Guided by Voices

NEW YORK — Opium dens, gambling parlors, mafia hangouts and funeral homes are the kind of urban spots no tourist riding atop a double-decker bus will ever see. But for curious New Yorkers and bold visitors who cringe at the idea of chugging...

Additional tours of the Lower East Side, Times Square, DUMBO and the meatpacking district will also be available at APT and the Mercer Hotel for $25 each over the next few months. And along the same lines, Soundwalk will launch tours of Rome’s Campo de Fiori district in October and Paris’ Saint Germain and Strasbourg Saint-Denis at end of September, each narrated by locals who strive to maintain the personality of place.

"In the tour of Saint Germain, it sounds like the actress who narrates the tour is sitting beside you in the Café Flore," says Crasneanscki. "Then, with the perfect accent in that arrogant Parisian way, she says she’ll take you on a tour. You know — like she’s doing you a favor."
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