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Alternative New York: Take a Tour on the Wild Side

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Alternative New York: Take a Tour on the Wild Side

Explore the East Village on Free Tours By Foot's Alternative New York Tour. This name-your-own-price tour visits Astor Place, Cooper Union Square, and more!

Come along on a journey through New York City’s historic East Village, home of some of the most important cultural, political  and intellectual movements in American history. From Astor Place and Cooper Union Square, through St. Marks Place,  Tompkins Square  Park and the once gritty  and mean streets of Alphabet City, you’ll learn about the rich and fascinating story of this incredible section of Manhattan.

The East Village is a story of ground-breaking artistic expression, of riots and real estate, community activism and restoration; it is a tale of crime,  and drugs, and  tragedy; a saga of inspiration, resilience, strength and courage.  This is where  President Lincoln made a name for himself, where the Beat Generation  thrived, where  Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground inevitably exploded; where Patti Smith helped launch CBGB and where CBGB  launched punk rock and new wave.  (Be sure to check out our New York Subway Art Tour and our Brooklyn Graffiti and Street Art Tour.


Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more traveling together should visit our groups page.

Where: astorMeet your guide outside the Astor Place Downtown Subway Station (6 line) at the intersection of E 8th St, Astor Place, and Lafayette Ave. (map)

The tour ends at the intersection of 2nd Ave. and 6th Street. Click here for tips on navigating New York City.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Total distance is approximately 1.5 mile (2K)

When:  @2pm Saturdays. View our full tour calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done.  A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.  Click here for tips for enjoying New York City on a budget.

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