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New York: 3-Hour Prohibition Bars Tour

1. New York: 3-Hour Prohibition Bars Tour

Learn the story of Prohibition in the United States, and hear about the nationwide ban on the sale, production, importation, and transportation of alcoholic beverages between 1920 and 1933. Led by rural Protestants and social Progressives in the Democratic and Republican parties, the dry movement was coordinated by the Anti-Saloon League and mandated under the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution. Many Americans resisted the move, and in cities such as New York, secret bars continued to operate, hidden from public view. Your guide will take you to some of the best-preserved of the 1920s hotspots, taking you back in time to the era of the Roaring '20s. Learn about the Volstead Act that defined the types of alcoholic beverages prohibited, and the local laws that were sometimes even more strict. Hear about the ratification of the 21st Amendment that repealed the 18th Amendment, and brought an end to Prohibition in December 1933.

East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

2. East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

Explore the East Village and learn about rock culture on a 2-hour guided walking tour. What a great neighborhood and one that you may not have explored on your own. The tour takes you through the East Village, Alphabet City and the Bowery. The East Village rock 'n' roll tour explores the music scene from the 60's through to the present. It is a historical tour that will leave you asking 'why didn't I do this tour sooner'. Rock, Punk and Glam are the three genres of music that helped form the history of rock culture and you will explore them all. New York City's East Village helped introduce new music, rock 'n' roll fashion and a way of life to the world. Now you can check out the sites and stories of The Ramones, New York Dolls, CBGB's, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, The Fillmore East, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and more. Find out where they played, lived, shopped and shot album covers, plus soak up the rich musical history of this Lower East Side neighborhood. Although many of these landmarks have changed, the memories continue to inspire up and coming New York City bands. You will explore the neighborhood's rock history, focusing on sites and artists including: • Fillmore East • Ramones • CBGB's • New York Dolls • Iggy • Album covers and more • A great walk through the historic East Village

Greenwich Village Tour

3. Greenwich Village Tour

Begin your 2-hour tour at the corner of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place, and learn about the history of Greenwich Village. Head to the Edgar Allan Poe house and the Washington Square Hotel. Explore Washington Square Park, a former potter's field, and learn how this area became the destination for musicians and protesters. Visit the Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, an event that led to the American labor movement. Head up McDougal Street, and see Cafe Wha, Cafe Reggio, and the Comedy Cellar. Learn where the best pizza in NYC is sold. Stroll down Christopher Street and visit the Stonewall Inn, where a riot in 1969 began America's Gay Rights Movement.

NYC: Food Tasting and Washington Square Park Walking Tour

4. NYC: Food Tasting and Washington Square Park Walking Tour

From the crazy colors of the mini cupcakes to the cheesy slice of pizza or hot falafel ball, there are many iconic foods to sample on this fully guided walking tour of Greenwich Village and New York City’s fun foods. Learn about the history and the landmarks of the Village and make sure you bring an appetite.  Afterwards, visit the famous Washington Square Park, a 9.75-acre (39,500 m2) public park in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of New York City's most well known public parks, it's an icon as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. It's operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway. Spend some time enjoying the music and entertainment around the Washington Square fountain area that has become one of the most popular spots for New Yorkers and tourists. NYU owns most of the buildings around the park including one of the United States' most acclaimed law schools. You'll also visit the famous McDougall and Bleecker Streets where you can always find a pub open at any hour.

5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

5. 5-Hour NYC Private Skyline Walking Tour

The perfect tour for couples and small groups who like to walk, be outdoors, and want to take their time to really connect with New York City, its people, and their passions with this ‘local’s look’ of the city. This five-hour hike begins in the hipsterville neighborhood of Willamsburg. We pass through Domino Park, named after the now defunct Domino Sugar Refinery, for a brief stroll through the waterfront area. Cross the Williamsburg Bridge and meet the faces behind the produce at New York’s Essex Market, the flagship of public indoor food markets in the city, for more than a century. Enjoy lunch in an industrial-chic underground market. Then it’s off to Chinatown where we visit the Mahayana Buddhist Temple containing NYC’s largest Buddha sculpture, before trekking across the Manhattan Bridge to DUMBO, known for its galleries, shops and unique views of the Empire State Building and the East River. The last challenge is to hike the 1.1-mile-long wooden walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge for a close-up view of its most distinctive features, the 276-foot-tall masonry towers that hold up the suspension bridge.

Greenwich Village Food Crawl

6. Greenwich Village Food Crawl

Join a food loving, like-minded New Yorker to explore Greenwich, one of the city’s most historic and foodie neighbourhoods, and eat your way around its diverse food scene, discovering how its immigrant communities brought their own unique heritage and delicious flavours to NY! This lively neighbourhood is known for its wide range of cuisines that reflect the ethnic diversity of NYC. But despite the daily new arrivals, many cafes, restaurants, delis and bakeries opened almost a century ago, and are now local institutions, where owners greet their customers by name and you’ll get a taste of the community spirit that the area still has.  Wander through the East Village, which is known as the heart of the Italian community and sample delicacies like cannoli and Sicilian aranchini, then visit a pizzeria that’s a local institution to taste a slice of the best pizza in NY!  Stop by a beloved local deli to try sample some Italian cheese or cured meat, indulge in something sweet at a tiny donut shop or explore the West Village which is known for its Jewish bakeries where you can sample traditional treats. Spend time getting to know your Local host, chat about your favourite food and get some insider recommendations of the most authentic locals places to eat and drink on the rest of your trip, at places your Local knows you will love.  The supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience you can always change your mind about what you want to do. Your host may also suggest adjustments or new routes if they feel that there is something just around the corner that you may enjoy, or perhaps if the weather affects your itinerary. Although you will see the main attractions in the area, they will also help you to discover the places, things and stories that you won’t find in a guidebook and that make the city unique.  This experience is better suited for adults. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

NYC: East Village TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

7. NYC: East Village TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

The East Village is home to many new and classic TV and film locations. This tour offers a new way to experience this unique neighborhood for anyone from first-time visitors to residents. You'll stop at the coffee shop from in "Sex and the City" and "Spider-Man 2." Visit Veneiro's Pastry Shop seen in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Law & Order: SVU," and "The Village." Stroll through the park featured in "Russian Doll," "Die Hard: Wiith a Vengeance," "Eat, Pray, Love," "The Godfather: Part II," "Sesame Street," and "the Wigstock Drag Festival."

NYC: Cupcake Bakery Crawl in Greenwich Village

8. NYC: Cupcake Bakery Crawl in Greenwich Village

Learn about the history of cupcakes as you visit some of the best small bakeshops in New York City. Your host will take you to secret bakeries, starting in the West Village and continuing to the East Village as you search for the best the city has to offer. From the mini classic buttercream cupcake to the red velvet cream-cheese cupcake, you will discover a range of eclectic flavors baked daily. This bakery crawl will take about 1.5 hours throughout which you will walk for 1.5 miles. Visit the local bakeries and taste some of the most desired cupcakes the locals rave about, whilst also discovering local art and music as you crawl from the famous Washington Square Park to the streets of the East Village. You will depart from this experience with a newly discovered love for New York's Bakeries and the East Village. You will also of course have the opportunity to shop at the bakeries to take some delicious goodies home to share.

East Village NYC Pizza Walking Tour

9. East Village NYC Pizza Walking Tour

Explore New York’s Lower East Side on a unique walking tour that combines a little history, some local color, and a lot of pizza! Once the proving ground for newly arrived immigrants, the Lower East Side housed a mix of Germans, Poles, Ukranians, and Italians - all from working class families just trying to make it their home. It was a neighborhood so cramped, the goal of all who lived there was to get out as quickly as possible. Fast forward a few decades and it has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in New York. More importantly, it has become one of the most pizza-dense neighborhoods on the planet! The streets are filled with classic slice shops, tiny Neapolitan eateries, and creative new angles on century-old techniques. As you walk - and your guide fills you up with pizza knowledge - stop at 3 pizzerias, each specializing in a different stage of the pie's development from a humble Neapolitan street food to a celebrated American staple. Spend time with the owners and pizzaioli (pizza makers) to learn some of the tricks of the trade. Beyond learning about ancient pizza toppings and dough stretching techniques, compare the baking patterns of 3 different pizza ovens. By the end of the tour you’ll have a deep understanding of pizza’s origin, as well as its evolution into a worldwide phenomenon.

New York City: East Village Curated 4-Course Food Tour

10. New York City: East Village Curated 4-Course Food Tour

Enjoy a culinary experience in the East Village, the birthplace of punk. Try great food as you explore this artsy neighborhood with an experienced guide. Meet your guide outside Theater 80. Follow them through the heart of the East Village. Visit four restaurants for two appetizers, one entree, and one dessert, with a sprinkling of culinary history and stories in between. For example, indulge in a savory fried selection of eight Pierogi filled with ingredients like sweet potato and arugula and goat cheese at a historic Ukrainian restaurant known as a local institution. Following this, enjoy duck croquette pintxo and manchego membrillo pintxo, or an off-menu homemade hot dog at a trendy Basque restaurant run by Chef Jonah Miller, star of the book Generation Chef. Then, taste lobster knuckles escargot-style and fluke crudo with carrot puree and black sesame at a local oyster bar and East Village favorite. Finally, savor one of New York City’s best NY-style cheesecakes at a historic stained-glass frescoed Italian Bakery with coffee.

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What people are saying about East Village, New York City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 208 reviews

WOW!!! Great tour. You walk a lot so be ready. This tour is a great way to get to see the Willamsburg and DUMBO neighborhoods of Brooklyn with part of Chinatown and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You do walk across the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Willamsburg bridges. It's a challenge but a lot of fun. It's a great highlights tour.

This encounter was a very good way for me, first time to NYC, to get oriented. The price was VERY reasonable. After the tour I felt confident to tackle the subways myself and just walk the street of NYC--this coming from a guy who swore "I will NEVER go to New York!" I am now planning when I'm going to return.

Great tour. We saw a lot of New York City. We even made a few extra stops. The restaurant was fun. The views from the Edge, amazing. This is a fun tour.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable of the area and gave a lot of good information.

Our guide Liz was fabulous. So informative. We really enjoyed the tour.