The Tour of Chinatown, Little Italy, East Village & The Lower East Side
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Free up to 8 days in advance of the experience
Did you know that from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, these neighborhoods were collectively referred to as “The Slums of New York”? Yes, when immigration from Europe, and later from Asia, reached its highest peak, most of the newly arrived settlers found their homes around Lower Manhattan. The area was famous for its push-cart businesses, cheap tenement houses, and hundreds of different languages spoken daily on the streets.
Why should you visit The Lower East Side
This is where immigrants from Italy, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine and later from Bangladesh, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines first settled. Still today, it’s an incredibly diverse area, and through its local, and historic, businesses and food establishments, we can go back in time and revisit the New York of those years. The city that you probably saw in "Once upon a Time in America" and "The Godfather", or perhaps "Gangs of New York" with the famous Five Point’s.
Exploring the East Village
The East Village was once known as the Klein Deutschland ("Little Germany",) we will start making our way down 2nd Avenue and the famous Jewish Rialto (Yiddish Theater.) Did you know that many Eastern Europeans and German Jews arrived in New York by the end of the 18th century? They were some of the first settlers coming over from Europe and made today's East Village their home. During the tour, we will stop by St. Marks Place, back in the 60s and 80s, this was where you would come to see famous rock bands, artists, and the former Yiddish Theater later became known as "The Church of Rock and Roll." Today, one of the busiest streets at night with pubs and cheap eats where college students and locals are regulars. Later, we’ll reach the Lower East Side, famous for the many street-food vendors and other authentic food establishments, where we can stop (and try – who wants) different delicacies from all over the world. Do you know the difference between Kosher and Halal food? Have you ever tried an authentic New York Bagel? And, is New York’s, the best pizza in the world?
Highlights for this Tour
4-Hour Walking Tour
Professional Tour Guide in English
The major New York Landmarks and "Best-Kept Secrets"
Little Italy along Mulberry Street
Chinatown with the Iconic Doyers Street
Lower East Side & the East Village
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Chinatown and Little Italy
During the Tour, we will also admire the different architectures that characterized this area, and we will talk about life as a new immigrant in the city living in the infamous tenements. From 1892 to 1924, most immigrants came through and were processed in Ellis Island, and we will have the chance to find out what it took to pass the vetting process to finally arrive in Battery Park, and more importantly what happened next.
We will continue towards Chinatown, possibly one of the most popular Asian Enclaves in the US, along with San Francisco’s Chinatown. We’ll find out why Chinatown is still growing today and what differentiates the Asian migration from the European’s. We will then walk towards Little Italy along Mulberry and Grand Street to discover the last few remaining historic stores like Ferrara Bakery and DiPalo’s. We will finish the tour by Petrosino Square, the Sicilian-American who tried to dismantle or marginally disrupt, the local Mafia and where you can enjoy one of the most iconic and renowned Cheesecakes of New York.
Images of Chinatown New York
4-hour Private Walking Tour
Tour on Foot of Chinatown, Little Italy, Lower East Side and East Village
Professional Tour Guide
Tour Price: starting from $75.00 per person (price based on 4 participants)
Location: Pick-up in Hotel is available if centrally located in Manhattan, and only upon confirmation.
Alternate Meeting point: Union Square, at the Starbucks at the corner of Union Square E and E. 15th Street (10 Union Square E, New York, NY 10003) Opening Dates: Daily, Year-round Hours: Departure: 09:00 am -or- 3:00 pm Closing Dates:Thanksgiving - December 25th - January 1st
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Please note that all venues included in the tour description, including, but not limited to, restaurants, attractions and museums may change without prior notice.
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Testimonials & Reviews
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Irene was a FANTASTIC tour guide! She was so knowledgeable about the area and was so patient with all our questions. We stopped to use the bathroom and we got coffee halfway through, she was so kind! It was a pleasure learning about Brooklyn from you!
I’m the biggest fan of Fall activities, but haven’t had a chance to do anything beyond Apple Picking in NJ. I decided to take a last minute 2 day trip with a friend in Hudson Valley, but didn’t know where to start [...] Thankfully I was able to use New York Welcome to do the hard work for us [...]
The SATC walking tour is fabulous! Our tour guide was amazing. Friendly, helpful, accommodating and so knowledgeable about the city. It was essentially 2 tours in 1. SATC and visits to historical places in the city. I give this tour 5 stars and definitely recommend. Grab your walking shoes and schedule one today!