Private: Evolution Of Immigrant New York
We will wrap the history, sights, food and culture into the American Dream tour.
This experience shows no favoritism to one culture over another. You will see, hear, and taste a little of them all!
We are all aware of the significance of New York as the starting point for so many different cultural groups who ultimately fanned our country. Yet, much of the neighborhoods that were settled here 100 years ago still remain as the hub for that culture and a launch pad for newcomers.
During this day we will mix it all together! Blending culinary highlights with important historic sights, we'll show you how important it still is for us to learn about others. Begin this journey at City Hall, the place where immigrant became citizen. The surrounding area is filled with Dutch influence, and you can discuss their arrival with your guide while breakfasting on a traditional Dutch treat.
Energized now, follow your private guide through New York's Lower East Side. As you pass by storefronts both new and old, you will make stops at different historic sites including an old church, a local market, and many original bakeries. Moving from the Dutch to the Italian, learn about the streets of Little Italy and the infamous legends that started here, many over a century ago.
Buildings that are still operating as their original use, particularly for the Jewish community, are very prevalent. Synagogues next to clothing stores and small grocery stores that cater to that community are still abound.
Before you know it, you will find yourself immersed in the Latin Quarter and the Latin culture. Essex Street Market is the core of this neighborhood, and a visit to the East Side Tenement Museum is a must-see. Nearby, you will see the African Burial Ground before making your way to Chinatown. If you have ever been to China, you will recognize the culture immediately as the streets seem too narrow to accommodate the congestion of people urging you forward.
What will clarify each culture is your memory of what you ate along the way. New York City is the center of the world, and the food definitely reflects this.
You will be so happy that most of the excursion is on foot as you down dumplings and knishes, tacos, and more! The food of this city is a permanent tribute to the culturization of a city inhabited by so many kinds of people.
Let's begin washing down all the food with a visit to Brooklyn. This now popular part of New York was once thought of as the hood but has been reborn. Once a major area for beer brewing, the trade almost disappeared in the 70s. Now, with an abundance of craft breweries, Brooklyn is clearly drawing favor with the young and hip, as well as those who place importance on their beer selection. This is where you will hear all about prohibition and see some of the landmark buildings from that era. And of course where there is beer there are Germans, and you will see where they lived and worked. You will certainly be tasting history (and a lot of it!) as you indulge in some Brooklyn brews from various brewers. Expect something solid to help soak it up before you complete your immigration experience.
- Please dress appropriately for the weather as you will be outside for some of the tour.
- Everything described is included in this tour.
- Additional food and drinks are a la carte.
- Souvenirs and personal shopping are not included.
- Your guide will appreciate gratuity.
- This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above.
- To participate in consuming any alcohol you must be 21 years old and have a photo ID (whether passport or driver's license) with you.
- We can cater to dietary requests on this tour including vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free travelers. You will have an opportunity to tell us during check-out.
- There may be times when the order of your itinerary might change, though everything listed above will be included.
Days offered: 7 days a week