Immigrant New York

Walk the streets of Chinatown, Little Italy & the former Five Points.

The Original Big Onion Walking Tour!
The City of New York has welcomed immigrants from throughout the world for centuries. Our walk, Immigrant New York explores the experiences of the different immigrant and ethnic populations residing in the Lower East Side from the early 19th century through today. We’ll walk through Chinatown, Little Italy, the Jewish East Side, and former Irish/Free Black Five Points. We will “peel away the layers of history” while discuss tenement, pushcarts, sweatshops, as well as places of worship and street life to see how everyone got along (or didn’t) at different times. Some stops include: the Tweed Courthouse, the African Burial Ground, infamous Mulberry Bend, the Bowery, sites associated with Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Jacob Riis, Abraham Cahan, “Master” Juba, Emma Goldman and many others.

Tour Info

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

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Tour Schedule
Tuesday, June 261:00 pm
Wednesday, July 41:00 pm
Saturday, July 710:00 am
Monday, July 911:00 am
Tuesday, July 1711:00 am
Friday, July 2711:00 am
Wednesday, August 111:00 am
Monday, August 611:00 am
Friday, August 1012:00 pm
Wednesday, August 1512:00 pm
Tuesday, August 2112:00 pm
Friday, August 2411:00 am
Wednesday, August 2912:00 pm
Saturday, September 11:00 pm
Tuesday, September 411:00 am
Thursday, September 61:00 pm
Monday, September 1012:00 pm
Wednesday, September 1912:00 pm
Thursday, September 2711:00 am
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.

NOTE: You will select your date in the next step.

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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.

Meeting Location

Location:
The southeast corner of Broadway & Chambers Street, at 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.

Guides
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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Tips
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Helpful Links
Local weather forecast
NYC Subway Map
Weekly Service Advisories
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Refund Policy
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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