We Built New York – 
A Labor History Tour

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).

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 above. 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).

Tour Highlights:

The Village


September 5, 1:00 pm
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Northeast corner of Washington Square North and Fifth Avenue, opposite the Washington Square Arch.

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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Tours last approximately two hours. We generally present tours rain or shine.
Check the local weather forecast.
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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 Saturday, July 30th

10:00 Central Park
11:00 America’s Museum: Art and History of the Metropolitan
12:00 DUMBO and Vinegar Hill
1:00 “Satan’s Seat”: 
New York During Prohibition
6:00 Upper East Side: A Clash of Titans
Tour Status: Saturday July 30, 2 p.m. Prospect Park tour canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Group Tours

All tours are available for private walks and group bookings.

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

As Featured In:

"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."

Peter Jon Lindberg, Travel + Leisure's editor-at-large, January 2009.