A tour that goes beyond Martin Scorsese’s landmark film “Gangs of New York”! 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 – the first multi-ethnic urban neighborhood in America! 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, Pierre Toussaint, 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.
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|Tuesday, February 27||1:00 pm|
|Friday, March 16||11:00 am|
|Tuesday, March 27||1:00 pm|
|Monday, April 2||11:00 am|
|Thursday, April 12||1:00 pm|
|Friday, April 20||11:00 am|
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|Monday, May 21||1:00 pm|
|Thursday, May 31||11:00 am|
Consider a private tour!
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.
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”.
4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge, 1/2/3/A/C/E to Chambers Street, R to City Hall.
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.
Full refunds are available by request up until 72 hours prior to a walking tour. Between 72 and 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour we offer credit to be used on any future walk. Cancellations with less than 24 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.
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