East Village - Private Tour


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour has lots of history and stories. If your child likes that , they will find things of interest.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 6



Danish (fluent), Spanish (conversational)

Colorful History and the Cutting Edge of Today with a private guide

We begin at Astor Place and Lafayette St, once the classiest address in New York. We'll see Cooper Union, the oldest coeducational college in America and McSorley's, the oldest tavern in the city. We then visit St. Mark's Church, where Peter Stuyvesant is buried. At Thompkins Square Park, the city's immigration story unfolds. We'll pass the beautiful pocket gardens of the neighborhood, started on rubble strewn lots and now a prized addition to the neighborhood, on the way to the New York Marble Cemetery, one of the city's oldest. Next it's E. 4th St. , home of some of the city's most notable experimental theaters, to the storied Bowery. Finally we go up Lafayette Street past the Public Theater, one of the city's premiere theater companies. I will point out many terrific places to eat and drink along the way. Special arrangements can be made to incorporate this into your tour if you like. I look forward to sharing my experience and affection for the East Village with you.


Astor Place, Cooper Union
MacSorley's, 2nd Avenue, St. Mark's Church
E. 9th Street shops, Thompkins Square Park
Gardens of E. 6 th St. , Indian restaurants of 6 St.
First public housing in America
New York Marble Cemetery, Theaters of E. 4 St.
The Bowery
Merchant's House, Lafayette St.

I can tailor this tour to your particular interests, for example
emphasizing great food attractions or about empahsizing the history of the 50's the through the 1980's art and counter culture scene.

We tour rain or shine. There are many places to duck into along the way in if need be.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: The Astor Place Cube - a big piece of sculpture that cannot be missed where Astor Pl., Lafayette, and 8th street meet.

I can meet you at your hotel as well, though this takes time away from your tour. I am happy to accommodate you , either way.

End location: We end where we began, though this can be adjusted depending on what your group desires.

Duration: 3 hours


This is a walking tour, though moderate.

What’s Included

Your detailed and lively tour of the East Village. There are no expenses connected to any of the places we will visit.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 USD - If you chose to have lunch in neighborhood, that is a actually more than you will need.

What’s Extra

If we make any special food arrangements, those will be your expense. If I meet you at your hotel, whatever mode of transportation you wish to use will be your expense.

A Recent Review of this tour

Rob was one of the best guides EVER! He is energetic, steeped in history and knowledge and enthusiastic. I would recommend him to anyone!
Wynnell Schrenk

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