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A History of Housing the Poor: A Walk of New York's Lower East Side

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enrich your understanding of New York as a city of immigrants, exiles, and refugees on this walking tour of the Lower East Side. With an informative guide leading the way, learn about the African burial ground beneath the city’s pavement, the Italian slum of Mulberry Bend, the Five Points neighborhood of “Gangs of New York” fame, and the waves of poor immigrants who called this corner of lower Manhattan home.
  • Explore the Lower East Side’s past as an immigrant enclave with a guide
  • Learn about the neighborhood’s notoriously wretched living conditions
  • Choose a convenient morning or afternoon tour to suit your travel schedule
  • Visit the Five Points neighborhood from the film 'Gangs of New York'

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Local guide
Professional guide
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Centre Street, Centre St, New York, NY, USA

Return Details

Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York, 171 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Itinerary
Stop At:  
Foley Square
We lay the groundwork for what we will see on the tour here, where the history of housing the working class immigrant poor begins with the location of The Five Points, the most notorious slum in New York City's history.
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Columbus Park
We don't have to go too far to find a later era slum after the Italian immigrant waves of the 1870s on, known as Mulberry Bend, today's footprint of Columbus Park.
Duration: 5 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lower East Side
The heart of the tour is along the blocks of the Lower East Side and the plethora of tenement buildings left standing. You'll learn how to identify different tenements from different eras, and witness the decades-long process of providing adequate housing for the working poor in history.
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Manhattan Bridge
We will have a stunning view.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Museum at Eldridge Street
One of the most beatiful edifices in the city.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Seward Park
One of the first parks in the neighborhood. So crowded when it first opened it was standing room only.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Forward Building
A newspaper that was an institution for the Jewish community.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tenement Museum
We pass the back of the museum where they replicate tenement life. Outhouses and clothes line help transport one back in time.
Duration: 5 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • wear comfortable walking shoes
  • snacks and water are recommended to revitalize
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Such an Interesting Tour
Daydream09537729925
, Nov 2019
My friend and loved this tour! The guide is so incredibly knowledgeable, we left having learned a lot. Learning about what it was like to immigrate to NYC is so interesting. This tour is a great complement to the things you learn about at Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum. If you are concerned about this being redundant to those things, it is not!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you so much for such a great review! You were really great to have on the tour and I hope I see you again--all best wishes, Rob
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Excellent tour!
abbeflitter
, Oct 2019
Robert was an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide. He brought the immigrant experience to life for us. We’re still talking about the hidden corners of the lower east side - those easily missed - he found for us.
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Walking Tour - Senior Couple
heidibaker5609
, Aug 2019
This was a walking tour of where the tenements were located. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and distributed handouts that contained early photos of the outside environments and geographical changes over time. There were photos of the inside of tenements as well. We toured the area for 2 hours with guide pointing out important structures. Would liked to have toured an example.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
It was a pleasure taking you both around, and thank you for your review. All best wishes and I hope to see you again.

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