Lower East Side History Project

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    Mafia Walking Tour

    “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” If you know where that quote’s from, then this is the tour for you! Discover the fascinating, manipulative, and violent history of the Italian mafia on the Mafia Walking Tour! You’ll have a chance to learn about the historical, political, and social circumstances in which the gangs of New York were created, and even get a chance to hear personal stories about the famous mobsters themselves! An experienced guide will lead you around the East Village and Little Italy, filling you in on what went down. On the tour you’ll learn the truth behind the movies and legends, as well as the background of the gangster phenomenon, including the immigration of Italian citizens and the slums that many of them lived in. You’ll have a chance to visit former mafia social clubs, the homes and businesses of influential mobsters, sites of notorious mob hits, former Sicilian and Neapolitan districts of Little Italy, a famous speakeasy, movie locations from mobster films, and much much more. Join the tour today! This is an offer you can’t refuse.
    Mafia Walking Tour

    80 2nd Ave, New York

    • Walk through the East Village and Little Italy, two of the most historical neighborhoods in Manhattan
    • Learn about Italian immigration, the roots of the Mafia in America, the origins of the “Five Families,” speakeasies and prohibition, and much more!
    • Explore former social clubs, homes, and haunts of 20th Century mobsters
    • Have fun, ask questions, and develop a strange nostalgia for pinstripes!
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    Forgotten Lower East Side Walking Tour

    Oh no! You’ve forgotten something! And it’s the Lower East Side! You may think that you know the history of this area - immigration, tenements, Italians - but there is so much more! Do you know about the local ecology of the area? The Labor movement the area was host to? The neighborhood’s former American Indian sites and trails? No?!? Then this is the tour for you!!! The Forgotten East Side walking tour will lead you around one of New York’s most historical areas. While being guided by an experienced professional you will visit Chinatown, the Bowery, historic churches, Five Points, former tenement districts, theaters, restaurants, and other popular landmarks. At these various locations you will learn about and discuss how the LES (that’s what the cool kids are calling it) evolved into a tenement district, birthed important cultural influences, is currently changing, and much much more! Remember to sign up for the Forgotten Lower East Side Tour today!
    Forgotten Lower East Side Walking Tour

    Centre St & Worth St, New York

    • Walk off of the beaten path and explore areas of the Lower East Side that most tours overlook
    • See a side of the neighborhood that many are unaware even exists
    • Learn about thousands of years of history, from American Indians to Italian immigrants to today’s period of gentrification
    • Have fun while opening your eyes to an entirely different perspective of New York!
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    Lower East Side Then & Now Walking Tour

    It’s time to get the lowdown on the Lower East Side! On this tour you’ll be lead around the neighborhood by an author, native, and tour guide who will answer all of your questions about the ever-changing district. Locations visited include Katz’s Deli, Pickle Guy, Orchard Street, and Delancey Street, plus cultural sites and classic old-fashioned retail stores. You’ll learn about the experience of immigrants in the Lower East Side, from the sweatshops they worked in, to the tenement houses they shared. Plus you’ll learn about Yiddish and immigrant theater! Sign up today for an informative, photogenic, and delicious tour!
    Lower East Side Then & Now Walking Tour

    E Houston St & 2nd Ave, New York

    • Walk around one of New York’s most iconic and historically significant neighborhoods
    • Learn about the rich history of the Lower East Side from an expert tour guide, discussing tenement life, immigration, labor unions, and the roots of Hollywood
    • Visit legendary eateries, historic churches, iconic landmarks, and much more!
    • Have fun, educate yourself, and gain insight into this unique bit of New York history!
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