Explore the area made famous by radicals and immigrants alike, the East Village is the lesser-known side of Broadway between Houston & 14th Streets. Our tour combines the history of German, Ukrainian, and Jewish immigrants with the long neighborhood legacy of labor activism. We also explore the evolution of local theaters from the Yiddish stages of the early 20th century to becoming the epicenter of the 1970s counter-culture music scene! Stops could include: the Fillmore East, St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, the historic Marble Cemetery, the Public Theater, and sites associated with Peter Cooper, Dorothy Day, Peter Stuyvesant, Sophie Tucker, and the General Slocum disaster of 1904.
Between mid-May and early September The East Village tour is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. Summer public “twilight” tours are lead Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.
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|Friday, October 7||1:00 pm|
|Wednesday, October 19||11:00 am|
|Saturday, October 29||2:00 pm|
|Monday, November 7||1:00 pm|
|Sunday, November 20||11:00 am|
|Tuesday, November 29||1:00 pm|
|Saturday, December 17||11:00 am|
Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers. Please Note: America’s Museum & The Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour require prepayment.
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We’ve done tours for school example, group example and corporate example. Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.
Private tours can be arranged for a weekday, weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We work closely with you to create an enjoyable experience for your group.Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.
Southeast corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street, in front of Chase Bank.
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
6 to Astor Place, R to 8th Street.
Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.
The finest group of tour guides in the city. Most of us are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in history passionate about the history, architecture and people of New York.
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Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
Tour refunds (minus a $2 processing charge per person) are available by request up until 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded.
Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. No shows are considered last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.
America’s Museum is one of a variety of walks offered as public “twilight” tours. These tours are lead Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. We rotate a variety of tours in these time slots. Please see our Schedule page for details for specific dates and times.
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