To take a self-guided tour of the Lower East Side, download our free Podcast Tour and enjoy a fascinating tour that covers the history, people and interesting information all about the Lower East Side of New York City. Podcast Chapters: (right click on your mouse to save files to your computer or to iTunes) Introduction Eldridge Street Synagogue Neighborhood Outside ESS Canal Street Canal and Allen Orchard Street Jarmulovsky’s Bank Heart of the Lower East Side Garment District Grand Street Immigrants to the LES Pickles and Coffee Visitor Center Orchard and Broome Streets The Delancey Family Arts and Culture The Historic and the Hip The Melting Pot of Food Russ and Daughters Katz’s Deli Lower East Side of Diversity The Lower East Side Business Improvement District offers several free tours:
Free Historic Tours
Every Sunday, April through November at 11 a.m., meet in front of Katz’s Delicatessen (corner of East Houston and Ludlow Street) for a comprehensive historic tour. Free and open to the public. Take a historical three-hour journey through the Lower East Side and explore some of the rich history tracing the arrival of immigrants to modern times.
Additional Neighborhood Tours
A number of organizations offer tours in the area. There is a fee to take these tours. Some of the organizations offering tours include:
The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy 400 Grand Street (at Clinton Street) 212-374-4100 www.nycjewishtours.org The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy features fully and professionally guided, story-filled tours (2.5–3 hours) which take visitors both inside the sacred sites, and on to the history-filled streets of the Lower East Side and East Village. Tours are punctuated by regular “nosh stops” and tailored to fit your interests. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum 97 Orchard Street 212-431-0233 www.tenement.org Recreating life in the tenements in its restored building with apartments typical of the turn of the century, the museum also offers exciting tours, dramas, “urban explorations,” children’s programs and exhibitions. Note: Admission tickets, gallery and gift shop at 104 Orchard Street. Tours start from 1pm: Tues-Fri, 11am: Sat-Sun. No public tours on Mondays, except in July and August. The Museum at Eldridge Street (based in 1887 The Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark) 12 Eldridge Street 212-219-0302 www.eldridgestreet.org The Museum’s mission and purpose is to present the culture, history and traditions of the great wave of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side drawing parallels with the diverse cultural communities that have settled in America. Tours, exhibits and public and educational programs tell the story of the generations that carried religious and communal customs to a new country and celebrate America’s broad cultural traditions. One-hour guided tours begin every half hour until 4pm. Adults $10; Students & Seniors (62+) $8; Children 5-18 $6; [under 5 free]. Monday mornings free tours from 10am to noon for individuals and groups less than six. Open Sunday-Thursday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Jewish and major national holidays. The Lower East Side History Project 308 Bowery 347-465-7767 http://www.leshp.org/tours/ The Lower East Side History Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to researching and documenting the Lower East Side’s great history, in order to raise awareness of the neighborhood’s historic significance and influence in world history. We provide public and private walking tours, K-12 and university level educational programming, lectures, presentations and more. Walking tours are offered most days of the week. Please check our website for more information.