city department of Consumer Affairs.
Are the tours doable for seniors or disabled individuals?
Yes. There are no stairs or hills involved. It is no more than 90 minutes of stop-and-start walking, with stopping time for questions and photos, and a rest if needed.
How long are the tours?
They can take longer if it is a particularly curious group, but they are designed to run around 90 minutes, depending on the size and pace of the group, and if there are a lot of questions (and answers!). In terms of distance, none is longer than one mile.
Do I need to bring anything?
No. But we suggest a camera, perhaps a bottle of water, a sense of curiosity and an interest in history (especially New York in the 1960s) and a sense of humor. Never leave home without that.