The East Village has a spectacularly diverse history. It's seen wave after wave of immigrants as well as hippies, punks and hipsters (before they were called 'hipsters'). It's been called many names which themselves elicit the neighborhoods diverse history--Little Germany (Kleindeutchland), Little Ukraine, Little India, the Lower East Side, Loisida, Alphabet City.
We'll explore the fascinating history of the East Village with an emphasis on it's ethnic diversity. We'll see landmarks of its German, Irish, Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish, and Puerto Rican history, as well as landmarks of its counter-cultural history such as CBGBs. Along the tour you'll be able to sample a mouthwatering cannoli or vegan ice cream.
This is a walking tour. The best way to see New York City is on foot. Bring good shoes, a camera, and appropriate clothing.
We will visit a number of cafes during the tour but no food is included in the cost.
On the tour we'll visit McSorley's Ale House, the Hebrew Actors Union, St Marks Place, Tompkins Square Park, Katz Delicatessen, Russ and Daughters, and much more.
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My name is John Semlak and I live in East Harlem in Manhattan. I would love to show everything that the great city of New York has to offer. From the side streets of Greenwich Village to the corridors of finance on Wall Street, from the melting pot of Queens to the brownstones of Brooklyn, I can offer an walking tour tailored to your interests. All the photos posted with my experiences are my own unless otherwise credited. My tours are walking tours unless otherwise noted. By far the best way to see New York City is on foot. Plus it's healthy. Most of my tours last at least two hours but we can tailor the tour to your schedule. My tours cover a variety of topics, from the city's history, arts, architecture, pop culture, and cuisine. I am a licensed tour guide with three 4 years experience and much more experience wandering the streets of New York. I speak English and fluent Russian and offer tours in both languages. Meet me in NYC! Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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