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'
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.