Discover what made New York City “the cradle of the American labor movement.” Walking the Central and East Villages between Washington Square Park and Union Square, where for over two centuries home, work and social life have intertwined, this tour explores the history of the labor movement and the working people who built New York. Stops could include sites associated with the first Labor Day Parade in 1882, the founding of the ILGWU, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the 1836 Stonecutter’s Riot, and sites associated with 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 other labor-related dates – both known and unknown – throughout the year).
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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.
Northeast corner of Washington Square North and Fifth Avenue, opposite the Washington Square Arch.
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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All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.
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.
With 24+ hours prior to a walking tour, Big Onion offers a full credit for the value of the booking. Credits will be given as Gift Cards in dollar amounts. Gift Cards are good for two years and can be used on any Big Onion outing. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows cannot be credited.
Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.
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