The Garden Neighborhood: Exploring the Eccentric and Eclectic East Village

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Alamo / Astor Place Cube

149-179 E 8th St · New York, NY

How to find us

R train to 8th Street or #6 to Astor Place in Manhattan. Look for the large black cube on the plaza. There is a sitting area and also a Starbucks across the street.

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Space is set aside for new members, first and second timers. Free with voluntary donation to your leader.

Note: Please take care of business before the tour. Restrooms in the
KMart in Astor Place and the Public Theatre about one block down Lafayette Street.

Tour Overview: Sure, many New Yorkers and visitors have hung out in the East Village, but what a rich and colorful history it has! From the days of the Yiddish Theatre to Andy Warhol’s Electric Circus, this neighborhood, formerly part of the Lower East Side, is packed with immigrant history--past and present.

The East Village features the city's largest array of community gardens and we'll be sure to visit some of them, along with historic Stuyvesant Street, lively Tompkins Square Park, the Charlie Parker residence, and unique houses of worship, including St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, the final resting place of Peter Stuyvesant, Dutch Governor of New Amsterdam in the mid-17th century.

We'll discover traces of Kleinedeutschland (Little Germany), and follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln who made a history-changing visit to the area in February, 1860. We will also learn about how this neighborhood has made its mark as a center for cutting edge music and theatre arts, along with the squatter’s movement and the counter-culture. Optional: stick around for brunch after the walk, plenty of options!

Cheers from you organizer and guide.