Free Tour of Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo and NoLiTa (in Spanish!)

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: Spanish
Registered on June 26, 2019

I am Andrea Kropman, Uruguayan by birth and currently residing in New York. I studied Social Communication in Uruguay, and in Spain I worked for 15 years as Coordinator of Digital Communication. In 2010, I started with the project "Jane's Walks" in Madrid, an international initiative that pays tribute to Jane Jacobs. In recent years I alternated my work as a communicator with the design of tours of the cities I lived in: Madrid, Barcelona and London. Upon arriving in NYC, I became an Official Tourism Guide. You will find me guiding tours of various walking tour agencies and you can check the quality of my work through the opinions of other people who enjoyed my tours. As an inhabitant and migrant from different cities, I have a social and global vision that will provide you with daily information and reveal unknown data.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The tour will be through the Lower East Side to the expat neighborhoods: Chinatown and La Picola Italia.
In the 19th century, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, this area had a marginal population of diverse origins. Here, right here, ghettos were created for immigrants who came from distant lands to carve out a future. What they found was a city under construction, a state of chaos and no law or order. Everything was to be done, those people who could not even read and write, much less speak the language, made their way in New York. They chose to meet in communities of people from their own country who, just so happened to, live in the area of Manhattan with the cheapest rental housing. In groups, they were able to survive living poorly.
The neighborhoods of Chinatown and La Piccola Italia; the famous Five Points wrestling site; the restaurants that were the meeting place of the Chinese and Italian unions; the well-known Tenement, buildings where the emigrants lived; the first German Jewish Diamond District; the old factories turned into underworlds where Irish and African-Americans lived side by side in search of freedom, escaping from the slave camps of Virginia.
In the last part of the tour we will visit the SoHo neighborhood and end at the Basilica of Saint Patrick in the NoLiTa neighborhood.

What will we see during the tour?

  • Five Points wrestling site.
  • Famous restaurants, union meeting place .
  • the diamond district
  • Old factories where Irish and African Americans lived together.

 ...And much more!
Guide's note:
this is a free tour with high demand and very limited places. The itinerary of this tour passes through historic and residential neighborhoods, with narrow streets and little space, so the groups are small. If you do not find a reservation, it is because the space is full and no more people are accepted for that departure. In case the reservation is made and you are not going to attend, we ask you to please make the cancellation so that someone else can attend in your place. Thank you so much.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    169 Worth St, New York, NY 10007, USA
    169 Worth St, New York, NY 10007, USA
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    At the corner of Columbus Park. Corner of Worth and Baxter St.

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    Outside visit
    Little Italy
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    Outside visit
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    Outside visit

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Paloma 07 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
Genial! Muy recomendado
Gabriela 10 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Muy cercana y amable. Divertida y siempre entregando buena información
Mª Carmen 26 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Visita muy interesante. Nuestra guía (Andrea) inmejorable, con mucha formación y con conocimientos históricos de la zona. Todo muy bien preparado y presentado.Por nuestra cuenta, nos hubiéramos perdido muchas cosas. Altamente recomendable.
Patricia 09 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Andrea nos explicó curiosidades de los barrios, información útil y se hizo muy ameno! Tour cortito pero se aprenden muchas cosas!!
Lola 04 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Fue un tour bastante entretenido y nos enseño muchas cosas de la zona
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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