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 one-hour 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 at 10:00AM

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!)


1.5 hours

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.
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Your guide:

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.