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Gabby Hammond

Gabby has been a tour guide in NYC for four years and can't imagine living anywhere else in the world. Her favorite tour to give covers Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial because she loves talking about Dutch New Amsterdam and bringing guests to Trinity Church. When not giving tours, you will probably find her ushering at the Public Theater or drinking bubble tea.

Posts by Gabby:


How to Walk the Brooklyn Bridge From Manhattan and Brooklyn

Since 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has been one of NYC’s most popular landmarks. Spanning across the East River, the opening of the bridge revolutionized travel between boroughs and…


Top Things to Do in DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn has some of New York’s most exciting sites and neighborhoods. One of the most famous, DUMBO, has earned quite the fan base, partially due to its catchy…


Vessel: Interactive Art Installation With Views of NYC

For years the western edge of midtown Manhattan, known as Hudson Yards, was considered one of the city’s least interesting neighborhoods. That all changed in 2015 with the…


The Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC

Love is in the air! Whether it’s with friends, a special someone, or solo, Valentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate that joyous feeling that makes life worthwhile.…


Guided Tours During COVID-19: Tips and Trends

This year has been scary and unpredictable for everyone. Even now, as things are slowly heading back toward normalcy, you might still be hesitant and nervous to spend…


When To Take a Guided Tour (and When Not To)

As a tour guide, I will be the first to admit that there’s a lot of stereotypes about guided tours that are true. Good and bad. They definitely…


The Best Things to Do in NYC in December

December in New York City is the most magical time of the year. No other city in the world celebrates the holidays quite like NYC. If you’re planning…


12 Attractions You Must Not Miss in NYC

So you’re ready to explore New York! Whether you’re planning for a weekend or you’ve been here for years, there’s so much to see that you’d need a…


The 8 Best Parks in NYC (Besides Central Park)

Sure, New York City is an urban landscape with skyscrapers and big-city lights, but we’ve got plenty of parks, too — and I mean besides Central Park. In…


The Complete Empire State Building Guide: Know Before You Go

The Empire State Building is on most visitors’ must-do list when coming to New York City. It’s world-famous, and over 4 million people visit each year. Thanks to…


NYC Trio: Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock, and Fifth Avenue

Ice skating. High-end shopping. Beautiful views. Elegant art. There are a lot of things to love about Rockefeller Center. Like many of the best sights in New York,…


Guide to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Where NYC Remembers

Easily one of the top attractions in all of New York City, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum exists today as a place of remembrance right in the center…


The 5 Most Famous People Buried in Trinity Churchyard

Trinity Church is one of New York’s oldest and most historical buildings. Having been built before even the Revolutionary War, the land has been visited by countless individuals…


NYC Neighborhood Name Quiz

Can you guess what these NYC neighborhood’s actually stand for? SoHo: The name SoHo actually stands for South of Houston street. It was coined in the early 1960s…


“No, that’s not the Brooklyn Bridge- that’s the Verrazano-Narrows!”

Spanning the distance between Brooklyn and Staten Island, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is undoubtedly one of New York’s most impressive architectural monuments. Unfortunately, most people mistake it for the…


New York’s First Island

Officially recognized as the birthplace of the state of New York, Governor’s Island has arguably more history than any other street, neighborhood or borough in the city. Today…


How Fort Amsterdam turned into Battery Park

Located at the southernmost point of Manhattan, Battery Park, otherwise known as “The Battery” has followed New York’s history from its very beginnings. The earliest residents of Manhattan,…


New York City’s Oldest Castle

If you asked any local New Yorker, 90% of them would probably have no idea where or even what Castle Clinton is. Standing at the foot of Battery Park,…


History of the Feast of San Gennaro

Every September Little Italy completely transforms into a haven of food, festivities and fun during the lively Feast of San Gennaro. As a highlight of the city every…


Labor Day Weekend in NYC

New York City has a long and storied history associated with Labor Day. As a holiday, it is a time to celebrate and honor the journey of the American…


Statue of Liberty Ticket Options

Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a must when you visit New York. No other monument encapsulates the city so well. For over 130 years she has stood,…


NYC Summer Streets 2018

New York City summers are always filled with amazing events and celebrations. One of the best falls on the first three Saturdays in August, right in the full…


NYC Tips Most Tourists Won’t Know

Navigating the streets and the people of New York City is no joke. There’s a reason the city has such a reputation. But the beauty of New York…


Memorial Day Weekend in NYC

Even though summer doesn’t officially hit for another month, Memorial Day Weekend feels like the real start of summer in the city. The beaches re-open, parks are filled…


One Day NYC Tour Itinerary

The One Day Tour is a 6 hour tour throughout NYC, including many of the major sites of the city. You will travel by foot, subway & ferry…


8 Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in NYC

If you happen to be in town for Saint Patrick’s Day, get ready for one of the city’s wildest, rowdiest and funnest days of the year. There’s no…


Top Lesser-Known Sights to Visit in the Bronx & Staten Island

Diving even deeper into the lesser-known New York, consider making a stop in the Bronx or Staten Island. You’ll most likely encounter places many Manhattanites have never been,…


Top Lesser-Known Sights to Visit in Queens & Brooklyn

Continuing the journey into the unknown of New York, you cannot possibly exclude Queens and Brooklyn. Two of New York’s most vibrant boroughs, and the two largest in…


Top Lesser-Known Sights to Visit in Manhattan

Some of the most amazing attractions in the world can be found in New York . The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, The Metropolitan Museum of…


Best Places for Shopping in NYC

It’s no secret that New York City is one of the top fashion capitals of the world. For years, 5th Avenue has reflected that with its’ array of…


Best Time of Year to Visit New York

Let’s start by saying, no matter what, New York City is always active. It’s the city that never sleeps, and that is true no matter what the weather…


3 Perfect Days in NYC with NYT1

Traveling to a new city can be both exciting and stressful. It’s exciting to go somewhere new, to see and try new things. But it can be stressful…


Fun Activities for Teenagers in NYC

Being a teenager is tough in general, and also quite tricky when you are on vacation. In a city like New York, there are many places that are…


Guide to Preparing for a Trip to New York

Itching for a trip back to New York? Never been, but dying to go? Planning any kind of trip is a series of steps and questions. For each…


Meet Emma Lazarus: The Woman Who Crafted the Legendary Poem of Statue of Liberty

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” These are the powerful words that Emma Lazarus wrote while envisioning the majesty that would…


8 Must Sees Along The High Line

The High Line is one of New York’s newest and most exciting attractions. Elevated 30 feet in the air, this former railroad has transformed into a modern, peaceful…


Annie Moore: Ellis Island’s First Immigrant

When Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892, the gates of America were opened for millions of people all over the world. For one woman in particular,…


Ellis Island in Numbers

1. Over 12 million immigrants entered the Unites States through the portal of Ellis Island. 2. Between 1880 and 1930, over 27 million people entered America. 44.44% of them came through Ellis…


3 Reasons to Take a Guided Walking Tour

There’s a lot that goes into planning a trip. Especially in a city as dense and entertaining as New York. No doubt, amidst your research you have probably…


3 Tips For Visiting Rockefeller Center During the Holidays

Rockefeller Center during the holidays is without compare. The brightest lights, the most amazing decorations and also the most insane crowds. It’s estimated that almost 800,000 people will…


8 Famous Ellis Island Immigrants

Over 14 million people came to America through Ellis Island. It’s one of America’s most historical and prominent landmarks. Almost half of the United States population would not…


8 Best Places to Spend Christmas in NYC

Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are both great times to be in New York City. While many other towns across the…