ADVENTURE ON A SHOESTRING
"Splendid Grand Central Terminal," Sat. at 11:30; "Haunted Greenwich Village," Sat. at 1:15; "Superb Gramercy Park," Sat. at 3; "Marvelous Millionaires' Row," Sat. at 4:45; "Ethnic Noshing," Sun. at 11; "Stylish Murray Hill," Sun. at 1:45; "Idyllic Island," Sun. at 3:30; 212-265-2663 for res. & meeting place; all tours $5.
BERNIE'S NEW YORK
Weekly tours offered by Bernie Cohen. This week, "City Hall Civic Center"; meet at NE corner B'way (Fulton St.), 718-655-1883; Sun. at 2, $10.
BIG ONION WALKING TOURS
Tours conducted by graduate students in the American History dept. at Columbia Univ. This week, "Greenwich Village at Twilight," Thurs. at 6:30; "Gramercy Park & Union Square," Fri. at 1; "Noho & Nolita," Sat. at 1; "Central Park at Twilight," Sat. at 5; "Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour," Sun. at 1; 212-439-1090 for meeting place; all tours $10-$12.
BROOKLYN CENTER FOR THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT WALKING TOURS
"Stones of Greenwood Cemetery," Weds. at 5; "Gardens & Magnolias of Bed-Stuy," Sat. at 1; "Cruising Newton Creek," Sun. at 9:30; 718-789-6778 for meeting places, $5-$8.
From Park Slope to Brooklyn Heights this intimate "New York Like A Native Tour" is limited to 8 people; RSVP 718-393-7537 for meeting place, Sat. at 10, $20 incl. lunch [through 9/2].
BUTTERFLY & HUMMING BIRD TRAIL
Trail open all summer long with nature sightings, gardens & special kids' activities; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. (Carroll Pl.), Bklyn., 718-622-4433; Weds.-Sun. & Tues., free w/grounds adm.
THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE
Tour chapel & learn history; Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., (112th St.), 212-932-7347; Weds.-Sat. & Tues. at 11, Sun. at 1.
CENTRAL PARK WALKING TOURS
Hour-long tour of park's "Conservatory Garden," every Sat. at 12; "Amble Through the Ramble," Sat. at 1; "Views From the Past," Sat. at 1; 212-360-2727 for meeting places & sign language tours; free.
DOWNTOWN DECO: DEVELOPMENT & DECORATION IN THE JAZZ AGE
Explore elaborate tower buildings in financial district; meet at SW corner of Fulton (William Sts.), 212-935-3960; Sun., call for time & price.
DR. PHIL'S TALKS & WALKS
Licensed guide Philip Schoenberg's tours of Brooklyn & Manhattan. This week, "Brooklyn Bridge," Sat. at 2 & 6; "Chinatown For Children," Sun. at 12; 888-377-4455 for meeting place; $10.
FOODS OF NEW YORK
"A Food Adventure of Greenwich Village" explores restaurants & specialty shops both new & old; 732-636-4650 or email@example.com for res. & meeting place; Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 11:30-1:30, $25 incl. lunch.
JOYCE GOLD WALKING TOURS
All tours at least two & a half hours long, cond. by Joyce Gold, a prof. of Manhattan history. This week: "East Village?Culture & Counter-Culture," Sun. at 1; RSVP 212-242-5762 for location.
Gordon Lizner Central PArk Tour
Guide Lizner wows 'em with landmarks, sky-line views, park history & more; meet at General Sherman Statue, 59th St. (5th Ave.), 212-595-0894; Mon. at 10 a.m., $10.
GREENWICH VILLAGE CLUB CRAWL & Blues Lovers Club crawl for singles
Guided tours of NY music clubs. "3 Bands at 3 Clubs for Singles," Thurs.; "Blues, Stand-Up & Jazz," Fri.; "Rock & Blues," Sat.;. 212-875-7019 for res., times & meeting place, $20 incl. live music.
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.
i'll take manhattan
Walking Tours with Anthony Grita. This Week: "Nooks & Crannies of Greenwich Village"; meet at SE corner 5th Ave. (12th St.), 731-270-5277; Sun. at 11, $10.
michael kaback tours
This week, "Garment Center Walking Tour," Fri. at 11:45 a.m.; "Bizarre & Eccentric Tour of the East Village," Fri. at 7 p.m.; "Hike New York City," Sat. 10-4; 212-370-4214 for res., times, price & meeting place.
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.
lower east side tenement museum tours
"Streets Where We Lived," tour of LES plus history of immigrants who settled there; 212-431-0233 for meeting place, Sat. & Sun. at 1:00 & 2:30, $7-$9.
NYC Cultural Walking Tours
"Historic (Old) NYC Walking Tour" including Battery Park, Financial District & more; meet at NE corner Fulton St. (B'way), 212-979-2388; Sun. at 2, $10.
NYC DISCOVERY TOURS
Walking tours this week incl. "Secrets of Grand Central & Crysler Building" & "Historic Pubs & Taverns?Greenwich Village"; RSVP 212-465-3331 for times & meeting place; Sat. & Sun., all tours $12.
STEVE'S MANHATTAN TOURS
"Landmarks of Lower Manhattan," Weds. & Fri.; "Lower East Side," Sun.; RSVP 212-982-1697 for meeting places & times, $5.
STREET SMARTS NY
"Walks In Old Chelsea," Sat. at 2; "Ghostly Greenwich Village," Sat. at 6; "East Village Ghosts," Sun. at 2; 212-969-8262 for meeting place; all tours $10.
Steve "wildman" brill
Nature & ecology walk with "Wildman" Steve Brill, Sat. in Prospect Park; Sun. Forest Park; 718-291-6825 for info; $10, $5 kids.
ultimate Village Tour
Explore Greenwich Village w/historian Arthur Marks & finish with 3-course meal at C3; meet at Washington Sq. Hotel, 103 Waverly Pl. (University Pl.), RSVP 212-254-1200; Weds. at 6, $40 incl. dinner.
williamsburg: brooklyn's burgeoning art scene
Richard Timperio of Sideshow Gallery leads walk focusing on studios, painters, sculptors & installation artists in area; 212-966-1100 for location; Sun. at 2, $25.
WORLD OF FINANCE WALKING TOUR
Visit downtown plus tour of NY Stock Exchange; meet at Museum of American Financial History, 28 B'way (Washington Blvd.), 212-908-4110; Fri.
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].
celebration of nations festival
Arts, crafts, food & entertainment; Madison Ave. (betw. 42nd & 57th Sts.), 212-809-4900; Sun. 11-6, free.
coney island fireworks
Tradition going back to 1880s continues w/outdoor seating & firework reenactments of Vladivostock & more; Boardwalk (betw. W. 10th & W. 12th Sts.), 718-372-5159; Fri. at 9:30 [through 8/31].
Fast & Fabulous Cycling CLub
Lesbian & Gay group with regular rides. This week: "North Beach," "Round Valley," "Piermont," & "Sandy Hook"; 212-567-7160 for more info.
night of kupalo
As early as the 4th-century this pagan tradition of power, spirits & "free love" as been observed. Learn Kupalo songs, chants & dances. But what about free love?; 6th St. & Ave. B Gardens, 6th St. (Ave. B), 212-982-5673; Sat. at 9, free.
NY Botanical garden
Visit "Exotic Courtyard Garden" with over 100 pots of exotic tropical plants; NY Botanical Garden; 200th St. (Southern Blvd.), Bronx, 718-817-8700 for days & times; free w/garden adm.
Park Ave. Summerfest
Arts, crafts, food & entertainment; Park Ave. (betw. 14th & 23rd Sts.), 212-809-4900; Sat. 11-6, free.
Environmentalist/bicycle-advocacy group sponsors monthly skates & rides throughout New York City. This week: "Cyclone Ride"; meet at City Hall Fountain, B'way (Park Row), 212-802-8222; Fri. at 7, free.
tug travel?brooklyn's waterfront
Come aboard & see Gowanus Canal, Erie Basin & Newton Creek; South St. Seaport, South St. (betw. Piers 15 & 16), 212-748-8786; Sat. at 9 a.m., $105-$125.