Lower East Side History Project Walking Tours

The former slum district of NYC’s Lower East Side is one of the most iconic and historically significant neighborhoods in the world. Even though times have changed, this one time immigrant haven still boasts the character and charm of yore — if you know where to look.

This unique walking tour compares images and stories of yesterday with today and offers unparalleled insight into the evolution of a neighborhood now popular for its trendy boutiques, hotels and restaurants.

Visited on tour:

  • Legendary eateries (Katz’s deli, Economy Candy, Pickle Guy, etc)
  • Historic synagogues and churches
  • Iconic landmarks, cultural sites and points of interest
  • Classic, old-fashioned retail stores
  • Orchard Street, Rivington Street, Delancey Street, Essex Street, Hester Street, etc.
  • Much more!

Discussed on tour:

  • Tenement life
  • The immigrant experience
  • Settlement houses
  • Employment, sweatshops, labor unions
  • Yiddish and immigrant theater
  • The roots of Hollywood on the Lower East Side
  • Much more!


Every Saturday and Tuesday at 10:00am (ends 11:30am)


$20pp on Saturdays. RSVP REQUIRED.
Free on Tuesdays/tips appreciated! RSVP REQUIRED.

Meet here:

Location: Straus Square, corner of E. Broadway and Essex Street
Directions: F train to “East Broadway” station.
Straus Square is right outside the station.
View Google map/get directions

Book this tour:

You can book now and pay in cash on the day of the tour — or pay in advance online (with a small fee).

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