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.
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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - If you chose to have lunch in neighborhood, that is a actually more than you will need.
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We had great time with Rob. He knows so much about this city and the area we went with him through. Rob told so many stories and historic facts about the city, the time with him was gone too fast. It was really a great pleasure meeting Rob, talking to him, and listening to his stories. Thank you very, very much, Rob, for this great and intersting morning walk!