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lower east side walking tour

Forgotten Lower East Side

lower east side walking tour

The "Forgotten Lower East Side" 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.

Discussed on tour:

  • How the neighborhood evolved into a renown tenement district
  • Local ecology; former ponds, streams, hills
  • Former Native American sites and trails
  • European colonization
  • Various ethnic populations
  • Important cultural influences born on the Lower East Side
  • Labor movements
  • Tenement life
  • Changes presently affecting the Lower East Side


Visit on tour:

  • The notorious Five Points, former Irish and African enclave
  • Former Jewish and Italian immigrant/tenement districts
  • Chinatown and the Bowery
  • Historic churches, synagogues, theaters, restaurants, shops
  • Popular landmarks and sites of interest


Your Guide:

michael zwack Michael Zwack has lived on the Bowery 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.


eric Eric Ferrara is founder and director of Lower East Side History Project, and author of several New York City history books including two new titles, Lower East Side: Then & Now & Lower East Side: Oral Histories. Ferrara has consulted numerous movie and television projects for HBO, Warner Brothers, National Geographic, History Chanel and many more. Learn more about Eric here.

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Every Saturday & Sunday
3:00pm - 4:30pm

buy Forgotten Lower East Side Tour tickets at zerve

Fee: $25pp
Reservations: Required. You can pay in advance at Zerve or contact us to RSVP and pay in cash on the day of the tour.
Meet: Foley Square, SE corner of Centre & Worth Streets
Subway: J, Z to Chambers St  or 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge
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Once off the subway, walk a few short blocks
north along CENTRE STREET:
directions from subway

The tour ends around Essex and Delancey Streets
near the F, J, M, Z subway line (see map)

Why choose an LESHP tour?

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