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Ethnic NY: Chinatown, Little Italy & the African Burial Ground

Tour by Foot & Subway

This 2-hour tour goes downtown, focusing on stories of immigration & assimilation.


Come for a fascinating exploration through New York City’s first immigrant neighborhoods – expanding Chinatown, shrinking Little Italy, historic African Burial Grounds and the vanished Irish Five Points.

Tour Description

From the pungent fish markets to the vibrantly colored fruit and veg stands; from the Peking ducks hanging in restaurant windows to the collections of Senior Citizens singing Chinese Opera in Columbus Park – Chinatown is truly a feast for all senses and our favorite neighborhood in Manhattan.

Only two and a half blocks long and surrounded by Chinatown on all three sides, Little Italy is mostly a tourist trap for those not-in-the-know. However, our narratives of immigrants from the old world, forging their way in this strange new urban jungle will run wild in your imagination.

The Irish Five Points, now known as Columbus Park was the setting for Martin Scorsese’s 2002 epic Gangs of New York. Envision colorful street gangs and urban decay in one of the worst slums in America, circa 1830. Our guide will share fascinating stories of the true-life gangs who battled in the streets.

Lastly, off of Columbus Park, there is the African Burial Ground National Monument, in the heart of NYC’s courthouse district. Discovered only in the 1970s, this cemetery for both free and enslaved residents of African descent was lost to history for centuries. It is a moving and somber tribute to a dark period of our history.

Tour includes the following sites:

  • Canal street
  • Mulberry Street
  • Mott Street
  • Baxter Street aka Little Saigon
  • Church of the Transfiguration
  • Church of the Most Precious Blood
  • Bloody Doyers street
  • Columbus Park and the old Five Points
  • the Foley Square Courthouse District
  • African Burial Ground.
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