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The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC

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New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

1. New York City: Catacombs by Candlelight

For over 200 years, the catacombs of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral have served as the final resting place for the faithful departed. This historic place has witnessed the many struggles and accomplishments of prominent New York Catholics. Gain exclusive access to off-limits areas, including two walled cemeteries. Experience the only active Catholic Catacombs in New York City.   See where bishops rest alongside prominent New York Catholics, such as the Delmonico Family and the first resident Bishop of New York, Bishop John Connolly. This labyrinth of vaults belongs largely to bankers, lawyers, captains of industry, merchants, political candidates, and even to a Civil War-era general Thomas Eckert.

New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

2. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

NYC: The Story of the Lower East Side's Food Culture

3. NYC: The Story of the Lower East Side's Food Culture

Stroll through the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to discover the history of different immigrant communities on a guided foodie walking tour. Treat your taste buds to food samples from all over the world, displaying the melting pot of cultures and cuisine that characterized the Lower East Side.  Meet your guide just outside the African Burial Ground Monument and the New York Supreme Court. First, learn about the origins of the African-American community in New York.  Head next to the famous Chinatown district and learn more about the Chinese community that once lived in the area. See some of the stores and restaurants that remain in the area, and try some delicious fried dumplings at a spot that is popular with locals. Discover the adjacent district of Little Italy, which was once home to thousands of immigrants from southern Italy. Enjoy some classic Italian flavors that have formed the basis of some of the most popular contemporary American snacks.  Next, enter the Nolita neighborhood and stop outside St Patrick's Old Cathedral, a key focal point of the Irish Catholic community, followed by a short stroll through Sara D Roosevelt Park.  Learn about the history of the Jewish community which also left a lasting legacy on the Lower East Side. Try some knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of tasty fillings. As you explore the various neighborhoods, learn about how the various immigrant communities influenced modern American cuisine and culture, before ending your tour outside the Tenement Museum.

New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

4. New York City: Little Italy Italian Food Tasting Tour

Immerse yourself in the food culture of Little Italy on a 2-hour tasting tour, and visit 4 different venues in the famous New York neighborhood. Every venue you will visit is more than a century old, and the tastings will make up the equivalent of a 4-course lunch. Start at La Bella Ferrara, the delighting denizens of Little Italy since the late 1800s, and get some of its Italian Rainbow cookies. Then, visit the family-owned Di Palo's, the century-old Italian specialty food store operated since 1925, where making mozzarella has been a family tradition. The fresh mozzarella prosciutto and parmesan cheese you'll taste and would love to go back for more. Then, go to Nolita Pizza to experience their high quality services and delicious pizza using important Italian cheese. Along the way to Ferrara Bakery, your guide will point out movie locations from blockbuster films, such as “The Godfather,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Mean Streets,” and “Sex and the City”. Next, see the bootlegging depot from the days of Prohibition, and discover a square named after New York’s first Italian detective. Finally, peek inside St. Patrick's Cathedral to see where high-profile weddings and memorials take place before concluding your tour.

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What people are saying about The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, NYC

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It was a wonderful tour, a must-do if you are visiting NYC and have done all of the touristy things. This is informative about the culture of the lower east side and our guide, Mickey, did a great job. Though she clarified that it is not a "food tour" but a "tasting tour," the food is plentiful and delicious and gives you a real feel for the neighborhoods, their history, and its inhabitants. You won't be disappointed!!!

We had a great tour with Vince. He was very informative. He knows so many of the businesses and their owners. In addition, he knew a lot about the neighborhood and buildings. We samples a variety of delicious foods. The pizza was fabulous! I would highly recommend this tour.

Pierre did an amazing job. It is fascinating how much he knows about the italian mafia and overall about immigrants and New York. I can only recommend this tour

Loved it all! Such a great use of our time. The food was all amazing! Thanks Alex for the great tour!

Eric was super knowledgeable and it was a fun and very interesting tour! Can highly recommend!