Lower Manhattan Tours offers a variety of guided walking tours focused on the ever-changing Lower Manhattan. Lower Manhattan Tours caters to the entire lower Manhattan area and offers an assortment of tours that cover topics such as the 9/11 Memorial, Alexander Hamilton, the World Trade Center Architecture and in October, even a ghost tour!
A Lower Manhattan Exclusive
Lower Manhattan Tours began as Wall Street Walks and was founded in 2008 by Annaline Dinkelman, a Wall Street businesswoman with a background in technology.
“In 2008, I was the first person focusing on Wall Street and the Stock Market. I was passionate about the subject. Now I am really branding my tours from Wall Street to Lower Manhattan tours because there is so much more to see now than there was eight years ago. 9/11 brought a lot of attention and money to Lower Manhattan and therefore its so much bigger than it was before,” says Annaline.
As Lower Manhattan grew and evolved, so has Annaline’s tours. In busy downtown New York, there is so much going on all the time. As a tour guide, the street noise and commotion can easily distract from or drown out a live narrated tour. To avoid this, tour guides are required to take smaller groups with them on a tour so everyone can hear the stories being shared. Even then, the loud busy city atmosphere can be disruptive. To solve this problem, Annaline purchased AudioConexus’ wireless group tour solution, HearMe.
“The HearMe Tour Guide System helps me lead a much bigger group tour […] The HearMe devices are so much more elegant and when I watch people on my tours I can tell they are so much more engaged then on tours that are using amplification devices.”
The HearMe tour guide system’s noise cancelling boom microphone is designed to be used in loud and busy environments – such as Manhattan. It allows the tour guide to deliver the same clear, crisp, high quality audio to all members of a tour group, whether they are directly in front, or at the very back of a group. Tour goers also have the ability to adjust their headset to their preferred volume level.
Other types of systems, such as amplification, only increase the noise in an already noisy environment. Therefore, Annaline has the competitive edge using HearMe as tourists are less distracted on her tours.
“The HearMe tour guide system makes my tours much better. […] It makes a huge difference. […] If there’s one thing I wish we could do is, inform tourists about the difference between the HearMe and other types of amplification systems. People don’t realize how they’re missing out when they take tours because they can’t hear. With my tours I feel they get the full tour value and more,” says Annaline when asked about her tourist experience with HearMe.
A Multilingual Manhattan
At the end of 2015, Lower Manhattan Tours introduced Multi language tours to address a large increase in foreign language travellers – specifically German, French, and Spanish speakers.
New York is known for its major tourist destinations such as the Empire State Building and Broadway, and in 2014 it saw 56.5 million foreign visitors. Trends demonstrate that these numbers are likely to continue to grow from year to year.
“One of the things that I love about the HearMe is the multiple channels. It allows me to broadcast on channel 5 in English and broadcast on channel 6 in Spanish. Sometimes I also broadcast in French at the same time. We’re doing this trilingual tour all through the HearMe system,” says Annaline.
Using one of the HearMe’s speciality features, the auxiliary input, Annaline and her team are able to translate and record their tours in different languages. They use these tours to playback pre-recorded tour commentary to their foreign language guests while she’s giving the tour live in English.
“Many people that are travelling; their kids can speak English but the parents can’t. They love that the family can all enjoy the tour and participate all at the same time.”
Currently, Lower Manhattan Tours has begun to offer their tours in 6 languages – English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Annaline has begun to translate her tours into Mandarin and aims to debut them in the summer of 2016.
Annaline’s company is located on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York. It has been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence and has been added to Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame for 2015. In addition, they have been featured in Time Out New York, Associated Press, Spotlight, Neighbourhood Splice, USA Today, Battery Park City Broadsheet, Bloomberg, Globo, Haaretz, Harriet, The Sunday Telegraph, and Jewish World. Annaline hopes to continue expanding and creating more tours to cover Lower Manhattan as well as continuing to be able to offer as many languages as she can. We wish her continued success!
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