Exploring Historic


The neighborhood we now know as Chinatown has a long and rich history—this tour traces the development of the area from the establishment of farms along the Bowery by the Dutch West India Company in the 1620s to its present life as the largest Chinese community in America. Along the way, visitors will explore the layers of the city’s history, as what was once bucolic fields gave rise to the predominantly Irish Five Points neighborhood, which in turn was melded into Little Italy, and then, ultimately, modern Chinatown. Sometimes all of these layers can be seen in one building, such as Church of the Transfiguration on Mott Street.


This tour lasts approximately two hours and costs a flat fee of $100 for groups of 1-4 people. For parties larger than 4 people, the cost is $25 per person. Please inquire about discounts for student groups or parties larger than 10 people.

To contact us about booking this tour please use our
online booking form (preferred) or call (toll-free) 1-877-572-9719

add an hour

For an additional $12.50 per person (or a flat fee of $150 for groups of 1-4 people), you can add an hour to the length of your tour and spend some time exploring the neighborhoods that border Chinatown, the Lower East Side or Soho.. To book a 3-hour tour, please mention it on our online booking form. 
Private Walking Tours of New York City

Tour stops include*

Chatham Square and the Kim Lau Memorial

The burial ground of Congregation Shearith Israel, the first Jewish congregation in America

Mott Street, the first Chinese Street in New York, and still the center of “old” Cantonese Chinatown

A storefront Buddhist temple

The Church of the Transfiguration

Columbus Park

New York's oldest tenement building and other typical dwellings

The heart of “new” Fujianese Chinatown

The Edward Mooney House (constructed ca. 1785)

The so-called “bloody angle” of Doyers Street

The remnants of Five Points

This tour uses historical maps, drawings, and photographs to illustrate the changes that been made—as well as those that have not been made—over the last 400 years in this neighborhood.

* all walking tour itineraries are subject to change