Secrets of the Bowery Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Learn about the famous Bull’s Head Tavern on Canal Street where George Washington set up headquarters

  • Visit the spot where P.T. Barnum opened his first store in 1839

  • Stop at the site of the Bowery Mission, a mission started in the 1870s and still operates today

  • Pass by the old Amato Opera house, constructed in 1899

  • Learn about The Bowery’s infamous flophouses

  • Find Manhattan’s oldest brick building and learn about its fascinating history and bright future

  • Uncover a rare Beaux-Arts treasure hidden in plain sight

Make this tour private, schedule it anytime. Starts at $312

About This Tour:

Lower East Side residents, along with folks from all over the city, would flock to the Bowery to hear song buskers like Irving Berlin, see moving pictures, open a bank account, or get a bowl of soup when falling on hard times.

Home to theaters, grand bank buildings, education centers, and flophouses, the historic 1.5-mile Bowery had it all. Originally part of the Mohican or Wickquasgeck Trail, which connected Algonquin territory spanning all the way to Montreal, the Dutch settled their New Amsterdam bouweries, or farms, along the trail, further cementing the land as a major thoroughfare.

The Bowery was officially given its name in 1813, and earned a reputation as a place for wild fun and an anything-goes attitude. Visit numerous sites including the grand Cooper Union building, the former sites of Amato Opera House, music venue CBGB, and much more.

Ear pieces are provided to each guests, ensuring everyone hears the guide perfectly, even from a distance!

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