The "Five Points/Chinatown/Little Italy" walking tour goes off the beaten path, exploring districts and aspects of our neighborhood most excursions overlook. Sure, we'll discuss the tenements and immigrant experience in detail, but we'll go beyond the familiar narrative and cover a thousand years of important history; from Native Americans to modern-day gentrification.

Utilizing generations of insight, rare maps, photos, documents, articles and oral histories not found elsewhere, LESHP digs deep into the neighborhood's forgotten history.

Visited on tour:
  • The notorious Five Points, former Irish and African enclave
  • Former Italian immigrant/tenement districts
  • Chinatown
  • Historic churches, theaters, restaurants, shops
  • Popular landmarks and sites of interest
Discussed on tour:
  • Truth about the movie, "Gangs of New York"
  • How the neighborhood evolved into a renown tenement district
  • Various ethnic populations and influences
  • Tenement life
  • Changes presently affecting the Lower East Side
  • And much more!

Every Saturday at 2:00PM

You can pay in advance online via debit/credit card or contact us to RSVP and pay cash on the day of the tour.
(Also available as a private tour -- or you can purchase a gift card!)

Meet here:

Location: Foley Square (at the "Triumph of Human Spirit" fountain/sculpture)
Directions: J, Z to Chambers Street or 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge
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Meet here


Look for this fountain/sculpture in the park:

Triumph of the Human Spirit



Your guide:

Michael ZwackMichael Zwack has lived on the Lower East Side for 37 years. As an internationally exhibited artist, Michael was part of a group in the 1970s designated "The Pictures Generation" by Metropolitan Museum curator Douglas Eklund. Michael is a veteran, licensed tour guide and active community member who is passionate about the history of the Lower East Side and New York City.

(Tour sometimes guided by Eric Ferrara)

Eric FerraraEric Ferrara is a fourth-generation Lower East Sider and founder of Lower East Side History Project. He is author of several popular books, including "Lower East Side: Then & Now" and "Lower East Side: Oral Histories". He is also a consultant and on air personality for several movies and television shows including HBO, History Channel, BBC, Discovery and many more. Learn more about Eric here.