Neighborhood Walking Tours

Reclaiming Black Spaces

Get 30% off your tour using code WALK at checkout!

Explore stories of how Black New Yorkers shaped Lower Manhattan as they made homes, businesses, and communities there over the centuries. On this tour, you’ll discuss how Black New Yorkers experiences were shaped by migration, how communities created a sense of home, and how people resisted the racism they faced. From the story of Sebastiaen de Britto, one of the first Black residents of the area in the 1640s, to Studio We, a musician’s collective in the 1970s, we’ll also look at how stories are preserved or erased over generations.

Among others, stops on this tour include:

  • The former downtown New York office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), who fought for Civil Rights in the 1960s
  • The firehouse that was desegregated by Wesley Williams in 1919, who became the FDNY’s first Black lieutenant
  • M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, named in memory of the second 18th-century African American burial ground, located on nearby Chrystie Street
Neighborhood Walking Tours

Reclaiming Black Spaces

Get 30% off your tour using code WALK at checkout!

Explore stories of how Black New Yorkers shaped Lower Manhattan as they made homes, businesses, and communities there over the centuries. On this tour, you’ll discuss how Black New Yorkers experiences were shaped by migration, how communities created a sense of home, and how people resisted the racism they faced. From the story of Sebastiaen de Britto, one of the first Black residents of the area in the 1640s, to Studio We, a musician’s collective in the 1970s, we’ll also look at how stories are preserved or erased over generations.

Among others, stops on this tour include:

  • The former downtown New York office of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), who fought for Civil Rights in the 1960s
  • The firehouse that was desegregated by Wesley Williams in 1919, who became the FDNY’s first Black lieutenant
  • M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden, named in memory of the second 18th-century African American burial ground, located on nearby Chrystie Street
Tour type
Neighborhood Walking Tours
Tour Location
Tour begins at 103 Orchard Street
Tour Duration
90 minutes
Recommended ages
Ages 0 + Permitted
Wheelchair Accessible
Distance icon
1.2 miles

Accessibility | For visitors using assistive listening devices: Please note that our walking tours use audio amplification devices that are not compatible with most hearing aids.

For questions about tour accessibility, please e-mail [email protected].

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Admission

  • Individual $30
  • Child 5 and Under- Allowed on Walking Tours and Meet Victoria $0
  • Individual Using a Wheelchair $30

Member

  • Member $0

Book this tour as a private experience!

Host a private tour for a small group at a flat rate of $360 (on Monday – Friday between 10 am – 5 pm) and $450 outside of business hours and on weekends and holidays. Members receive a 15% discount.

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