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
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.
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
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