This was my first time to NYC, so it’s difficult to know where to begin. Thea’s tour gave my sisters and I a great orientation to the lay-out of the city and historical background of how the city evolved. She then took us to several of the icons of the city such as St. Patrick’s cathedral, Rockefeller center, the Flatiron, Grand Central Station, etc., but it was more than that–we learned about the architecture, the history, and the continuing struggle to preserve it. For example, while at Grand Central, she told us the story of Jackie Kennedy’s efforts to preserve the building, which as a history teacher was fascinating. She also took us to several places that were off the beaten path, but were treasures of the city. I especially enjoyed the walk through Greenwich village and soaking in the flavor of that neighborhood and its history. Thea also introduced us to some of the best places to eat in New York. I now know how to eat pizza like a New Yorker! The best part was the fact that Thea had our group’s interests in mind. She knew I loved history and emphasized that. Two of my sisters are math teachers, so she made sure they saw the Museum of Math. It was a wonderful day and helped us decide what we wanted to do for the remainder of our time in the city. I would highly recommend doing this tour at the beginning of your trip to NYC.
Wendy K – Corvallis, Oregon, United States