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“Great day with Sarah”

Big Onion Walking Tours
Ranked #37 of 603 Tours in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Since 1991, Big Onion has been leading informative, award-winning, and innovative walking tours of New York's historic districts and ethnic neighborhoods. All tours are lead by PhD candidates in American history or a related field. Big Onion has been called "The Best Walking Tour in New York" by New York Magazine; "Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests" by The Village Voice; and "One of the best urban walking tours in the world" by Forbes. Big Onion is an approved educational vendor for the NYC Department of Education and a Programming Partner with both the Brooklyn Historical Society and the South Street Seaport Museum. We are proud to be a 2012, '13 & '14 winner of the TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence". We offer public "show up" tours year-round and an advance calendar, accurate tour descriptions, meeting sites, etc. Most of our walks do not require reservations.
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Garden City, New York
1 review
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“Great day with Sarah”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

We had a great walking tour with Sarah his past Monday. I've lived in NY for 35 years, but had never taken a walking tour in Greenwich Village. She took us to several of the famous and not so famous landmarks and areas and had a great knowledge of many interesting facts. I won't spoil it for you it you want to take the tour, but there were many surprising facts in the Village's rich history. It was a great day!

Visited June 2014
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Lets see...you have lived here 35 years....Big Onion has been leading tours for nearly 24 years...between us we have nearly 60 years of NYC "experience"! We look forward to welcoming you on another of our tours soon! Very glad you enjoyed the tour with Sarah. She specializes in Greenwich Village, but will be leading our suite of Lower East Side tours as soon as she is back from doing some dissertation research!
Seth Kamil, President
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New York City, New York
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“Gangs of NY”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

A great tour! A good mix of the broader, historical context (politics, social movements, immigration trends) with the juicy details of stories from NYC's past.

Visited May 2014
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thank you for joining a recent Gangs of New York walk with us! It means a lot to us when a "local" joins a tour and comes away feeling a good time was had! Its definitely a walk that combines the juicy stories of the 19th century with some pretty serious and broader history.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Seth Kamil, President
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venice,fl
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“Central Park walking tour”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I just took a Central Park walking tour with Big Onion. This is the third tour I have been on with them and each one is terrific. The guide was a PhD candidate at Columbia. Very bright and extremely knowledgeable . Even though I grew up in New York I learned things about the park I never knew. I highly recommend it.

Visited May 2014
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Thank you for reviewing your experience on our Central Park tour! I am glad that you found all three tours taken with us consistently terrific! Our greatest strength has to be our guides - all with advanced degrees and teaching experience.
We look forward to having you join Tour #4 soon!
Seth Kamil, President
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Vienna, West Virginia
2 reviews
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“Historic Lower Manhattan”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is the second tour we have taken with Big Onion tours and I am hooked. We plan on taking a tour of a new neighborhood each time we come to the city. Our tour guide, Gideon, really explained the history of the island in a way that was captivating, and he was able to answer all of our questions. I particularly enjoyed learning about the architecture of many of the buildings. I highly recommend Big Onion!

Visited May 2014
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Jill
Thank you for joining two Big Onion Tours! I am very pleased you enjoyed the Lower Manhattan walk with Gideon. He can also be found leading our Chelsea & High Line tour (another great walk).
We look forward to seeing you on walk #3 soon!
Seth Kamil, President
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“A highlight of our USA trip!”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

A inexpensive and educational tour. Fantastic way to learn about NYC.
We took the Gangs of New York tour and it was one of the highlights of our trip.
The guide was experienced, funny and very knowledgeable, we left the tour with a much better understanding of foundation of New York and some insights we could share with friends and family when we returned home.
The tour was well paced and organised. A must do.

Visited May 2014
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bigonion, Owner at Big Onion Walking Tours, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Elizabeth,

Thank you for making our Gangs of NY walk a part of your visit to New York. I so very much appreciate you calling the tour a highlight of your travels! Speaking for all of us here at Big Onion, we hope that we can be a part of your next NYC visit.

Seth Kamil, President
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