FORMER NEW YORK CITY POLICE DETECTIVE LAUNCHES MANHATTAN MURDER AND MYSTERY TOUR
In his new Manhattan Murder and Mystery Tour, retired NYC Police Detective Ike Ilkiw shows tourists and local New Yorkers 25 of the most notorious crime scene locations in Manhattan. The tour is followed by lunch and a show in Times Square (a murder mystery, of course).
The two-hour driving tour -- in a 38-passenger, fully outfitted luxury tour bus -- includes a drive by the former residence of author Edgar Allen Poe – the originator of the modern murder mystery – as well as locations where crime-related movie classics such as The Godfather were filmed.
For over five years, Ike has been leading tour groups on a walking tour of the hangouts, haunts, and hideaways of New York’s most infamous criminals, telling behind-the-scenes secrets only an authentic New York cop would know. The new driving tour allows Ike to add numerous locations to the itinerary, as well as the lunch and show, giving visitors and locals a quintessential and not-to-be-forgotten real NYC adventure.
Additional tours in development include a Haunted New York Tour, which will visit the spookiest and most haunted locations in New York -- including a stop at what many consider a truly haunted house; the Merchant’s House Museum. (According to The New York Times, it is, indeed, “Manhattan’s most haunted house.”)
“I love sharing the kinds of behind-the-scene stories that only an authentic NYC cop can tell,” Ike says. Despite the crime theme, the tour is appropriate for all ages. “There’s nothing graphic on the tour,” he adds.
The tour last 2 ½ hours and leaves from Soho (Lafayette Street and Cleveland Place) every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $109.95 per person, which includes the tour, lunch, and show (excluding taxes, and gratuities.)
ABOUT IKE ILKIW AND NYC ADVENTURE TOURS Ike Ilkiw was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early 1960s and grew up in Brooklyn. Ike started his police career in 1982, when he was appointed to the NYC Transit Police. He was promoted to the rank of Detective in 1988. It is from his experiences of growing up in New York City and being a NYC Police Detective that he decided to start NYC Adventure Tours (www.nycadventuretours.com) in 2009. Ike is a licensed New York State Private Investigator, and has worked with every level of law enforcement, from New York City to the Federal level, including the FBI, and the DEA.