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New York Like A Native

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Lively, wide-ranging walking (& vehicle) tours of numerous Brooklyn neighborhoods (plus the Lower East Side in Manhattan and Long Island City in Queens), touching on culture, history, architecture, landscape, and urban planning. Personal service...more
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

After visiting so many times Manhattan, my girlfriend and I decided to have a "nothing but Brooklyn" city-trip....But how does one start with it? Our plan was to kick-off our first day with a guide so we could go more "in depth" on our own...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2013

Stefan, thanks for your enthusiasm, during the tour and in sharing your experience. I would add that learning about Brooklyn is a continuing challenge and ongoing project for me. The short story writer Thomas Wolfe famously warned, "Only the Dead Known Brooklyn." It's that big,...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2018

So, especially for our foreign visitors; If you don't want a real Brooklyn tour by a REAL New Yorker, then get on a Circle Line tour. Otherwise, book Norman for a historical introspective on Brooklyn. Fast talking? yes. Factual? Yes. Opinionated? As any New Yorker...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

Thanks so much for the review--I aim to be the Brooklyn tour guide who can customize the route and make it work for the specific visitor. We had a lot of great experiences that day, but so much more to see! Norman Oder New York...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018

Everything was perfect! Norman gave us a most memorable experience!! We loved our time with Norman!!

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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

A personal recommendation to tour Brooklyn with Norman ensured we looked forward to our tour. Reading the positive reviews set us up for a great day. Sadly either Norman had a bad hair day or he didn’t like the company of four ladies of mixed...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

My apologies. I acknowledge that I was pushing the pace on an ambitious tour route and, in retrospect, should have proposed an amended route, leaving less time pressure to get to the Brooklyn Museum (which we typically pass in the first leg of the tour)...More

Reviewed 22 March 2018

We recently got to know Norman when he provided us with the Brooklyn 101 tour. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Norman. Norman delivered the tour with the detailed knowledge and insights of a journalist (which he is as well). He taught us the history...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2018

Many thanks for your reciprocal enthusiasm, David. Looking forward to the next tour and going deeper into Brooklyn. Norman Oder New York Like A Native

Reviewed 20 November 2017

I was responsible for organizing a week long study visit for a group of professionals from Europe who were visiting the U.S. for the first time. We chose to take a tour with Norman on one of the days the groups was visiting NY. I...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2017

My friend and I spent about 4 1/2 hours with Norman. Already I can't wait to return to NY to take another one of his tours. We took the Brooklyn 101 and Crown Heights tours in one day. Bring your walking shoes!! He is incredibly...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Great to know. I always like tailoring the tour to what works best for visitors, and I'm looking forward to seeing you again! Norman Oder New York Like A Native

Reviewed 29 October 2016

My wife and I had a Brooklyn 101 tour a few days ago and it was wonderful. He is so knowledgeable and so personable that it was 2 1/2 hours that was jam-packed with sights and history about a Brooklyn that he so obviously loves....More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2016

Thanks so much! I hope/expect your appetite was whetted to return and explore on your own, or even another tour with me. Norman Oder/New York Like A Native

Reviewed 3 August 2016

We'd been to Brooklyn once or twice before on our own and were looking for some kind of tour to give us greater insight . . . when my husband found Norman Oder's "New York Like A Native" on TripAdvisor. What a find!! We picked...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2016

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review. But thanks even more for coming prepared and energized for some challenging conditions--it was worth it! By the way, the photo is from Greenpoint, and the we in the photo are looking north toward the area where the...More

Reviewed 1 July 2016

We had driven through Brooklyn, but never knew what we were seeing or the best places to go. We have guides in Europe...why not Brooklyn? Read reviews, hired Norman, and had the most fun and informative day! Also, lots of cookies, chocolate, great lunch, wonderful...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2016

Gail, thanks so much. Your group was among the most enthusiastic eaters/testers I've met, and I especially appreciate your willingness to taste-test chocolate chip cookies to achieve scientific certainty. All the best, Norman Oder Founder/Guide New York Like A Native

Reviewed 4 June 2016

On Friday morning of the long Memorial Day weekend I, along with 5 family members, met "NY Like A Native" guide Norman Oder outside a coffee shop on Nostrand Ave, across from the old Girls High School - deep in the heart of the Bedford...More

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NYLikeANative, Owner at New York Like A Native, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2016

Thanks for your thoughtful review. Bed-Stuy is a huge and complicated neighborhood, and my typical "overview" tour only overlaps partly with the route we did. So I appreciate being pushed to adjust the route and weave things together a bit differently (and rely on some...More

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