Big Apple Fanatics Tours

Experience the Big Apple with a fourth generation New Yorker who brings history to life. The walks were created for those that love the history of New York.

They can be in the cozy lobby of the landmark Algonquin Hotel, standing inside a fort built in 1794 on Governors Island, or exploring the heroes of Cypress Hills National Cemetery. Founder Kevin Fitzpatrick is an expert on everything from cannons to cocktails, and has written extensively about the Jazz Age in Manhattan as well as authors, actors, and soldiers. All guides who work with the company also share his passion for history and literature.

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Photos from Big Apple Fanatics Tours's post 09/24/2021

Secrets of Governors Island Walking Tour is Saturday. Come see where the bodies are (actually) buried. Meet in Battery Maritime Building at 10:30 am. Get tickets here:


When I lead walking tours of Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, I always visit the grave of this illustrator: “July Fourth” - cover art by J. C. Leyendecker from “The American Weekly” magazine; July 4, 1948. He is buried next to his brother, Frank, also an artist, and parents. Happy Independence Day 🇺🇸💥#travel

When I lead walking tours of Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, I always visit the grave of this illustrator: “July Fourth” - cover art by J. C. Leyendecker from “The American Weekly” magazine; July 4, 1948. He is buried next to his brother, Frank, also an artist, and parents. Happy Independence Day 🇺🇸💥#travel

Photos from Big Apple Fanatics Tours's post 07/03/2021

The National Park Service announced the Governors Island National Monument will reopen tomorrow after its long closure. It will only be open weekends from July until October. We are booking tours to it now.


Updating the calendar is ongoing. Everything from cocktail tours and trips to Governors Island. Like our page and subscribe!


A great tour of Broadway and Vaudeville History in Times Square. Our first tourist from California in more than a year. Time to take a NYC trip!

A great tour of Broadway and Vaudeville History in Times Square. Our first tourist from California in more than a year. Time to take a NYC trip!


If you are on Twitter join us at 9 PM ET Wednesday 1/20 for a special #ParkChat where Big Apple Fanatics Tours is the host. The theme is the Inauguration and the chat will be all things presidential. NYC has lots of ties, of course! Just go to the hashtag #ParkChat and join in the conversation.


Merry Christmas from Rock Center!


Happy Turkey Day from the Babe and Big Apple Fanatics Tours!


We had such a wonderful tour yesterday, we are doing it again on Black Friday! Noon in Times Square for Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald tour, everything Gatsby and their personal lives #travel


Next walking tour is Sunday 11/22 at Noon: Dorothy Parker's Upper West Side. We use WiFi smartphone app so you can hear crystal clear from a block away what the guide is saying with a mask on. Explore the world of Dorothy Parker from the 1890s-1930s. Tickets on sale now for a small group.


In this global health crisis, your safety is of paramount importance. Your health and the health of those around you on a tour is something that is taken seriously. The Big Apple Fanatics Tours policy and procedures, until further notice:

*All tours are small groups of no more than 15 or less;
*All participants and the guides wear a mask at all times;
*All tours are conducted outside;
*All participants can use a brand-new technology for safety:

In November 2020, Big Apple Fanatics Tours was among the first in the U.S. to fully adopt, test, and implement a brand-new technology from Vox Group: wireless tours from the guide’s smartphone to your personal smartphone. The way this works is the guide uses a microphone and a private internet stream to broadcast the tour directly to your own smartphone. The guide is the transmitter, the guest is the receiver. The guests use their personal ear buds, headphones, or headset (bring them to the tour, or a basic plug-in earphone is available for phones with proper jacks). The broadcast distance is up to 500 feet from the guide’s transmission. In this way, even though the guide is wearing a mask and yards away, none of the tour information is lost in a crystal-clear communication with no latency. The guests can spread out more than ten feet apart and not miss any of the tour. This service is provided free by Big Apple Fanatics Tours.

Photo credits: Peter Nagy.


I had a fantastic tour today of Woodlawn Cemetery that I led of WWI Veterans Graves. Thank you Woodlawn Conservancy


November 15 at Noon come on a walking tour of Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, the only US burial grounds in the 5 boroughs. Advance tickets on sale now. Free for vets.


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I updated my tour calendar: World War I Manhattan Sites (Nov 10), Cypress Hills National Cemetery Brooklyn (Nov 15, 28, Dec 19), Dorothy Parker's Upper West Side (Nov 22, 29, Dec 12), Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald's Manhattan (Nov 27, Dec 20). Get tickets here, thank you! 09/23/2020

Secrets of Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald’s Manhattan Tour

Walking tour on Thursday, 9/24. Our first one since March. Tickets available here! Celebrate the life of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald on a walking tour on the centennial of their marriage, seeing Jazz Age NYC sites.


Save the date! Wednesday, May 28, 7pm, I am leading a virtual tour of The Bronx with WFUV Radio. Watch from home, we'll be talking about many of the places from my award-winning book "111 Places In The Bronx That You Must Not Miss." Watch via



Thank you Hulafrog for including us on your show!

Have more family fun this weekend with these virtual family events, Mother's Day Movies, fabulous family deals & more.


What are Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks doing? They are letting you know that the virtual tour of WWI New York City sites is today at 11:00 AM. See scores of sites related to the war. Tickets on EventCombo 05/05/2020

Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour to the Flame

Take a live virtual tour to climb to the torch of the Statue of Liberty. A one hour guided tour with a tour guide who has been there 350 times. Perfect for remote learning kids at home. Book tickets now; tours offered LIVE Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00 AM ET. The Statue of Liberty—like all New York City sights--is temporarily closed to visitors. However, now you can visit the iconic international landmark from the...


With so many New York landmarks closed, the only way to tour them is by a virtual visit from your computer or other device. Today we launched the Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour to the Flame. This 60-minute tour explores the history and creation of the landmark, plus we climb to the top of the pedestal, into the crown, and up a 40-foot ladder inside the right arm to the torch.


Virtual Tours of New York City

The virtual tour calendar is here. I am the creator of the virtual tour to the Statue of Liberty’s flame, Babe Ruth Slept Here, Dorothy Parker’s NY, the Algonquin Round Table Tour, and World War I New York. See the calendar and book tickets here.


This is a 1902 brick from the Algonquin Hotel. Why did the hotel GM give it to author Kevin Fitzpatrick 8 years ago? Found out today on the virtual Algonquin Round Table tour at 2pm. Tickets here on #newyorkcity #tour


Algonquin Round Table Tour

Live stream of my walking tour of Jazz Age NYC.


Take the famous Algonquin Round Table Walking Tour.. from your couch. Author Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, president of the Dorothy Parker Society, will be offering the tour to stream live on your computer, phone, tablet, or dog.

Travel back in time to a grand metropolis of daring flappers, silent movies, and raucous Broadway crowds.This is where Dorothy Parker and her cohorts at the Algonquin Round Table sharpened their wit and captured the spirit of their age. Here, Vanity Fair editor Robert Benchley became a stage comedian. Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman collaborated on hit shows. Herman Mankiewicz saw it all and put it into his screenplay for Citizen Kane.

We will visit the speakeasies, theaters, and homes of the Vicious Circle: ALL online. Join Kevin as he shows you photos and memorabilia from his collection.


Announcing Kevin's Quarantine Tours

I am going to offer my Algonquin Round Table walking tour.. from my house. You can watch live Sunday, 15 March: 2 PM Eastern (GMT -4), 11 AM Pacific, 6 PM London, 7 PM Paris & Rome. Please tune in whether your are quarantined or not!


I'm going to be giving tours... from home.


Take a private tour with us that includes visiting New York City’s newest landmark: The Vessel at Hudson Yards. Climb to the top with us for an amazing view of New York and New Jersey #thevessel #thevesselnyc #walkingtour #travel #travelnyc #travelblogger #traveltheworld #NYC #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #manhattan #ilovenyc #visitnyc #nycvisit #nyctour #sightseeing #instatravel #tour #tourguide #travelguide #privatetour #travelgram #traveling #traveler #bigapplefanaticstours @ The Vessel 01/09/2020

Big Apple Fanatics Tours – Explore New York City History & Sites

Multiple tours added from January to June. Algonquin Round Table, Dorothy Parker, Times Square History, Upper West Side, Governors Island. Full schedule is here. Come along on a walking tour with me. About Us Secrets of Governors Island Big Apple Fanatics Tours was established in 1999 to offer history and literary walking tours of New York City. All of our tours are unique and written, researched, and refined by us. You won’t find these same walks given by another tour company. Big Apple Fanat...


Private tour this morning at The Met. Skip the line with us and our guides take you right to #thegoodstuff you’ll not want to miss! #metropolitanmuseumofart #egypt #fashion #vintagestyle #vintageclothing #walkingtour #travel #travelnyc #travelblogger #traveltheworld #NYC #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #manhattan #ilovenyc #visitnyc #nycvisit #nyctour #sightseeing #instatravel #tour #tourguide #travelguide #privatetour #travelgram #traveling #bigapplefanaticstours @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Central Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux fought plans to place gates at the entrances to the park. As a compromise there are 20 named gates, but no giant iron entrances to pass under. Farmers’ Gate is on the northern entrance @centralparknyc on 110th Street. You can take a private walking tour with us to talk history with one of our guides. #harlem #centralpark #walkingtour #travel #travelnyc #travelblogger #traveltheworld #NYC #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #manhattan #ilovenyc #visitnyc #nycvisit #nyctour #sightseeing #instatravel #tour #tourguide #travelguide #privatetour #travelgram #traveling #traveler #bigapplefanaticstours


Winter Walking Tours are the best. Book a private tour for yourself with friends, family, co-workers. Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn. Visit #CentralPark & #Harlem and more for amazing photos & learn history. #linkinbio to contact us 🍎📸 #walkingtour #travel #travelnyc #travelblogger #traveltheworld #NYC #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #manhattan #ilovenyc #visitnyc #nycvisit #nyctour #sightseeing #instatravel #tour #tourguide #travelguide #privatetour #travelgram #traveling #traveler #bigapplefanaticstours


Learn the history of Times Square & the Theatre District on a walking tour. Stories galore, great for all ages. #linkinbio for schedule or book a private tour #walkingtour #travel #travelnyc #travelblogger #traveltheworld #NYC #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #manhattan #ilovenyc #visitnyc #nycvisit #nyctour #sightseeing #instatravel #tour #tourguide #travelguide #privatetour #travelgram #traveling #traveler #bigapplefanaticstours #timessquare #timessquarenyc


Thanks to everyone who took a guided tour with Big Apple Fanatics Tours in 2019! More coming in 2020 #linkinbio to see what’s offered. Happy New Year, explore NYC us #walkingtour #travel #travelnyc #travelblogger #traveltheworld #NYC #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #manhattan #ilovenyc #visitnyc #nycvisit #nyctour #sightseeing #instatravel #tour #tourguide #travelguide #privatetour #travelgram #traveling #traveler #bigapplefanaticstours #newyear #best9of2019 #bestnine #nps #findyourpark


Look who we met today before our tour! Are you getting coal this year? Giving a tour is easy with a gift certificate link on our site #linkinbio to purchase. Santa can’t bring you a tour #walkingtour #travel #travelnyc #travelblogger #traveltheworld #NYC #newyork #newyorkcity #newyorker #manhattan #ilovenyc #visitnyc #nycvisit #nyctour #sightseeing #instatravel #tour #tourguide #travelguide #privatetour #travelgram #traveling #traveler #bigapplefanaticstours #santa #mrandmrs #mrandmrsclaus #christmas

Our Story

New York City is rich with clandestine history, stories rarely heard but kept alive by unassuming locals. To experience all of its secrets, one must seek out an NYC expert -- a true native to the concrete jungle. Luckily, such a man does exist. He’s written eight books, and is a member of the exclusive Guides Association of New York. Mr. Kevin C. Fitzpatrick of Big Apple Fanatics Tours is the ultimate guide. Since 1999, he’s been divulging the city’s biography, with a specialty for pre-WWII history. Experience the magic of the Big Apple from the esteemed point of view of a true New Yorker.

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