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NYC Encounters

Walking & Virtual Tours
Art, Architecture, History & Trivia

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Private Walking Tours

Visiting NYC?

Book a private tour! Choose from a selection of in-person

walking tours for your group. 

 Two-hour Walking Tour

$200 for up to 4 people. 

$35 for each additional attendee, max of 15 people 


Other neighborhoods, Street Art, Art Gallery, or Art Museums tours 

can be customized for your group! 

Two-hour Custom Tour

$300 for up to 4 people

$35 for each additional attendee, max of 15 people 

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The Slow Down Tour of

Grand Central Terminal

2-hr Walking Tour

No need to rush through Grand Central Terminal on this slow down tour exploring the history, architecture, and stories of NYC's landmarked Beaux Arts jewel.

Gilded Age Mansions
of Museum Mile

2-hr Walking Tour

Stroll up Fifth Avenue from the Frick Collection to the Cooper Hewitt Museum seeing the turn-of-the-20th century homes and hearing the stories of their wealthy owners, familiar names like Pulitzer, Whitney, Carnegie, and more!

Highlights of

Central Park

2-hr Walking Tour

Hitting the major attractions of Central Park, this tour will highlight the structures, sculptures, and history of this magnificent urban space within Manhattan.

Gilded Age Department Stores
of Ladies Mile

2-hr Walking Tour

As we take the steps of women of the 1890s who window shopped on 6th Avenue, we'll look up at the magnificent architecture of the department stores of the Gilded Age with names long gone, like Siegel-Cooper, and some still hanging on, like Macy’s.

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Poems, Oreos, & Cowboys: History of Chelsea & the High Line

2-hr Walking Tour

What do the Night Before Christmas, Oreos, and cowboys in New York City have in common? Learn that and much more as you take this two-hour walk through the history of Chelsea and the High Line listening to the stories of this revitalized area of restaurants, high-end shops, art galleries and mid-19th century brownstones.

Herald Square,

Empire State Building, & The New Moynihan Hall

2-hr Walking Tour

This unappreciated neighborhood is more than just Macy's and Madison Square Garden. If you look up, so much of the historical early 20th architecture is still there from Beaux Arts hotels to the Empire State Building's Art Deco, and newly revitalized Moynihan Hall.

Grand Central's "Terminal City," 

East 42nd Street, and Bryant Park

2-hr Walking Tour

When NY Central's RR sunk their tracks underground, a new neighborhood was planned around Grand Central Terminal—"Terminal City." Learn about the development of this area of Beaux Arts and Art Deco architecture, then walk down 42nd to explore Bryant Park.

Custom Neighborhood, Art Gallery, 

Art Museum, or

Street Art Tours

2-hr Art Tour

Specially developed for your group including the latest exhibitions, you can choose a tour of galleries, an art museum (MoMA, Whitney, Frick, Guggenheim), or neighborhood street art (Chelsea, Greenwich Village). This tour can be customized for families with kids 10-years and up.

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Not in New York City? How about a virtual tour or webinar?

Choose from the offerings for your private group or fundraising event

One-hour online Webinar (your platform or mine)

$100 for up to 10 people

$5 for each additional attendee, no max

(Recorded replay available)

One-hour Custom online Webinar (your platform or mine)

$200 for up to 10 people

$5 for each additional attendee, no max

(Recorded replay available)

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Grand Central Terminal

4-Part Series


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History of

Grand Central Terminal

1-hr Highlights

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Grand Central's "Terminal City"


History of the

New York Public Library


History of Central Park

3-Part Series



History of Central Park

1-hr Highlights

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Gilded Age Mansions of Museum Mile

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Gilded Age Department Stores of Ladies Mile

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History of the 

Original Penn Station

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History of the

Empire State Building

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Poems, Oreos, & Cowboys

History of Chelsea

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Color: Culture, Science, & History

3-part Series


 Red, Yellow, & Blue

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"Ginny is always a delightfully knowledgeable
and engaging tour guide. The subject matter is always intriguing and often surprising! I'd never thought about the buildings in NYC having such a fun history."

"For this webinar,
Ginny did her research.
I could picture the 
Empire State Building right in front of me."

"Great & varied info in a relaxed setting - Ginny's voice & style were very calming!"

"I really enjoyed this webinar and I definitely learned a lot."

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A Love Affair with
New York City

A Native New Yorker

From the time I was a little kid from Whitestone, Queens, I loved going on excursions into “the city.” I’ve been in love with NYC ever since—the architecture, the history, the stories, and probably most of all, the energy. After living in other places in the States and raising my family in Westchester county, I am now a full-time Manhattan resident. I have immersed myself in learning more about this great city— the fun, the quirky, and the fascinating— and now dedicated to passing it on to YOU.

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Ginny Poleman


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