Neighborhood Walking Tours

Building on the Lower East Side

Join a Museum educator as they guide you on a two-hour, outdoor walking tour of the Lower East Side to reveal the unique stories the buildings have to tell.

Every building on the Lower East Side tells a story. Many different immigrant populations have lived, worked and played — from the Irish, Italians, and Germans of the 1800s to the Puerto Ricans and Asians of today. Each community has shaped their surroundings, creating an evolving neighborhood landscape.

Visit iconic locations and learn about the architects, activists, civic agents, artists and everyday people who influenced the design and use of the neighborhood’s buildings, creating today’s dynamic and vibrant streetscape. Explore the challenges of housing a constantly changing population and providing green space, cultural resources, and religious institutions. Discover the legacies that give this neighborhood its powerful character.

This tour stops outside of many different buildings on the Lower East Side and discuss the people and stories behind each of then including:

  • The Grand Street Guild Towers
  • The Blue Condominium
  • The old Anshe Chesed Synagogue
  • Saint Mary’s and many more!

 

We encourage visitors to reserve tickets in advance, as tickets regularly sell out. Space is limited to 15 visitors per time slot for Building on the Lower East Side. 

Neighborhood Walking Tours

Building on the Lower East Side

Join a Museum educator as they guide you on a two-hour, outdoor walking tour of the Lower East Side to reveal the unique stories the buildings have to tell.

Every building on the Lower East Side tells a story. Many different immigrant populations have lived, worked and played — from the Irish, Italians, and Germans of the 1800s to the Puerto Ricans and Asians of today. Each community has shaped their surroundings, creating an evolving neighborhood landscape.

Visit iconic locations and learn about the architects, activists, civic agents, artists and everyday people who influenced the design and use of the neighborhood’s buildings, creating today’s dynamic and vibrant streetscape. Explore the challenges of housing a constantly changing population and providing green space, cultural resources, and religious institutions. Discover the legacies that give this neighborhood its powerful character.

This tour stops outside of many different buildings on the Lower East Side and discuss the people and stories behind each of then including:

  • The Grand Street Guild Towers
  • The Blue Condominium
  • The old Anshe Chesed Synagogue
  • Saint Mary’s and many more!

 

We encourage visitors to reserve tickets in advance, as tickets regularly sell out. Space is limited to 15 visitors per time slot for Building on the Lower East Side. 

Tour type
Neighborhood Walking Tours
Tour Location
Approximately 1.4 Miles
Tour Duration
2 Hours
Recommended ages
Ages 6 + Permitted
Wheelchair Accessible

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Accessibility Information

  • Walking tours follow wheelchair accessible routes.
  • Assistive listening devices are available if requested.

 

For more information about accessibility at the Museum please visit the Accessibility at the Museum section.

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