Lower East Side: The “Creative Destruction” of an Ethnic Neighborhood

Explore a century of change on the Lower East Side.

The Lower East Side has been undergoing a significant transformation over the past decade. Join us as we walk the neighborhood roughly bounded by Roosevelt Park, Houston, Essex and Canal Streets to explore how this change has been a century in the making. Join us as we explore the remarkable ethnic transformation, urban renewal and gentrification of the storied neighborhood. Stops could include: The “Jewish Carnegie Hall”, University Settlement House, The Second African Burial Ground, and sites associated with Rose Pastor Stokes, Ernest Flagg, and McKim, Mead & White.

Tour Info

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

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, July 291:00 pm
Friday, August 1111:00 am
Saturday, September 1611:00 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

Location:
The northwest corner of Houston Street & First Avenue, at the edge of First Park.

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

Subway Trains
F train to Second Avenue

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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
Tour refunds (minus $1 per person, $2 for Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour, America's Museum and Brooklyn Distilled) 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.

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