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Explore Manhattan’s Lower East Side and discover its amazing cuisine. Learn about the neighborhood’s diverse cultural heritage and how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic cuisine.
Today the Lower East Side is filled with bars, clubs and trendy restaurants. Your professional guide can show you the edible remnants of its immigrant past. The Lower East Side was once home to many of New York City’s new immigrants. Poles, Jews, Italians, Africans and Chinese have all called the Lower East Side home.
Lower East Side Landmarks
The Lower East Side landmarks you’ll see include
You’ll walk through this park on the edge of Chinatown. You’ll learn about the notorious 5 Points neighborhood. It was the home turf of flamboyant Irish gangs, criminals of all types and rundown tenements. You’ll hear about Irish immigration and see photos of what the neighborhood once looked like.
You’ll walk through Chinatown and hear about Chinese immigration. You’ll visit a local favorite dumpling shop and sample a dumpling. Your guide will recommend places and restaurants that you might want to visit later.
New York City Supreme Court
It was built on what was once a poor Irish community and before that a polluted pond. This building is featured on most episodes of Law & Order.
You’ll head up Mulberry Street and learn about Italian immigration and organized crime. You’ll see amazing street art. There will be a stop at a local Italian food shop for a delicious mozzarella tasting.
This used to be Little Italy but today is a trendy neighborhood with hip bars and restaurants. You’ll see some of the best street art in New York City.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
See the original St. Patrick’s Cathedral and learn about the hardships Catholic immigrants suffered.
Sara D. Roosevelt Park
This park was named for President Franklin Roosevelt’s mother. You’ll stop at M’Finda Kalunga Garden and hear about Latin American immigration.
African Burial Ground National Monument
Your guide will tell you about the memorial and the monument and the significance of its design. You’ll also hear about the early African experience in New York City for those who were brought here as slaves and those who were freed.
You’ll see the transformation of the Lower East Side from an area filled with run down tenements and poverty to one that is being gentrified. And you’ll see community gardens and great street art. You’ll learn about Jewish, German and Latin American immigrants in this neighborhood. You’ll sample a savory Jewish baked good and two other neighborhood delicacies.
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