Labor History Tour – We Built New York

Walk with us as we talk about the workers and labor movement that built New York.

Join us as weaving though the Central & East Village and the Lower East Side, this tour features the role that immigrants and the labor movement have played in the growth of New York City. Stops could include sites associated with the first Labor Day Parade in 1882, the ILGWU, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, Samuel Gompers, Emma Goldman, Peter Cooper, and Clara Lemlich. Please note: this walk is led on dates of significant American labor history (May Day, Labor Day, and others throughout the year).

Tour Info

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

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, January 2811:00 am
Sunday, February 511:00 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.

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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


Northeast corner of Washington Square North and Fifth Avenue, opposite the Washington Square Arch.

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

Subway Trains
6 to Astor Place, R to 8th Street, A/B/C/D/E/F to West 4th Street, 1 to Christopher Street.

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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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