The Bottom Line
- Lots of history and lore from the neighborhood
- Many landmark buildings in the area
- The tour guide is a knowledgeable neighborhood resident
- Lots of buildings are slated to be torn down in the East Village
- Many businesses are losing their leases in the East Village
- Some featured sights on the East Village Walking Tour:
- The Alamo
- The Cooper Union
- St. Mark's Place
- Orpheum Theatre
- Tompkins Square
- The East Village Walking Tour is offered Saturday and Wednesday at Noon.
- East Village Walking Tour Price: $20
- Groups of less than 10 don't need to reserve in advance. Arrive about 15 minutes before the tour and meet at Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery.
- Nearest Subway to the East Village Neighborhood Tour: F Train to 2nd Avenue
- The tour covers just over half a mile at a comfortable pace, with many stops along the way.
- Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Tours may be cancelled in case of in climate weather.
- Pictures from the East Village Walking Tour
Guide Review - East Village Walking Tour
The 1 1/2 hour tour traveled east along St. Mark's Place, stopping frequently for stories about various buildings, stores and historical events in the neighborhood. Eric's passion for preserving the history and architecture of the East Village was clear whether he was talking about buildings slated for demolition, businesses unable to renew their leases due to skyrocketing rents, and the dearth of new construction in the neighborhood.
When we arrived in Tompkins Square Park, I had a much greater appreciation for the East Village's history -- for years the neighborhood had been a great place for bar-hopping and dining, but now I have a greater appreciation for the neighborhood's rich history.