As a huge true crime fan, especially anything to do with New York organised crime, a walking gangster tour was a must-do while on holiday in the Big Apple. With dozens of books on Italian, Irish, Jewish and African-American gangsters and criminals, I consider myself quite the aficionado on the New York underworld. On the other hand, my wife’s knowledge only extends to what scene of Goodfellas she has walked in on or part of a documentary she has overheard.
When we began the tour we were met by our tour guide, Gary, a true New Yorker with a passion for his city, it’s stories and history. The tour took us through Little Italy and Chinatown and covered a variety of gangster’s hangouts, restaurants and haunts. My wife was captivated with the stories and history, while I was having the time of my life walking through the areas I have read so much about. Gary also had a few pieces of knowledge and insight that even I was unaware of. As a movie buff, Gary was never afraid to relate information to a film or point out where a scene was shot.
Our only regret with this tour was not booking it sooner. Unfortunately we chose to do this on our second last day in New York, so all of the good food, restaurants and genuine recommendations from Gary needed to be crammed into the afternoon before other commitments. At least it is a reason to go back.
Overall we would thoroughly recommend this tour. It had something for everyone, whether you are a know-it-all like me, or have no prior knowledge like my wife, this tour has something for everyone. Thank you very much Gary for your wealth of knowledge, sense of humour, love of this tour and New York’s history.
I recently traveled to NYC with sisters for a week's stay. I have not been to NY for 30 years so a private tour the first full day of our stay was a great way to become acclimated with the city. Gary arrived on time & we quickly realized that he was a fabulous source of information regarding historical aspects of the city. The pace was great & Gary covered everything we wanted to see. We highly recommend the tour and Gary.
Gary was very informative, and adapted his information for his audience. It was fun to bump into a couple of New York characters along the way, who were clearly acquainted with Gary. His enthusiasm for his city is infectious, and he was very obliging with all our tour requests. On the day he was also flexible enough to incorporate an area of town that wasn't part of the original plan.
What a great introduction to New York City! Gary was a feast of information and kept us on our toes for the entire tour. We learned so much about New York and Central Park development and history. Our tour lasted much longer than the specified time and at the end of the tour, Gary assisted us in the use of the Sunway ticketing system. Highly recommended!
Great tour! Gary was knowledgeable and personable. He even gave us fun facts about things on our way to and from the subways! He had a great sense of humor. Gary was very concerned for our well being and extremely flexible when it came to the tour. Upon learning that my husband was a Hendrix fan he even altered the tour a little bit just for my husband! I would definitely recommend Gary to anyone I know!
Fantastic Personable/ Knowledgeable Professional! Given our time constraints, Garry D ensured that our objectives were fulfilled, and so much more. He was like a walking encyclopedia giving history and background of every site. From older adult to a high school junior, each of us were completely satisfied with every aspect of this NYC tour - Gary is highly recommended!
Gary is a wealth of information. His knowledge of the history of NYC and his love of NYC made the tour informative and fun. He went over and above to make sure we got the most out of our time when our bus arrived an hour late due to an accident. We enjoyed the visit and look forward to returning. We will absolutely ask for him and recommend anyone looking for a friendly, respectful guide that knows NYC, I highly recommend Gary.
If i have to describe Gary in one word it will be: delightful. It was a pleasure spend 5 and a half hours with someone so knowledgeable and witty. We really learned a lot, and we look foreword to do it again. Thank you!!!
The tour was excellent. Gary was so friendly and knowledgeable. Our tour was centred round locations for a specific film however Gary added in lots of extra information and knowledge about the area. We had a great time with him and would highly recommend him.
Gary is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed learning about New York with Gary as our guide. He made us feel comfortable and confident to explore on our own when the tour was over. Our party consisted of myself and my daughters aged 29, 18 and 12. We all had a great time.
Gary was great and very knowledgeable about the areas we visited. He was also very engaging. We had two teens that had colds and didn't feel well and Gary managed to keep them smiling and engaged. We all loved his energy and enthusiasm. Also, my nieces loved his personality. Thanks Gary and see you next year. Take care and be well.
Just returned to the UK after 2 1/2 weeks in the US. I can honestly say this was the most worthwhile money we spent on our whole holiday. Our tour was on Monday 21st of July with Gary our tour guide. The tour started at 10 am and concluded at 330pm. I can honestly say we would have never have seen the things we managed to see and learn the things we did if we had tried to find our way around ourselves.
We visited all the important sights including Central Park, the Rockefeller Centre and stopping off at another park to catch the amazing views of the Empire State Building, ground zero, Wall Street. all this time Gary is still telling you exactly what you are passing along with some great little stories.
I couldn't recommend this tour enough. I would like to end by saying a special thank you to Gary for his professionalism and knowledge.
An OUTSTANDING tour today, August 10th, with Gary the tour guide. Our family of 5 people ranged from 14-71 years old. Each person in our group enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about NYC. Just the right amount of walking. Gary is a wealth of knowledge and engaging for audiences of all ages. We highly recommend this tour!!!
My family and I took the 7 hour tour and it was great, Gary was our tour guide and his level of knowledge and overall enthusiasm made the tour. His attention to detail and comic relief made the tour enjoyable and unforgettable. It was a great way to see the city. I highly recommend this tour company.
Thank you for a great time!!!!
When my husband brought me and my two teenage daughters (16 and 18) to
NYC on business, we knew we had the opportunity of a lifetime and wanted
to make the most of our trip to New York. We had heard about walking
tours, and quite simply, (in the words of my 16 year old) "it was the highlight of my trip"!
We were fortunate to have Gary Dennis as a tour guide, and as we strolled through the
streets of little Italy, and Chinatown, we were captivated by the beauty
and history of the area and Gary opened our eyes and minds to
everything that was there. We chose, as a family, to do a tour with
"just us", Also, we indicatedthat we wanted an "eating tour" as well,
and Gary took us to the most obscure nooks and crannies,
with the most DELICIOUS food (both Italian and
Chinese), it was delectable... we were so happy! Also, I should add,
Gary stayed a full 30 minutes after our trip, to help us navigate
through the canal street vendors in search of purses, he made sure my
teenage girls found exactly what they wanted! I highly recommendI will
definitely book again when we get back to NYC, and fully
intend to explore another part of the service. Thank you so much Gary,
for making this the "highlight of my trip".
Louise M., Denver, Colorado June 2014
On behalf of True North Team Building I wanted to thank you for helping with the success of yesterdays program. Gary was a HUGE help along with being knowledgeable, entertaining and professional. We really enjoyed working with you and I know the groups loved having them on board.
Director of Business Development
True North Team Building, LLC
6 Trowbridge Dr
Bethel, CT 06801
We all had a fantastic time in NY and this would not have been possible without your excellent knowledge and help. Hal was much better when we arrived back in the UK and hopefully the week off now will see him right.
The Empire State building was brilliant and the Ford Mustang with Fox news reporters added to the experience for us!
We would love you to take us around again when we return so we will be in touch. Thanks again for making our trip so memorable.
Our family had a super tour with Gary... we learned so much from him
in one day.. he was very personable, enthusiastic, passionate and a
wonderful ambassador!! for NYC.. we highly recommend any of his tours.
Scott Cunningham, U.S.A., Dec 12, 2011
This tour was exactly what we wanted. Gary was informative and
passionate about the history of New York. He communicated with our nine
year old daughter and kept her interest throughout the five and a bit
hours tour by relating to parts of the city she knew, which made the
distance we covered seemed less that we actually did. If we go to New
York again which we want to do we would definitely use Gary again.
William (Bill) Lord, U.K. October 24 2011
An anniversary gift from my girlfriend, we met Gary at the Cathedral
where he proceeded to give us a private tour of the Morningside Heights
and Bloomingdale areas of the Upper West Side. The tour was scheduled
for two hours, lasted three, but felt like an hour and a half. Gary's
immense knowledge of the neighborhood's history and architecture was
only exceeded by his enthusiasm. I highly recommend Gary's tour, and
will no doubt take another one myself. A scholar and gentleman through
Jacob Johnson & Jessica Snipes New York
Thank you so much Gary. Your tour was not only full of information
and also fun as well. We have a fantastic time touring NYC and will
highly recommend your services to anyone we know traveling to the city. -
Chris Kuiters, Australia July 12, 2011
On July 23 we took the See it All Tour with Gary. We had a great time! Gary is so knowledgeable about NYC. This is a great way to see the city.
Danny Garza, Laredo Texas July 2013
My daughter and I were new to NYC this July and Gary was a fabulous, kind, knowledgeable and very entertaining tour guide. He knew so much and made everyone feel comfortable. Would highly recommend and will take one of the other tours the next time we visit for sure.
KittyKat5, Orange County, CA. July 2013