The Lower East Side is an exciting story that changed America!
See where your relatives lived when they first arrived in America. My Irish and German relatives arrived in the mid-19th century when New York City saw the population increase from 20,000 in 1820 to 5.5 million by 1920. Come see where they lived!
The East Village Today
Starting at Astor Place, see Peter Stuyvesant’s church and grave (the Dutch were the first Immigrants) and walk down Second Avenue along the Yiddish Walk of Fame, and German Dispensary and Biblioteck to popular St Marks Place. We stop for Italian Cannolis, Jewish Knishes and visit a 100 year-old deli! Walk along modern day Bowery, the fashionable neighborhood of Nolita and end in Chinatown at the park.
Meet under the George Washington arch in Washington Square Park at 5th Ave and 7th Street.
Yesterday & Today's Immigrants
Begin at City Hall Park where NYC was founded, to the nearby African American Burial Ground and Five Points of ‘Gangs of New York’ fame. Visit the ‘real’ Chinatown, home of today's immigrants. Explore East Broadway, historic Henry Street and nearby Grand Street once called "Jewish Broadway." See where the first German and Jewish immigrants lived and learn about the Socialist and workers' movements from the 1900s. Your tour ends at Houston Street and Katz's Deli.
Meet at the Broadway and Chambers Streets south east corner by the park.