Private Walking Tours of New York City

Tour stops include*

City Hall
Park Row, a.k.a. Newspaper Row
The African Burial Ground
The New York County "Tweed" Courthouse
The remnants of Five Points
Mulberry Bend
Columbus Park
The Church of the Transfiguration
New York's oldest tenement building and other typical dwellings

PLEASE LET US KNOW IN ADVANCE if you would like the tour to end at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral

This heavily illustrated tour uses historic photographs from the mid-19th century onward to show tenement life, street markets, sweat shops, labor rallies, and the great mix of people that jammed Manhattan's most crowded neighborhood.

* all walking tour itineraries are subject to change


The Gangs of New York

The neighborhood of Herbert Asbury’s (and Martin Scorsese's) Gangs of New York and Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives was New York's most notorious slum at the time of the Civil War. On this tour we will see where Paradise Square and the Five Points were—they don't exist any more. Beginning in the last decade of the Nineteenth century, the neighborhood was bulldozed, first to make way for a park, and then as the spot for many of the city's civic buildings. But we will talk about why they Five Points no longer exists, while at the same time looking at tenements that are still standing, including the city's oldest. Recently, the neighborhood is the subject of the BBC America series Copper; come along and learn about New York's free black community, Irish immigration, the Draft Riots, and other aspects of mid-Nineteenth century city life.


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 a neighborhood that borders Five Points, such as the Lower East Side, SoHo, or Lower Manhattan. To book a 3-hour tour, please mention it on our online booking form.