Join this private 2.5-hour Jewish Lower East Side walking tour and get'transported to another era as you walk the New York City streets of what was once the most populated area in the world. Hear the stories of hardship of the new immigrants as they arrived to the 'golden' shores of America. Visit old Jewish banks, the first pawn shop, eateries, theaters, synagogues, and more.
Make your way to the pre-arranged meeting point on Houston Street in the Lower East Side to meet your private guide.
The dream of America, 'Di Goldeneh Medina' (the golden land), attracted millions of Eastern European Jews fleeing oppression and pogroms starting in the early 1880s. Close to 2 million Jews came to New York City in the following 4 decades.
The new immigrants, mostly form Poland and Russia, found the streets to be overcrowded with people and pushcarts. Then in 1924, strict quotas with restrictive immigration laws limited their entrance into America.
Visit historic sights important to the Jews who came to New York as immigrants and hear about the stories of what brought them here - and what life was like for them once they arrived.'They built a a unique community where they established synagogues, schools, banks, and businesses. From their dreams and hopes they created a vibrant and complex culture that was known as the Jewish Lower East Side.
Come hear the stories of this great migration from Europe based on family and hard work that helped this community assimilate and grow.