Lower East Side, Nolita and East Village Tour

image1Come explore 3 of New York City’s most iconic neighborhoods- the Lower East Side, Nolita, and the East Village. We begin in the Lower East Side: Steeped in over 300 years of history, we’ll see it transform from its early days as a refuge for pirates and ne’er-do-wells, to the home of wave after wave of immigration, to the quickly revitalizing, shabby-chic artist’s enclave of today.

From there we move to Nolita. Now an elegant and trendy neighborhood of chic boutiques and cafes, it was once a part of Little Italy. We’ll visit old gangster hideaways, America’s first pizzeria, and NYC’s only Basilica- Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral (where the baptism scene in the Godfather was filmed!)

We finish our journey in the East Village where we’ll hit the Bowery, a 400 year old thru-fare that has undergone a radical transformation in the past 30 years. What was once a rough and tumble street known to be the underbelly of NYC, the Bowery now features swanky hotels and upscale boutiques and bars. We’ll pass by the exact spot where the famous rock club CBGB once stood and explore NYC’s punk rock history, beautiful historic buildings, and much more! With time for a delicious snack break, of course!

Some of the sites we will see on the Lower East Side, Nolita and East Village Tour:

  • The Jewish Daily Forward building
  • Loews Canal Theater
  • Hester, Grand and Delancey Street
  • Orchard Street
  • former Adath Jashurun synagogue built by Romanian immigrants
  • Old St. Patrick’s
  • The Bowery
  • Original CBGB location
  • Joey Ramone Place
  • Cooper Union
  • Tompkin’s Square Park
  • Mosaic Trail
  • University Settlement
  • NYC’s second African American Burial Ground
  • and much much more!!
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 2.5 miles (4 km)

**Note: You will not have time to do this 3 hour morning tour and an afternoon tour at 1pm. You will have very limited time to do this 3 hour morning tour and an afternoon tour at 2pm – it will require no sit down lunch and immediate travel from one tour to the other***

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Where: Meet your tour guide in Straus Square (next to Seward Park), just outside the East Broadway subway station (map).

Cost: The Lower East Side, Nolita and East Village 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.