Lower East Side Walking Tour

This former immigrant neighborhood is now a trendy shopping and nightlife district. See where old New York meets today’s city.

The Lower East Side is a neighborhood that best embodies the history of immigration to New York.  Since the mid-19th century, Manhattan’s Lower East Side has welcomed people from all walks of life seeking their American dream.

On this tour we will explore what life was like on the LES from the early days, to the tenements and finally to the gentrification taking place on the LES today. We will also have the chance to sample some of the local delicacies.

The tour begins in front of the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street and will include stops at:

  • The Eldridge Street Synagogue – a landmark building that dates back to 1887
  • The Essex Street Market – an indoor marketplace that dates back to 1940
  • Seward Park High School – built on the site where the Old Essex Market Court House and Ludlow Street Jail used to stand.
  • The Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue – this landmark building was built by Jews who emigrated from Greece known as Romaniote. It is the only Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Kossar’s Bialys – Kossar’s was founded in 1936 and continues to hand craft bialys and bagels.
  • The Pickle Guys – There were once many pickle sellers on the Lower East Side. The Pickle Guys are the only remaining pickle shop.
  • Beth Hamedrash Hagodol Synagogue – This was the first European congregation founded in NYC and is the oldest Russian Jewish Orthodox congregation in the US.
  • Yonah Schimmel’s Knishery – This bakery/deli has been serving knishes, kugel & other Jewish comfort-food classics since 1910.
  • Russ and Daughters – Purveyors of the highest quality smoked fish, caviar, baked goods, and specialty foods since 1914.
  • The Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts – Housed in a former Gothic Revival synagogue built in 1849.
  • Katz’s Deli – Legendary New York institutions dating back to 1888.

Tour is approximately two hours. 
Fee: $30 per person without tastings.

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