Arrive with an empty stomach and good walking shoes in the morning at the tour start point in New York’s City Hall Park. This central starting point in Lower Manhattan is near one of the most historic locations in the city.
Continue on foot to the Lower East Side, a now-trendy neighborhood of eateries, nightspots and hip retail stores with a long association with NYC immigrant culture. Check out some of the enclaves of the Jewish and German communities that persist to this day by visiting local shops. Nearby are the intermingled areas of Little Italy and Chinatown, where you’ll get to view another unique slice of the Big Apple melting pot.
After your LES exploration, head uptown to Midtown, where you’ll catch a glimpse of area landmarks like Bryant Park, Grand Central Terminal, and Rockefeller Center. During your Midtown visit, you’ll also have a chance to discover some of the lesser-known independent shops tucked into the area’s hidden sections, finishing with a local craft beer at a nearby watering hole.
Proceed back downtown to the East Village for your next stop. This unique neighborhood is today known as one of New York’s top nightlife destinations. Spend the next portion of your trip learning about NYC cocktail culture as you visit 3 local watering holes, ranging from speakeasies to mixology bars. You’ll connect the modern-day versions of these drinking dens with the history of the Big Apple during the years of Prohibition in the 1920s. You’ll finish near the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Street.