Exploring the Lower East Side and the Rich Tapestry of NYC's Immigrant History!

When my grandfathers' family arrived in New York from Eastern Europe in 1905 they settled in the Lower East Side among the countless numbers of other immigrants who came to New York in search of economic opportunity, political and religious freedom.  They worked as street peddlers selling clothing off of pushcarts.

The Lower East Side historically was the center of immigrant life for hundreds of thousands of people, and while the neighborhood has attracted young people from all over the world in recent years, the area has maintained its diversity and remnants of its past which can be experienced by walking past the many tenements, religious buildings and even some businesses that have been in operation for generations. 

This is where New York's garment industry first developed (Brooks Brothers and Lord and Taylors started here) -- and where the public health movement in the United States was born, arising out the devastating living conditions among the poorest immigrant families.

We'll be sure to pass the extraordinary Lower East Side Tenement Museum and store, where you can pick up information about the tours and educational programs offered there. We'll also experience vibrancy of the "new" the new Lower East Side -- and its visual art, restaurant and night life scene.

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  • Nina

    Hoping you'll do another "Exploring the Lower East Side and the Rich Tapestry of NYC's Immigrant History" this summer.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Rise

    Thank you Hank for another wonderful tour. I had a great time! Thanks for sharing your knowledge of the area.

    August 4, 2013

  • John M. M.

    Thanks Hank for a wonderful tour of the lower East side. Your research and historical information was entertaining and informative. You took me back to a place and time when and where my great-grandfather and great-grandmother immigrated to this area 123 years ago.

    August 4, 2013

  • Kirsten

    Once again another informative and fun tour, even with the drizzle. I am definitely going to go back and explore this area on my own, now that I've had a good introduction to it. Thank you, Hank!

    August 3, 2013

  • mayra

    He is always excellent, lots of learning about NYC

    August 3, 2013

  • Wayne

    A bit of rain but that didn't stop us. Had a great time, Hank was so knowledgeable and explained the history of the area. I can't remember a more enjoyable event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you, Hank!!!!!!!

    August 3, 2013

  • Anna C.

    I was going to make this tour but unfortunately I had a tight schedule. I am moving back today! Had really great time while touring and meeting good ppl. Thank hank for organizing this and hope to see everyone who I've met again!!

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not invited. Still on waiting list.

    August 3, 2013

  • Sheila

    Is this event still on, rain or shine?

    August 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm heading out now and the news says light, steady rain has started.

      August 3, 2013

    • Hank O.

      Still on, light rain okay!

      August 3, 2013

  • Linda

    Sorry, but I just noticed that a space opened up at the last minute and can't get therein time. Look forward to next meetu

    August 3, 2013

  • Susan

    Just got confirmed, but there is no way I can make it in an hour! Have a great tour.

    August 3, 2013

  • Stacy

    didn't think I would make the list- next time!

    August 3, 2013

  • Nina

    I'm on the waitlist and hoping to get in.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't expect to make it off the wait list and can't go after all, so sorry!

    August 2, 2013

  • Sheila K.

    I wish I could attend but I have a conflict. Enjoy!

    August 2, 2013

  • Hank O.

    Hi Peggy - thanks so much for your generous comment! It is the wonderful and appreciative people in our group like you that really makes this worthwhile for me.

    August 1, 2013

    • Christy

      Hank, I feel like everyone <3's and appreciates you. You're such an amazing tour guide and person.

      August 2, 2013

  • Denise

    I'm sorry I have to cancel but I look forward to doing this walk some other time.

    July 30, 2013

  • Orly R.

    With 45 people on the wait list, would you consider repeating this walk?

    2 · July 15, 2013

  • PEGGY K.

    I believe I am on waiting list... it would be for myself and one guest................ thanks.......... looking forward to hearing from you thank.. I love everything about Manhattan and look forward to joining on the trips for the future

    July 13, 2013

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