Jewish lower east side Oy!Vey! - Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes. Recommended for ages 10 and above

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), Hebrew (fluent)

histoical sites of the Jewish immigrants and more with a Private Guide

The dream of America, Di Goldeneh Medina (the golden land) attracted millions of Eastern European Jews fleeing oppression and pogroms form the early 1880's. Close to 2 million Jews came here in the 4 decades following. The new immigrants mostly form Poland and Russia found the streets to be overcrowded with people and pushcarts. Then in 1924 strict quotas with restrictive immigration laws limited their entrance into the promised land (America). Come hear the stories of this great migration from Europe based on family and hard work that helped this community assimilate and grow. They built a a unique community where they established synagogues, schools, banks and businesses. From their dreams and hopes they created a vibrant and complex culture that was known as the Jewish Lower East Side. tales of how immigrants struggled with it's rich history and cultural diversity.


We will walk the streets of what was once the most populated area in the world. We will see old Jewish banks, the first pawn shop, eateries (maybe even nosh a little) theaters, synagogues and more . Come see it before it disappears. OY!VEY!

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: we meet at Chrystie and Houston St. at the steps of Sarah D Roosevelt Park at the end of 2nd Ave

End location: We will end at Canal St. and Eldridge St. I will direct you back to your next location.

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.


This is a walking tour

What’s Included

Sites we cover: We do not go into these sites

Sunshine Theatre
Jarmulowsky Bank
Jewish Benevolent Society
Orchard St.
Hester St.
Hester St.
Romanite Synagogue (where it was)
Pickle Guys Eldridge St. Synagogue
Forward Building
Eastern Dispensary
Bnei Brit were it was found
Allen Street

History of neighborhood

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 USD - Any food or other items purchased during tour

What’s Extra

Transportation fees, food, souvenirs are not included in price

A Recent Review of this tour

toured with Robin jewish lower east side on a sunday had a mixed group Hebrew and English everybody enjoyed the tour very much we will be back for the mobster tour thx Robin
Ray Aizen

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