TriBeCa: The History of Manhattan’s Western Frontier

Walk "The Triangle Below Canal" as we explore the history and architecture of one of Manhattan's oldest neighborhoods.

The neighborhood of TriBeCa captures Manhattan Island’s constant reinvention within a single square mile. Our tour takes us through 350+ years of New York history from a sleepy countryside of meadows and estates to New York’s first planned suburb. From early 19th century markets and warehouses for a growing city to the post-industrial residential neighborhood. Along the walk we will see a vast array of architectural styles and a wide range of unique and spectacular historic stories. Stops could include: locations of the first Columbia College and New York Hospital, Washington Market, Duane Triangle, and sites associated with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Helen Jewett, Robert DeNiro and Anneke Jans Bogardus.

Tour Info

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

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Tour Schedule
Saturday, October 271:00 pm
Saturday, November 31:00 pm
Thursday, November 81:00 pm
Thursday, November 151:00 pm
Saturday, December 1512:00 pm
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:
Intersection of West Broadway, Hudson & Chambers Streets, at Bogardus Triangle

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

Subway Trains
1/2/3/A/C/E to Chambers 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.

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.

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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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