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Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side

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During this tour, you'll stroll through Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side. You will learns how immigrants settled in these areas and sample traditional foods in each area of the tour.

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  • Learn about the history of immigration in each of these area
  • Sample traditional Chinese, Italian and Jewish food
  • Uncover the history of tenement life in Chinatown, Little Italy and the LES
  • Walk some of the oldest streets in New York City
  • Visit the original St. Patrick's Basilica


Once one of the most densely populated districts in the world, Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side of Manhattan have witnessed numerous changes during the past hundred years. This walking tour is a resourceful glimpse into the past, with stops at some off-the beaten track locations. The tour will focus on a few of the remaining vestiges and surviving structures of this era of immigration and offer a taste of the delectable flavors of each neighborhood. The history of New York City is rooted in the immigrants that came over from various parts of Europe and other parts of the world. This includes Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Chinese people. This tour will review the reasons each of these groups left their homelands and the impact they had on the history of New York City. This includes the culture, the architecture, and the various foods of these immigrant groups. We will start at Columbus Park in Chinatown which was the initial site of the famous “Five Points.” After exploring Chinatown and eating tasty dumplings, we’ll move to Little Italy to see some sites and sample some traditional dishes. We’ll then move on to the Lower East Side to learn its history and sample authentic Jewish food.


Tour starts at Columbus Park in Manhattan at the corner of Mulberry and Worth Street

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