Private Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side

Tour by Foot & Subway

An entertaining and educational tour of the most famous Jewish neighborhood in America.


A two-hour tour throughout the Lower East Side, covering immigration history, socialist politics, labor unions, the rise and fall of the Jewish Gangsters and more! So nu, what are you waiting for!?

Tour Description

A fascinating tour of the first and most famous Jewish neighborhood in America. From the first Sephardic settlers in the 17th century to the German and Central European Jews who arrived in the mid-19th century. Then “the unwashed masses” of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews in the last decades of the 1800s and first decades of the 1900s. Traces of their epic struggle to assimilate are scattered throughout the LES and our powerful and passionate tour guide will tell all.

Tour can visit the following sites: The Eldridge Street Project, the Forward Building, Beth Madras Hagadol Synagogue, East Broadway Mikvahs, and other Jewish-Service buildings, Stanton Street Shul, The Last NYC Public Baths, Orchard street Tenement Buildings, The former Streit’s Matzoh Factory building, The Williamsburgh Bridge (aka the Jewish Gangplank), Strauss Square and the Essex Street Market and more if time permits. Tour meets at the Visitors Center of the Tenement Museum unless otherwise requested.

We’re also happy to accommodate noshing (snacking) requests into this tour – from pickles and pastrami to bagels and bialys, noshing fees are pay-as-you-go. Tell Matt you want a Noshing LES Tour upon booking!