An Introduction to the Far East Nearby with a private guide
We could begin our tour at Canal Street and Broadway, near the entrance/exit for the R train on Broadway. From there, we shall walk up Broadway to Howard St. , and when we turn right we shall begin to experience both a mixed and changing neighborhood, but also the small producers and retailers that make Chinatown such an attraction.
We can walk through many different aspects of Chinatown, including the street markets as well as the community areas - and we may take a look at the Museum of the Chinese in America (MOCA) if time permits (visiting this may extend the tour beyond the 90 minutes).
We will visit another world!
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.
You will visit many areas, and hear interesting stories of the events in some of those areas throughout time. We will have the opportunity to taste of the food of Chinatown, as well as experience the feel of a neighborhood that is almost complete unto itself.
Your guide is fully licensed, and experienced in this area.
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.
The cost of any souvenirs and/or meals would be extra.
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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!