An Introduction to the Far East nearby with a private guide
While there are more Chinese/Americans living in San Francisco (around 180, 000, or slightly more than 21% of their total population) than there are in Manhattan (around 104, 000) New York City has more than 562, 000 Chinese/Americans (6. 6% of our total population), and the entire tri-state area has almost 740, 000.
But Manhattan's Chinatown is part of a great bouillabaisse of cultures all close together - and it's in Chinatown where you can explore the markets for exotic food and tastes - you may have a dumpling here, or buy those fine chop sticks for your home - and hear stories of days gone by when life was even more exotic. And Little Italy is right in the middle of it all!
Beginning our tour at Canal Street and Broadway, we shall walk up Broadway to Howard Street, and walk east to Centre Street. We will drop in to the Museum of the Chinese in America (MOCA) and walk up to Grand Street and the old Police Headquarters. We will walk up Grand (or Broome - we shall see!) and across Mulberry - making a short visit with Little Italy - and to Mott Street and the intense beginning of Chinatown. Turning right onto Mott, we shall walk past the many open-air markets for fish and vegetables - some of which may be entirely new to you. Once reaching Canal Street we will turn left and cross Canal at Elizabeth Street.
We will have opportunities to taste some dumplings - and ice cream - by the time we arrive at Columbus Park and the great community of Chinese who congregate there in good weather.
We shall end by leaving and walking through Courthouse Square (aka Foley Square) to arrive at our ending point: the Brooklyn Bridge & City Hall subway.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Canal Street and Broadway, near the entrance/exit for the R Subway train, on Broadway. We can modify the starting point, if necessary, but this is a good beginning into the neighborhood.
End location: Although we can modify our route to end just about anywhere, an ideal place to conclude this tour would be at the Subway station at City Hall for the 4,5,and 6 trains - right opposite the Brooklyn Bridge! (The station for the R train is just across City Hall Park.)
Duration: 1 hour 30 min.
This time span should cover just about all, but the size of Chinatown may make for a longer walk than originally designed.
This tour will be entirely by foot.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - Souvenirs, snacks, and water. Other services, such as foot massages and the like will increase this expenditure, of course.
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Bill, our tour guide, was exceptional. He really captured the history of Midtown and explained unique details to our international group. He was witty and gave the group some good laughs. Our tour saw the cathedral, the large skyscrapers of midtown, Grand Central, and Bryant Park, ending with Times Sq. While this is easy to do yourself, Bill provided details we otherwise wouldn't have known and company that was superb. Would definitely hire again!