Uncover tales of immigrant life on a food and history tour and tasting with longtime Lower East Side resident Richard Soden!
- Discover how the historic buildings of these areas have been transformed and repurposed into art galleries, churches, and event spaces as well as restaurants and more
- Sample traditional Chinese, Italian and Jewish food
- Learn about the history of immigration in these areas and the impact that each group played in this part of New York City, once the most densely populated district in the world
- Uncover the history of what tenement life was like in Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side, and find out where immigrants shopped, banked, and how they obtained news of the times
- Stop by significant Lower East Side landmarks including the Synagogues, the Jarmulowsky Bank, old movie theaters, Old Saint Patrick’s Basilica, the Bowery, Doyers Street and many more
About the event:
Once one of the most densely populated districts in the world, the Lower East Side of Manhattan has witnessed numerous changes during the past hundred years. This walking tour is a resourceful glimpse into the past, with stops at some off-the beaten track locations. The tour will focus on a few of the remaining vestiges and surviving structures of this era of immigration and offer a taste of the delectable flavors of each neighborhood.
The history of New York City is rooted in the immigrants that came over from various parts of Europe and other parts of the world. This includes Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Chinese people. This tour will review the reasons each of these groups left their homelands and the impact they had on the history of New York City. This includes the culture, the architecture, and the various foods of these immigrant groups. We will start at Columbus Park in Chinatown which was the initial site of the famous “Five Points.”
After exploring Chinatown and eating tasty dumplings, we’ll move to Little Italy to see some sites and sample some traditional dishes. We’ll then move on to the Lower East Side to learn its history and sample authentic Jewish food.
Join seasoned tour guide long-time Lower East Side resident Richard Soden as he highlights buildings and structures that still exist today as well as those that have been restored, re-purposed, demolished, and abandoned. He will speak about what transformed the neighborhood and share fascinating historical facts. The tour will conclude with a discussion of several food establishments that still exist today, some of Richard’s fond childhood memories, and a look at the Chinatown, Little Italy and the Lower East Side of the present day.
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