ADVENTURE ON A SHOESTRING
"Splendid Grand Central Station," Sat. at 2:45; "Stylish Gramercy Park," Sat. at 4:30; "Haunted Greenwich Village," Sun. at 12; "Little Odessa," Sun at 2:45, "Colorful Chinatown," Sun. at 5:45; 212-265-2663 for res. & meeting place; all tours $5.
Big onion walking tours
This week it's "Soho & Nolita at Twilight," Thurs. at 1; "Immigrant New York," Fri. at 1; "Historic Lower Manhattan," Sat. at 1; "Central Park at Twilight," Sat. at 5; "Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour," Sun. at 1; 212-439-1090 for meeting place; $12, $10 st/sc.
BROOKLYN CENTER FOR URBAN DEVELOPMENT
"Back to Bushwick," Sat. at 11; "Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Prowl," Sun. at 11; 718-788-8500 ext.401 for meeting place; $8, $5 st.
CENTRAL PARK TOURS
"History of Central Park's Northern End," Sat. at 11; "Conservatory Garden," every Sat. at 12 [through 10/1]; "Views from Past," Sat. at 1; "Paws, Pens & Purity: Sculpture in Central Park," Sun. at 1; 212-360-2727 for meeting place; free.
UNION SQUARE: A RADICAL GATHERING PLACE
Architectural historian Arthur Marks leads tour through historic neighborhood followed afternoon tea; meet at Washington Square Hotel, 103 Waverly Pl. (University Pl.), 212-254-1200; Sat. at 1:30, $20.
FOODS OF NEW YORK
"A Food Adventure of Greenwich Village" explores restaurants & specialty shops both new & old; 732-636-4650 or firstname.lastname@example.org for res. & meeting place; Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 11:30-1:30, $25 incl. lunch.
478 acres of lakes, plants, birds & famous resting places; 718-469-5277; meet inside main entrance at 5th Ave. (25th St.), Bklyn., Sun. at 1, $6.
Joyce Gold Tours
Tours led by professor of Manhattan history, Joyce Gold. This week "Tribeca?The Creative Explosion," Sat. at 1; meet at Duane Park, Duane St. (Hudson St.); 212-242-5762; $12.
GREENWICH village literary pub crawl
Actors from The New Ensemble Theater Co. lead tour of four pubs giving literary histories & performances. Stops incl. Chumley's, the Cornelia St. Cafe, McBell's, the Cedar Tavern & the White Horse Tavern; meet at the White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson St. (11th St.), 212-613-5796; Sat. at 2, $12, $9 st./s.c.
GREENWICH VILLAGE PUB CRAWL
Guided tours of NY music clubs. "3 Blues Bands," Thurs.; "Rock & Blues," Sat.; "Dixieland, Jazz, r&b," Mon.; 212-875-7019 for res., times & meeting place, $20 incl. live music.
I'll take manhattan
This week it's Chinatown with stops at Mahayana Buddhist Temple, Quong Yen Shing (oldest store in Chinatown) & Dr. Sun Yat Sen's secret headquarters; meet at SE corner of B'way & Canal St., 732-270-5277; Sun. at 1, $10.
les Shopping Tour
Shopping tour of Orchard St. district; meets at Katz's Deli, 205 E. Houston St. (Ludlow St.); 212-226-9010; Sun. at 11, free.
MUNICIPAL ART SOCIETY WALKING TOURS
"Gramercy Park," Fri. at 11; "Brooklyn Heights," Fri. at 1; "Life on the Heights" tours Fort Washington area with emphasis on architecture by historian Andrew Dolkart, Sun. at 2; 212-935-3960 for meeting place, $15.
NY BOTANICAL TOURS
Weekly bird walks with "Northern Orioles," Sat. & Sun. at 12:30; NY Botanical Garden; 200th St. (Southern Blvd.), Bronx, 718-817-8700, free w/grounds adm.
NYC Cultural Walking Tours
"Washington Square Neighborhood" walking tour explores Greenwich Village known as "Washington Square" in the 19th-century; meet at Washington Square Arch. (5th Ave.), 212-979-2388; Sun. at 2, $10 [through 5/25].
NYC DISCOVERY TOURS
Walking tour incl. "Old & New Money: Origins of Central Park West & 5th Ave.," Sat. & Sun at 2; "Chelsea & Flatiron District at Twilight," Sat. at 5:30, 212-465-3331 for res. & meeting place; all tours $12.
92nd St. Y tours
Extensive program of tours & trips in & outside of New York City. This week, tour "Sagamore Hill and the Splendor of Long Island's North Shore," Sun. at 9, $65; "Old New England in the Bronx," Sun. at 10, $55; 212-996-1100 for res. & meeting place.
RADICAL WALKING TOURS
"Radical Lower East Side" tour feat. Rose Pastor Stokes, Henry Street Settlement & prostitution; meet opposite Jewish Daily Forward bldg., 175 E. B'way (betw. Jefferson & Clinton Sts.), 718-492-0069; Sun. at 1, $10.
STEVE'S manhattan tours
"Lower East Side," Wed. & Fri.; "Financial Area," Fri.; 212-982-1697 for meeting place, time & price.
STREET SMARTS NY
"Stanford White: Splendor & Scandal," Sat. at 2; "East Village," Sat. at 2; "Dust in Greenwich Village," Sat. at 6; "Gramercy Park at Twilight," Sat. at 6; "From Pages to Pavement," Sun. at 2; 212-969-8262 for meeting place; all tours $10.
12th Annual HAmilton Heights walking tour
Tour focuses on a dozen homes which represent a variety of architectural styles, benefits Elizabeth Mayfield Nursery School; meet at Hamilton Grange National Monument, Convent Ave. (141st St.), 212-281-4442; Sat. at 12, call for price.
WALKING TOUR OF RADICAL NEW YORK HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE
"Left Foot Forward" visits the Grand Central Hotel, Triangle Fire, Uncle Walt & Aunt Emma; meet at Peace Building, 339 Lafayette St. ( Bleecker St.), 718-264-3021; Sun. at 2:30, contribution.
Parades, Fairs & Outdoor Sporting Events
BLADE NIGHT MANHATTAN
Join 100+ skaters on 2-hour tour of the city; meet at SW corner of Union Sq. Pk. (14th St.), 212-673-2933, Weds. at 8, free [through 10/25].
children of the world festival
Festival celebrates cultural diversity of NYC families with emphasis on entertainment & fun; 6th Ave. (betw. 42nd & 57th Sts.), 212-809-4900, Sat. 11-6, free.
FAST & FABULOUS CYCLING CLUB
Bike rides for gay & lesbian New Yorkers. This week, Christopher Papagni leads 30 mile ride to Brighton Beach for shopping & eating, Sat.; Ride to Lake Welch in Harriman State Park, Sun.; 212-567-7160 or e-mail email@example.com for meeting place, times & price.
FLAVORS OF EAST VILLAGE
Chefs, food, music & activities for kids; St. Mark's Pl. (betw. 1st & A Aves.), 212-529-4818; Sat. 12-3, $2 per taste or 3 for $5.
Gramercy Park spring fair
More than 200 different foods, arts, crafts, etc.; Irving Pl. (betw. 14th & 20th Sts.), 212-809-4900; Sun. 11-6, free.
LEnnox hill annual neighborhood house street fair
Four hundred exhibitors incl. arts, antiques & vintage clothing plus free use of fitness center (which has a pool); 1st Ave. (betw. 68th & 78th Sts.), 212-744-5022 ext.1355; Sat. 11-5:30, free.
MURRAY HILL MILLENNIUM FESTIVAL
Better late than never possibly & run by community volunteers complete with jazz band & food; 35th St. (betw. Madison & Lexington Aves.), 212-519-1208; Sat. 12-6, free.
PATHMARK MULTicultural arts festival 2000
Three-day festival celebrates diversity of NYC students with a parade & several performances by Chinese Folk Dance Company, African dance troupe Seventh Principle & more; 888-486-4656 or www.pathmark.com for info; Fri.-Sun.
PAWS WALK 2000
Dog walk-a-thon, demonstrations, contests & pooch picnic throughout all five boroughs, meeting in different borough each week. Call 212-697-0934 for info; Sat. 11-3, $15.
ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE 2000 BLOCK PARTY
Flea market, live music, food, dunk tank & more; 60th St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-997-0100; Sat. 11-7, free.
taste of tribeca
Sixth annual outdoor buffet feat. food by Bouley Bakery, Chanterelle, El Teddy's, Odeon & 40 more; Duane St. (betw. Hudson & Greenwich Sts.), 212-307-7171; Sat. 11:30-3, $30.
Environmentalist/bicycle-advocacy group sponsors monthly skates & rides throughout New York City. This week's ride "Missing Links Along Hudson;" meet at Columbus Circle, 212-802-8222; Sat. at 9:30 a.m., free.
wall street community day festival
First in a series of monthly affairs with 100 different local merchants & food on offer; Wall St. (betw. South & Water Sts.), 212-809-4900; Fri. 11-6, free.
washington square outdoor art exhibit
Number 69 coming at you, with over 20 blocks of oils, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, photography, sculpture, fabrics, jewelry, glass & ceramics; Info booth at University Pl. (8th St.), 212-982-6255; Sat. & Sun. from 12 'til sundown, free.