Did you know that it costs about $4 million to take out an ad in Times Square for a year? Or that Sir Elton John has played at Madison Square Garden 62 times? How about that Macy's has the second largest shoe collection the world, with 300,000 pairs? For those interested in such things – and lots of other New York City and celebrity trivia – the TMZ Tour might be your favorite new Manhattan attraction.
From the same people who created the celebrity gossip web site and similarly irreverent (that’s putting it mildly…) TV show, comes a tour specifically designed for the celeb-obsessed. The buses come equipped with video monitors that play clips from previous television episodes, and tour guides take it from there. Some of the tour guides have even been on the show itself, and are just as punchy, witty, and downright vulgar – TMZ founder Harvey Levin would be proud. The tone of the tour mimics the show, so if you are traveling with children (depending on their age), it's probably not the best idea to bring them with you on the tour.
Travel from Times Square to SoHo, and Chelsea to the West Village, where you'll see the apartments of celebs like Jay Z and Beyoncé, Uma Thurman, Katie Holmes, and the late Heath Ledger. Find out which park Sarah Jessica Parker takes her twins to, and which club Lindsay Lohan frequents (and is frequently thrown out of).
Guests are encouraged to celebrity spot during the tour, too, so you could catch a glimpse of Katie Holmes taking Suri to gymnastics practice at the NY Trapeze School, or Lady Gaga returning to her roots at The Bitter End nightclub. (Our guide recommended the Meatpacking District for the city's best celeb-spotting in general.)
The two hour tour costs $49 for adults and $39 for children 11 and under. Tours run Monday–Friday at 10am or 1pm, and Saturday–Sunday at 1pm or 4pm.
Would you go on the TMZ tour?