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

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

2. 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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New York City: Half-Day Tour

3. New York City: Half-Day Tour

Spend the day visiting New York City’s most iconic landmarks, including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. See St. Patrick's Cathedral and check out the wonderful views of New York as you travel down 5th Ave. The Empire State Building is accessible at the end of the tour with a reserve or express ticket, which is optional and must be bought separately. Use the high-powered binoculars to get a better look at the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Hudson River, Central Park, and more.   After this experience, the group will head to Little Italy for a pastry snack. Continue your tour over to the Wall Street area, where you can check out Trinity Church, Federal Hall, and the Charging Bull statue, an enduring symbol of optimism and prosperity.   The second highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Statue of Liberty, which you’ll access by taking the ferry to Liberty Island. Access the pedestal portion of the statue, where you can get panoramic views of Ellis Island, New Jersey, and New York. Visit the new museum on Liberty Island, which chronicles the development and creation of this symbol of freedom.   Finally, your tour will end at the somber 9/11 Memorial, located at the former location of the Twin Towers. Afterwards, you’ll be dropped off at Times Square to continue your exploration of the city in this exciting square.

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New York: Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals Unlimited Biking

4. New York: Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rentals Unlimited Biking

Explore Lower Manhattan with a 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, or 4-hour bike rental. You can also rent the bike for 24 hours, or purchase a day-pass to rent the bike for a whole day, returning it before 7:00L PM on the same day. The area is rich in architecture, history, and culture, making it ideal to tour by bike. Cycle the Lower East Side’s Little Italy to vibrant Chinatown. Go to the site of the former World Trade Center, or bike the café-laden streets of the Meatpacking District, SoHo, or Greenwich Village. You are provided with all bike equipment, including chain locks and baskets, while a city map is included for your convenience. With a 1-hour bike rental, you can easily cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge and back for fantastic city views. Rent a bike for a full 24 hours and cycle the dedicated greenways.

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What people are saying about Little Italy, New York

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 132 reviews

The tour guide is truly knowledgeable (but not at all boring). The time with him fun and educational. He gives the history of the areas and explains how each of the 3 areas grew and shrunk as the laws and cultures changed. Plus, he has pictures to show how it used to be or look vs now. A son of an Asian immigrant, he knows where to find a great dumpling treat.

The tour was pretty amazing and fabulous, the Tour Guide Mr. Andrew was really amazing and very humble and knowledgeable of great history stories . This tour is a must for those who would like to know the darkness of China town and Little Italy

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.

This was an excellent way to be introduced to the history and culture of different communities in NYC. Highly recommend if you've never been to NYC before or just enjoy eating different cuisines!

Great walking tour that enhanced my understanding of an early immigrant moving to New York City. Experienced Jewish, Chinese, italian and German food.