Constructed in the decades before the American Civil War, the area around Gramercy Park and Union Square has been an epicenter of NYC history for almost two centuries! From the refined residential streets and the private space of Gramercy Park to the vibrant, bustling streets of Union Square, this walk explores some of New York City’s most iconic people, places, and events of the 19th and 20th centuries. Stops could include: the former Tammany Hall headquarters and the Players Club, along with sites associated with the Civil War Draft Riots, Emma Goldman, Stanford White, Peter Cooper, Theodore Roosevelt, and Andy Warhol.
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|Saturday, July 27||10:00 am|
|Friday, August 2||1:00 pm|
|Wednesday, August 7||12:00 pm|
|Tuesday, August 13||12:00 pm|
|Thursday, August 22||12:00 pm|
|Monday, September 2||12:00 pm|
|Thursday, September 5||1:00 pm|
|Friday, September 13||11:00 am|
|Wednesday, September 18||11:00 am|
|Sunday, September 29||12:00 pm|
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.
Where Lexington Avenue starts at Gramercy Park North/East 21st Street
Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
6/Q/R to 23rd Street.
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 anywhere. 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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