For the last 50 years, one of the most important trends in the redevelopment (and gentrification) of Manhattan has been the “rebranding” of neighborhoods. Thus, “Hell’s Hundred Acres” became SoHo (for South ofHouston Street), the northern section of Little Italy was contracted into NoLita and the Lower West Side emerged as TriBeCa (the Triangle Below Canal Street).This tour looks at the history of these three neighborhoods through their architecture, peeling back the layers of gentrification to examine the unpolished industrial and residential neighborhoods that still lie beneath.
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 Soho, the Lower East Side, Five Points, Greenwich Village or The East Village. To book a 3-hour tour, please mention it on our online booking form.
The E.V. Houghwout Building—home of the first passenger elevator
Examples of work by some of America’s great 19th-century architects, including Richard Morris Hunt, Stanford White, R.H. Robertson, Ernest Flagg, and Calvert Vaux
The site of Robert Moses’ failed Lower Manhattan Expressway
The cast-iron gems of Greene Street
The remnants of the St. Nicholas Hotel, once one of the largest and most famous in New York
The Beaux-Arts Police Headquarters
Excellent examples of tenement architecture in Little Italy
St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
The “Ghostbusters” firehouse
The New York Merchant’s Exchange
In addition, the tour features a number of illustrations that help trace the historic development of cast iron as a building material and chart the development of these neighborhoods.
* all walking tour itineraries are subject to change