The Cube at Astor Place

City of Dreams Tour – Discover East Village, Little Italy, and SoHo

This 3.5-hr walking tour has a little bit of everything — beavers on the walls, stars on the sidewalk, rock n’ roll on street poles.  We’ll taste beer at a 160-year-old Irish pub; discuss the German, Jewish, and Italian influence as we stroll through the old immigrant neighborhoods; learn about some famous music venues; and explore SoHo’s transformation.  This and more on a multi-sensory walking tour, where you’ll see, hear, taste, and smell your way through the East Village, Bowery, Nolita/Little Italy, and SoHo.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy authentic snacks & refreshments from iconic and family-run NY establishments, including a visit to the oldest bar in New York City
  • Learn about the immigrant waves that shaped NY, from Kleindeutschland and Little Italy to the Jewish Realto and Little Ukraine
  • Discover SoHo, the historic Cast-Iron district, with its industrial and artistic pasts, unique architecture, trendy boutiques, and fashionable denizens
  • Enjoy historical anecdotes covering a wide range of topics and famous figures — from Peter Stuyvesant to Peter Cooper, from Joey Ramone to Jimi Hendrix
What a great tour, led by a fantastically friendly and informative guide. Downtown was an unknown to us before now, but we got a thorough history of all the different cultures who made this area of Manhattan their home. A beer at 11.30 was a first, and some delicious pastries kept our energy levels up. Thanks so much Danielle for a great start to our New York trip.
It is always nice to be surprised, so when we took a day off of work to go on the City of Dreams walking tour with Max, we were delighted to find ourselves surprised at the things we didn't know about the city we have been visiting, experiencing and enjoying our whole lives. Max took us to areas with which we ere largely unfamiliar and gave us wonderful insight into the the neighborhoods and people from a historical and cultural perspective. The attention to detail and the short and refreshing stops for ice cream, cookies and drinks all made our time together quite special. We will be back to enjoy one of the other tours, I can assure you!
I highly, highly recommend this tour to anyone who will be spending a few days in NYC. In learning how the city developed and changed over the past century (or more) gives you a great understanding and appreciation for it. Danielle was such a wonderful guide; full of knowledge, passion & love for her city. Stopping for a pint at the oldest pub in NYC to the delicious doughnuts in
Chelsea Market, it really was one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you Danielle, we will be back for sure!!!!
About 3.5 hours; 3 miles on foot (5 kilometers)
$45 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and under
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10am
Maximum group size is 12 adults
Our tours are currently offered only in English
There will be 1 bathroom break and a couple of snack/refreshment breaks
Private Option:
This tour is also available for private booking
Tour starts near Astor Place in Lower Manhattan and ends in SoHo near Broadway. Exact meeting point will be emailed after booking.

Additional Tour Info

How strenuous is this walk? This walk covers about 3.5 miles on foot in about 3.5 hours.  The terrain is flat, and we’ll get to take a break in McSorley’s Old Ale House.  However, we try to maintain a steady walking pace to cover all the areas of interest.  So if you think you might find it difficult to keep up at a moderate walking speed with the rest of the group, please consider a private tour with us, which can be tailored to suit your pace and fitness level.

What About Kids? Our public tours may not be appropriate for young children, as they involve a lot of walking and cover topics geared to adults.  Further, some of our tours reference adult content some parents may deem inappropriate for children.  On this particular tour, references may be made to death, crime, and drugs.   That said, there are 2 “child” tickets available for each public tour for children aged 12 and under.

Meeting Point: Detailed meeting point instructions will be emailed to you once your reservation has been processed.  The tour starts near Astor Place in Lower Manhattan and ends in SoHo near Broadway and Broome Street.

Stops: There will be at least 1 restroom break during our walk.  Each participant will also be offered a complimentary bottle of water on the walk and a a couple of snacks/refreshments along the way.  A meal prior to the tour is recommended.

Are gratuities included? Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price, so if you enjoy your tour, tips are very much appreciated.