East Village

A walk exploring the world of hippies, hipsters, history & Hendrix.

NOTE: Due to construction as Astor Place our meeting site has been MOVED. This tour now meets on the Southeast corner of Astor Place & Lafayette Street, in front of the Chase Bank. Updated February 23, 2015.

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.

Prepayment Optional
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.

To preregister and pay for your tour, click the “Book Now” button. You will receive an e-mail confirmation and receipt once your order has been processed.

We regard a senior as 65+ years and a student anyone enrolled in full-time study. Please bring ID indicating senior status (i.e. age) and/or full-time active enrollment.

Refund Policy: Tour refunds (minus a $1 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. If Big Onion cancels a walk for any reason a full refund will be provided (please see our rain/inclement weather policy on the FAQ page for more information about tour cancellations).

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 5 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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Satan's Seat
Greenwich Village
Jewish Lower East Side

Tour Highlights:

The Village


October 4, 2:00 pm
October 19, 1:00 pm
October 29, 1:00 pm
November 7, 2:00 pm
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Southeast corner of Astor Place and Lafayette Street, in front of Chase Bank.

Subway Trains:

6 to Astor Place, R to 8th Street.
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Tours last approximately two hours. We generally present tours rain or shine.
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Adults: $20
Students/Seniors/BHS Members: $15

We do not require pre-payment for most public tours. Just show up and join us at the meeting site. Exceptions: Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour requires reservations; America’s Museum Tour requires reservations & advance payment.

Tours Today Sunday, October 4th

Group Tours

All tours are available for private walks and group bookings.

Call (212) 439-1090 ext. 5 or Email us for more information.

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"For most of my life, I believed independent travel was the only route to the real unfiltered stuff. I eschewed group experiences like the plague, most of all, anything incorporating the word tour. My mistake. I’ve gained some of my best travel memories from being herded around with a bunch of strangers on a Big Onion Walking Tour."

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