The Ultimate Downtown Private Tour


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent)

Back and Forth in Time and All Around the World

The Lower East Side, including Chinatown and Little Italy, is most famous for its immigrant culture, Greenwich Village for its bohemian culture, and the Brooklyn Bridge is, well, timeless. But New York itself is always evolving; we explore both the historic and contemporary.

In the Lower East Side, we see vivid examples of the different cultures that inhabited it: the Chinese, Italians, Eastern European Jews, even the Civil-War Five Points era that was depicted in the film "Gangs of New York. "

At the foot of the Lower East Side is the Brooklyn Bridge, a magnificent structure with a fascinating back story. Greenwich Village's boom era was the early 19th century as evident in the charming homes that dominate the West Village, as well as lovely Washington Square Park in its center.

What is special about this tour is the variety and density of interesting things we get to see and discuss.


Depending on client's interests, we can visit any combination of the following attractions:

Municipal Building
City Hall
Woolworth Building
Brooklyn Bridge
Thurgood Marshall U. S. Courthouse
9/11 Memorial
Columbus Park
Eldridge Street Synagogue
Jarmulowsky Bank Building
Jewish Daily Forward Building
Seward Park
Educational Alliance
Shteibl Row
Essex Street Market
Washington Square Park
Washington Mews
New York University
Stonewall Inn
Grove Court
Northern Dispensary
"Friends" TV show apartment building
Cooper Union
Church of St. Luke's in the Fields
St. Marks Church
Public Theater
Tompkins Square Park
Yonah Schimmel
Katz's Delicatessen
Russ & Daughters
Economy Candy
Old St. Patrick's Cathedral

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We would meet at a predetermined spot convenient for you, which could possibly be your hotel or cruise ship.

End location: The tour could end where we began or at any predetermined spot.

Duration: 4 hours


Subway is the fastest and most reliable form of NYC transportation. If and when preferred, we can use taxi cabs.

What’s Included

You get a fully licensed tour guide with inside information on all NYC things, including culture, food and history.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 USD - For lunch, snacks, transportation, per person.

What’s Extra

Admission fees to any landmarks or amusements are the responsibility of participants, as are fares for subway, taxis or limousines.

A Recent Review of this tour

Thanks as always to Richard - hugely knowledgeable, always thoughtful and flexible, a joy to explore with. Thoroughly and highly recommended.
Simon Davies

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