Whether you’re a fan of punk rock or want to know more about the Lower East Side’s immigrant history, the East Village Walking Tour provides lots of insight into the history and culture of this interesting and diverse neighborhood of New York City.
There are a number of landmark buildings in the tour, and the activity is affordable, which makes it ideal for families and large groups. The tour guide is also a resident of East Village, so you can be sure that you’re getting accurate information during the walking tour. However, there are a few drawbacks to the tour. For instance, a number of buildings are scheduled to be torn down in the East Village. A number of businesses in the area are also losing their leases. This means that there may not be enough features to show during the walking tour.
Attractive features of the East Village Walking Tour include:
- The Alamo
- St. Mark’s Place
- The Cooper Union
- Tompkins Square
- Orpheum Theatre
If you’re planning an extended stay in the East Village, you’ll love the Bowery Hotel. The facility has 135 rooms. Coming into the lobby is like being a part of a pre-Rahaelite painting. Take in the Gothic fireplace, the Oriental rugs and floors made of Moroccan tile. All the rooms are pure vintage-repro, right down to the ceilings made of beadboard. Toiletries are supplied by Bigelow & Co. The staff is extremely friendly, which dispels the perception that New Yorkers are curt or rude. The hotel is located at 335 Bowery.
The East Village Walking Tour is conducted Saturdays and Wednesdays at noon and costs $20. If you’re going on the tour with a group of less than 10 people, there’s no need to make a reservation. However, it’s best to arrive 15 minutes ahead of time at the Bowery Poetry Club at 308 Bowery. The closest subway to the East Village Neighborhood tour is the F Train to 2nd Avenue. There are several stops along the way, and the tour covers about half a mile at a comfortable walking pace. It’s best for you to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for the tour. If there is severe weather, the walking tour may be cancelled.
Private walking tours are available as well. The tours are 2 hours and cost $100 for one to four people. If the tour is for more than four people, the cost is $20 per person. Discounted rates are available for groups of 25 people or more. For more details on the East Village Walking Tour, call 347.465.7767.