Little Italy, New York
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From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

1. From Manhattan: Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn Bus Tour

After pickup, head north from Manhattan, going through the neighborhood of Harlem and crossing into the Bronx. Visit the Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary NYC baseball team. Enjoy a stop to take pictures and shop for souvenirs. Proceed to the South Bronx to see graffiti and street art masterpieces. Hear the stories behind each of the most famous pieces, snapping photos along the way. Next, head to Queens, the largest and most multicultural borough in New York. Visit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where you'll find the Mets' Stadium and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The final stop in Queens will be on Roosevelt Avenue, one of the borough’s main streets. See first hand how immigration has contributed to the vibrant life of this neighborhood, full of multicultural stores and restaurants. The last borough to visit is Brooklyn, where you’ll see the Jewish Quarters in Williamsburg, which provide a stark contrast to the more trendy areas made famous by movies and TV shows.

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3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

2. 3 Neighborhoods Tour: Soho, Chinatown & Little Italy

The 3 Neighborhoods Tour will give you unique insight into three very different places in Manhattan. Start in Soho, one of NYC's trendiest neighborhoods. Learn about the area's real estate and how this area became on of the most expensive places to live on the island. Stroll into the heart of Soho and see some of the most posh bakeries, shops, and restaurants that Soho has to offer. Walk down Greene Street and talk about why Soho has such unique and beautiful architecture. See the Haughwout Building and the Old Police Station before heading to the next neighborhood. Make a quick stop in Nolita and sample some cheesecake before working your way into Historic Little Italy. Sample some of the delicious local cuisine such as cannolis, gelato, pizza, and more! Mingle with locals and get the inside scoop about famous spots on Mulberry Street. Chinatown is the last neighborhood. Visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple and get a peek of the 16-foot Golden Buddha. Pass the Manhattan Bridge and walk into the heart of Chinatown. Enjoy treats from The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory while you see where Chinatown got its start. Walk down Doyer Street and learn how the neighborhood has changed over the years. End the tour by enjoying a traditional dumpling and talking about about the infamous Five Points.

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New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

3. New York: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

With a choice of two different 1-day tickets with two route options, explore New York from onboard the open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop-off at the attractions you want to explore further, and see the city at your own pace before hopping back on the bus when you're ready to continue your tour. Travel on the Downtown Loop and the Uptown Loop, jumping off at any of the 40 stops along the way. Enjoy the best of Manhattan, from the flashing lights of Times Square and the iconic Empire State Building–New York's most prestigious skyscraper–to the fashion stores of 5th Avenue, or the impressive home of the United Nations. Onboard, you will have access to a high-quality live audio commentary, giving you a general overview of the sights. Downtown Loop Stop 1 - Times Square North - Corner of 57th St & 7th Ave Stop 2 - Times Square South - 7th Ave Stop 3 - Macys Stop 4 - Empire State Building 1 - 34th St between 5th & 6th Ave Stop 5 - Empire State Building 2 - 32nd St & 5th Ave Stop 6 - Flatiron District - 22nd St & 5th Ave Stop 7 - Union Square Stop 8 - Greenwich Village Stop 9 - SoHo - Corner of Spring St. & Broadway Stop 10 - Chinatown/Little Italy Stop 11 - City Hall / World Trade / Brooklyn Bridge / 9/11 Tribute Museum - Broadway between Rector St. & Exchange Place Stop 12 - Battery Park / Ellis Island / Statue of Liberty Ferry - State St & Bridge St Stop 13 - South Street Seaport Stop 14 - Lower East Side Stop 15 - East Village Stop 16 - United Nations Stop 17 - Waldorf Astoria Hotel Stop 18 - Rockefeller Center / Radio City Stop 19 - Winter Garden Theatre Stop 20 - Central Park Stop 21 - Park Central Hotel Uptown Loop Stop 19: Winter Garden Theater Stop 20: Hell's Kitchen - 42nd St & 8th Ave Stop 21: Restaurant Row Stop 22: Theatre District South - 50th St & 8th Ave Stop 23: Theatre District North - 55th St & 8th Ave Stop 24: Columbus Circle Stop 25: Lincoln Center Stop 26: The Dakota / Strawberry Fields Stop 27: American Museum of Natural History Stop 28: Quality Inn/Hotel Newton  Stop 29: Upper West Side - 104th St & Central Park W Stop 30: Cathedral of St John the Divine Stop 31: Grant's Tomb Stop 32: Apollo Theater Stop 33: Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market Stop 34: Museum of the City of New York Stop 35: Smithsonian Museum of Design/Jewish Museum  Stop 36: Guggenheim Museum  Stop 37: Metropolitan Museum of Art Stop 38: Frick Collection Stop 39: Central Park Zoo  Stop 40: Central Park - South between 5th & 6th Ave. Stop 41: Park Central Hotel

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SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown 2-Hour Guided Walk

4. SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown 2-Hour Guided Walk

A Big Apple experience doesn’t get more authentic than a visit to SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown, where you’ll experience very different worlds in a relatively small area. Spot movie stars, celebrities, and fashionistas in historic SoHo district with its charming cast-iron buildings – its greatest treasure. On this 2-hour guided walk you’ll hear stories of immigrant struggles and gang violence in Little Italy and Chinatown as you sample ethnic food. The itinerary includes visits to many of the following sites: • Spring Street • Greene and Spring streets (site of the Manhattan Well Murder, which was the first recorded murder case in New York City) • Cast Iron district • E.V. Haughwout Building (home to the first safety elevator) • 421 Broome Street (where Heath Ledger died, in Mary Kate Olsen's apartment) • Old Police Station (1909 Beaux-Arts building, which is now a residence) • Ravenite Club (the story of John Gotti) • Old Saint Patrick's • Mulberry Street (heart of Little Italy) • Alleva Dairy (where cheese has been made for a hundred years) • Italian American Museum (site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire) • Umbertos (site of the mob hit on Joe Gallo) • National Shrine Church of San Gennaro (story of the liquefaction of the saint's blood) • Opium den • Bloody Angle (Doyers Street) • Columbus Park (of Gangs of New York fame)

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Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

5. Manhattan: Skyline Bus Tour at Night

Take a nighttime bus tour of New York and see how the city comes alive after dark. Sit back and relax on the bus as your accompanying guide provides you with facts and interesting stories about the famous landmarks you’ll pass. Enjoy nighttime views of famous places that may include Times Square, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the Empire State Building, Little Italy, and the Brooklyn Bridge, depending on the option selected. Feel the ambiance of the metropolis known as The City That Never Sleeps.

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Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

6. Manhattan: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

Rediscover the charm of vibrant Manhattan on a private tour with a savvy local host. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there, as we all know the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it from a local's perspective. Travel through the best parts of Central Park, where New Yorkers go jogging and cycling. Go for a stroll downtown, stopping along the way at the best cafes loved by real New Yorkers. Or allow your local host to lead you towards the charming, old-style covered market in Greenwich Village, stopping to see the High Line. There are so many possibilities for your customized itinerary. After booking, you will be contacted about your preferences and interests. A like-minded New Yorker who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be assigned to you as your local host.  Based on the things that you would like to see and do, a personalized and bespoke itinerary will be built just for you. During the tour, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a different sight or experience, they will suggest it to you. You will be able to arrange a meeting point and time with your host in the most convenient place for you. Let your private local host show you the New York you will love.

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Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

7. Manhattan: Sightseeing Bus Tour

Tour vibrant Manhattan aboard a comfortable coach whilst your expert guide narrates stories and interesting facts about the major sights of the city. Explore the different facets of the city and its various neighborhoods. Discover the most famous landmarks such as Times Square, the Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, and Empire State Building. See Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center, Central Park and Fifth Avenue. Head to Greenwich Village, the artsy SoHo district, the bustling streets of Chinatown, Little Italy's sidewalk cafes and the busy Wall Street area. Finally, you will visit the charming Battery Park to enjoy stunning views of the Statue of Liberty - one of the icons of New York and the United States.

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New York Walking Tour: Chinatown, Five Points & Little Italy

8. New York Walking Tour: Chinatown, Five Points & Little Italy

Learn the immigrant history of New York City as you follow in the footpaths of the first Chinese, Irish, and Italian settlers. Travel through different historical periods, such as the Gold Rush, railroads, and birth of the Chinatowns. Hear about the gangs of the Irish-dominated Five Points district, including "Boss Tweed" and his Tammany Hall political machine. Trace the path of the Mezzogiorno exodus of the Italian settles, to the origins of Little Italy. Revel in details about how each neighborhood was established and follow the struggles of the sun-drenched immigrants. Marvel at how they and their descendants built the greatest nation in the world. Pass the first tenement and the birthplace of the American Mafia. See where Lucky Luciano had his office, and hear about the first pizzeria in America. Custom-made posters are used throughout the tour to enhance guests’ experience.

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New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

9. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

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Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

10. Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

This 3-hour walking tour starts off at City Hall, where many immigrants become American citizens. Make your way around the neighborhood, visiting 100-year-old bakeries, churches, markets, and historic sites. Stroll the streets of little Italy, as Lucky Luciano might have a century ago. See synagogues and Jewish clothing stores. Along the way you’ll sink your teeth into amazing stories and amazing food. Knishes, tacos, dumplings, and more are all in store. Taste the culinary legacy left by those that have passed by Lady Liberty on their way to realize the American Dream. This trip is offered on a join-in basis, with a maximum group size of 12. If you are happy with the services provided by your local guide, a tip (though not compulsory) is appropriate and much appreciated!

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What people are saying about Little Italy, New York

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 165 reviews

My tour guide Eric was so knowledgeable not just on the places he took our group but was able to answer 90% of our questions without hesitation about many of the random things we found during our tour.

Excellent detailed information and it is the best way to get to know the history of the place. Bring comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the season because if it is a while walking.

Nicole was fabulous; she provided us great information regarding Soho, Little Italy and Chinatown. The best!

Super energetic and knowledgeable guide, plenty of breaks, very enjoyable and well organised.

The tour was excellent, easy to get the tickets and the sights seem where beautiful