I just returned from my first trip to New York City a few weeks ago and wanted to report back on a walking tour my friend and I took while there. I read about "Real New York Tours" on this forum and decided to try them out. We booked a half-day tour on-line with Amber. She was very responsive and helpful. My friend and I met our tour guide, Greg, at 10:00 AM for our three hour walking tour of the Downtown area of New York. Greg was like a walking encyclopedia! He was so knowledgeable about all things New York ... we felt we learned so much. Greg was personable and also altered the tour schedule a bit so we would end up in Little Italy for lunch ... where Greg recommended a great restaurant ... Da Nico. Very good! Expect to do alot of walking on this tour as we visited many places. This company also has posted a blog on "How to Buy a Metrocard" for the subway which was extremely helpful to us first-timers. We plan to take a different tour with this company on our next trip to New York.