Reviews for The Counter Cultural Tour of NYC

Sonia S.

Michael was a great and informative guide! He took us around Lower Manhattan and explained a lot of the history of NYC we'd never heard of. Not only is he knowledgeable on the history of protesting and the counter-culture through the ages but he was there when Occupy Wall Street was going on and gave a lot of personal details. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Marypat C.

Mikey was amazing. He is a wealth of information and passionate about what he knows. I wish I lived closer so he could teach us more! I will recommend Mikey to anyone I know traveling to NYC. Mp Green

Audrey S.

Our family really enjoyed Michael's tour. He pointed out so many fascinating things that we would have never noticed in a million years! The history was enlightening and also very fun. We would recommend the Counter-Cultural Tour.....there's definitely more to the area than meets the eye!

Saeko K.

He knows much about old history and the latest counter-culture in NY. I was so interested in his topics! He gave us some of hidden stories in NY. This tour is one of kind!!


Had a great tour with Michael. he is fountain of knowledge. knows a lot about the city history including lots of names dates and other interesting tales and stories. Michael is also a very nice guy. I would recommend this tour to anyone who have interest in history and would like to see the city from a different angle Moshe

Vicki B.

Michael did a great job offering a counter-cultural, offbeat tour of New York City that included both alternate histories about many sights with an encyclopedic knowledge of New York history, and a blend of his own experiences as a participant in Occupy Wall Street, a photojournalist, as well as his family ties to 9-11. Really great, interesting tour that you won't get with any other guide. If you're looking for something off the beaten path, this it it!

Nara R.

Having a tour with Michael was great! First thing to be highlighted is his punctuality, which I like. He does know a lot about the financial district/lower Manhattan area. So be sure you won't listen to a memorized discourse or follow any rigid script. The fact the we could discuss our path, where to go first and so on just confirmed that. It was really cool feeling that I had a very unique tour. Michael is very passionate when he remembers the important events, rebellions and uprisings that took place there and that motivates who is following the tour with him. His critical perspective adds leads you to discussions that cannot be seen everywhere and enriches you with extra knowledge. I definitely learned a lot in this special tour.

Patti B.

Michael is certainly a knowledgable and experienced guide and we thoroughly enjoyed his tour. He has accumulated historical pictures that add to the experience. He is also a delightful touring companion.

Jeff Tastes

The other week I had the opportunity to join Michael on his tour of the Counter-Culture of New York. The history he shows you, the behind the scenes and the back-stories, is unending. Michael is a true local, with a deep connection to Occupy Wall Street. It's great to walk around with him and get his point of view of the current state of the union, with a firm grasp of our nation's roots, told and untold. This is a great tour for anyone interested in politics and history, especially the underbelly of it all, in NYC.

Jessica B.

Found this tour (and website) while looking for a fun activity for some friends who were in town visiting. This was definitely a unique experience! I now consider the downtown/old NYC area one of the most interesting areas in Manhattan - and I didn't realize that until going through this tour! I would certainly recommend this for history buffs and those who want something more than the traditional "NYC highlights that we already know" bus tour. Not only is Michael a true historian and wealth of knowledge, but he was very attentive and engaging before and during the tour - responding promptly to my requests for information and confirming plans the day of. We even enjoyed some food and drinks at a great little dive bar to wrap up the activity!

Melani D.

The description of this tour is on point. This excursion gave us plenty of WOW moments. Michael has an incredible knowledge of the city. We loved how this tour gave us history in the contact of the good, the bad and the ugly. We recommend this tour to those who like walking, history and hearing the local's perspective. Good Job Michael!!

Marcia T.

We had a fabulous time walking around NY with Michael! I was amazed at the knowledge of the tiniest details this young man had and would definitely recommend him to anyone going to the city. He's really enjoyable to listen to, and is very patient with children (and adults) I especially liked his trick with the pigeons at Zuccotti Park and he even let us tag along for rice pudding after the tour! You were right Michael, they have the best!! I find it so nice that someone this young has put so much effort into finding out every little thing, and was truly amazed at his knowledge! Thank you, your tour was one of the best parts of our trip, and I would gladly take one again!!

Evelyne D.

I very much enjoyed discovering Lower Manhattan through the eyes of Michael. His work and passion as a social activist combine with plenty of non-mainstream historical facts. He is well read and a thorough guide, who knows his facts. The difference between Michael's tour and the average tour, is that Michael makes you think of all of the rebels and their rebellious acts that have brought change to the city over more than 400 years. No matter what your views are, do not miss this unique opportunity to walk through the birthplace of New York city in knowledgeable hands with a quirky and strong personality that will make you think! Forget about the mainstream bus tours, and go for a walk with the tour guide who has a mohawk!

Justin S.

Great way to explore an often over looked area of New York City with a personable native. Enjoyed the interactive style & Michael's ability to relate the sites to our interests. Would take again.

Emily W.

What an awesome tour! Michael P. is truly a first rate tour guide, historian and passionate native New Yorker. Immediately upon meeting him in City Hall Park, his first question for us was "what are you most interested in seeing and learning about?". He was so open to personalizing the experience and tailoring our walking excursion to our individual interests. Rather than offering a canned or scripted "touristy" tour, Michael took us on a fascinating journey through the both known and little-known historical points of interest in Old NYC. He masterfully wove a tapestry that combined architectural, historical, political and cultural details with stories of unrest, uprisings and the American struggle for peace, freedom and justice. With each corner we turned or narrow cobblestone street we walked down, Michael would captivate us with historical facts and tales of human triumph. There is perhaps no better way to explore New York City than on foot - rather than a crowded tour bus...and there is no better guide than Michael Pellagatti.

Stacey T.

Michael is the BEST tour guide in NYC EVERrr!! I went to NYC for the first time wanting to see it all and I did! Also, as a bonus I received an attention grabbing history lesson. Don't be afraid to speak up and let Michael know your expectations of the tour. If you have a site in mind that you must see let Michael know. He adapts very well and will make sure you have the best tour experience. Michael is very professional and takes his job seriously, you will not be disappointed.

Adriana N.

Proud to say I was Michael's first walking tour around old NYC. As a native New Yorker, to have a man who is part of history guide me through the nooks and crannies of downtown New York City is just an absolute honor and thrill! Michael is a full fledge encyclopedia, historian and a bad ass political activist who knows every detail about NY. He continues to blow your mind with his abundant knowledge on NYC's radical history! Any tourist, traveler or native New Yorker needs to meet Michael. He's a gem. Catch him while he's hot! You will not regret it.

Scott F.

The best tour in NYC given by the best tour guide in NYC. This is a must for everyone. The tour is radically unique. You will DEFINITELY get things on this tour that you will NEVER get on any other tour. Mike is smart, passionate, hard-working, funny, innovative, experienced, inviting, and inclusive. He even communicates with animals quite effectively. How? Take the tour to find out!

Justin W.

A must-do for history buffs, rebels, dreamers, or just about anyone who wants an alternative look at the streets of New York City over the years. Michael is a fountain of interesting and quirky facts and historical anecdotes and it's just a pleasure to walk and explore with him!

Linda S.

I am frequently in the downtown and Wall Street area of NYC. I have seen MANY walking tours and eavsdropped on a handful. These are large groups of 20 or more tourists with one speaker at the front who no one can hear pointing out some of the most boring or obvious things--things you can learn just looking at a map. I have also had the pleasure of talking with Mr. Michael P. He is not just a tour guide; he is a historian...but not a boring historian! Michael is filled with an unending wealth of details about both old and recent New York City. He dismisses the myths with reality, and I have never been so entertained learning historical facts about off beat and unque places. He has such a passion for what he does that it is impossible to feel bored. I kept wondering what surprise he will talk about next!. Michael P. will take you on a safe, customizable tour so if you have a particular interest in a topic he can focus on that. I am not at all surprised he scored so high on the NYC tour guide test. If you learn about this test you discover it is HARD and requires lots of study. Michael P. knows his facts; but he also knows all those other little things---the quirky personalities and unique and secret counter-culture stuff that is the real soul of the city. Trust me, skip the tour bus and highly commercialized walking tours and meet ths gentleman. You will not be dissapointed. I felt like I made a friend and could engage in lively discussion about things rather than just a passive member of a large annoying group. Fun fun fun and interesting! I bet if I took another tour with him, I could see a whole new set of things and learn even more of the stuff you won't find in a guide book or typical walking or bus tour. I suspect this man's popularity is taking off quickly so don't miss the chance for a REAL tour, packed full of the usual and the unusual stuff the average visitor never sees!