Gangs of New York Tour – The “Official” Tour

This history of the legendary Five Points. A tour created in partnership with the film "Gangs of New York".

A tour that goes beyond Martin Scorsese’s landmark film “Gangs of New York” or the BBC-America series “Coppers”! Come explore the legends and lore of Five Points and Herbert Asbury’s 1927 classic The Gangs of New York – the inspiration for the film – and learn about the REAL history of the area! Stops could include: Paradise Square, “Murderer’s Alley”, the African Burial Ground, the lost intersection of Five Points, and sites associated with Bill “the Butcher” Poole, William M. Tweed, Master Juba, and the 1857 Police and 1863 Draft Riots.

The Big Onion “Official” Gangs of New York tour was originally commissioned by Miramax Films as the historical companion tour for the 2002 release of the fictional movie by Martin Scorsese. The “Official” Gangs of New York tour does contain mature content within the historic discussion.

Tour Info

Cost: $25
$20 Seniors and $15 Full-Time Students

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Tour Schedule
Monday, October 241:00 pm
Saturday, November 511:00 am
Tuesday, November 1511:00 am
Sunday, November 2712:00 pm
Monday, December 511:00 am
Thursday, December 1511:00 am
Friday, December 301:00 pm
Friday, January 61:00 pm
Wednesday, January 111:00 pm
Tuesday, January 241:00 pm
Tour Reservations

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.

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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.

Meeting Location

The southeast corner of Broadway & Chambers Street, at the edge of City Hall Park.

Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Subway Trains
4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge, 1/2/3/A/C/E to Chambers Street, R to City Hall.

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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.

Rain/Inclement Weather
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.

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Refund Policy
Tour refunds (minus $1 per person, $2 for Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour & America's Museum) 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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