Get off the beaten path with us as we explore parts of the East Village, the Bowery, Little Italy, and SoHo on this fun 3.5hr walking tour. We should really call it a “multisensory” tour, as you will see, hear, and taste your way through these interesting and history-rich neighborhoods.
• Join a fun and informative tour of the East Village, Little Italy, and SoHo, with historical anecdotes ranging from Peter Stuyvesant to Joey Ramone
• Enjoy authentic snacks & refreshments from iconic and family-run NY establishments
• Learn about the immigrant waves that shaped NY, from Kleindeutschland and Little Italy to the Jewish Realto and Little Ukraine
• Discover SoHo, the historic Cast-Iron district, with its industrial and artistic pasts, unique architecture, trendy boutiques, and fashionable denizens
Basic Tour Info:
• Length and Distance: About 3.5 hours and we cover about 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
• Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10am
• Cost: $45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
• Size: Maximum group size is 12 adults
• Language: Our tours are currently offered only in English
• Break: There will be 1 bathroom break
• Private Option: This tour is also offered privately
• Location: Starts near Astor Place in Lower Manhattan (you will receive detailed info after booking), ends in SoHo near Broadway (you will be given directions) and near great places for lunch or a drink
The CityRover Promise:
• An interactive, informative, and fun tour, with memorable stories and great photo opportunities
• No more than 12 adults, no flags, no microphones, no memorized scripts, no canned jokes, no notes
• An engaging, knowledgeable and licensed CityRover guide
More about this tour:
New York City is a city of change. This goes a long way in explaining the multiple layers of history we can uncover in any given square mile of land, especially in Lower Manhattan – a portion of the city which has arguably changed most dramatically and frequently. And that is exactly why we have designed this tour. We will peel back those layers, revealing a kaleidoscope of interesting characters, authentic ethnic eats, historic (and sometimes tragic) turning points, an incredible array of architecture spanning several centuries, and the cultural and immigrant history behind it all.
And, as on every CityRover walking tour, we will explore the nooks and crannies, share stories you won’t find in a guide book, keep things fun and intimate, and leave you with the knowledge and confidence for further self-exploration.
“Tour of Dreams” Reviewed December 27, 2013 on TripAdvisor
“At the suggestion of our friends who were also visiting NYC last Thanksgiving, we signed up for the Central Park tour led by Max of CityRover Walks. The sights, insights and stories were sublime, transforming us back in history to when the gates of the park first opened. When we planned our New York anniversary romp a few weeks back, we knew that another tour was in order. With only a limited window to choose from, Max personally recommended the City of Dreams tour when we phoned night’s before our trip.
We met Max and three gals from England. Max soon wove together our stories into the ones he drew from the city’s past and present: Why one street doesn’t match the grid set up by the city planners; how neighborhoods have changed–yet remain unchanged–over time; where legends of music were ‘born.’ This tour not only features the evolving ethnic and cultural face of the area, but allowed us to sample some of the finest Italian java, Jewish pastry and Irish ale, all in historical settings surely overlooked by the casual tourist. The 3 1/2 hours flew past, largely due to Max’s casual yet informative approach to unveiling a portion of this city’s amazing, ever-changing history. Sign us up for the next tour, Max!”
“Best Tour Company in NY” Reviewed November 7, 2013 on TripAdvisor
“Last year we took the Central Park Tour with Max, and enjoyed it so much that we booked three more tours with his company this year. We took the City of Dreams Tour and the Brooklyn Bridge Tour with Max, and the Village Sampler Tour with Danielle. The tours are about three hours long and cover a lot of territory. Max and Danielle obviously love their city and you can tell they really enjoy sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with their tour groups. I am recommending this tour company to everyone I know who is planning a NY trip.”
Parts of the following areas will be explored:
- East Village
- The Bowery
- Little Italy/NoLiTa
Additional Tour Info:
What About Kids? Our public tours may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults. Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children. That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 12 and under.
Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed. Please note that the tour starts near Astor Place in the East Village and ends in SoHo (not at the start point).
Stops: We normally make 2 or 3 pit stops on this walk for snacks and/or refreshments (including 1 bathroom break), which may include the following great local establishments, but may be substituted for other local gems at CityRover’s discretion:
- Moishe’s – A Kosher bakery serving traditional Jewish baked goods and pastries since 1972
- Porto Rico Importing – A century-old coffee shop with vintage scales and bags of beans from around the globe
- Caffe Roma – Serving Italian pastries and espresso since 1891
- We may visit McSorley’s Old Ale House (circa 1854) for an optional pint of beer (not included in tour price).
Are snacks/refreshments included in tour price? Although this is not a food tour, the cost of the food-related snack stops we make is included in our tour price. In addition, each participant will be offered a complimentary bottle of water during the walk. If you have any dietary restrictions or specific food allergies, please contact us prior to booking.