Use of New York City public transportation (subway). Walking approximately 8 miles; city streets and sidewalks.
In the hotel, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet. Coffee and tea are available in the lobby 24 hours a day.
We’ll take the subway to the Lower East Side and visit The Tenement Museum, a National Historic Site. With a member of the museum staff, we’ll explore 97 Orchard Street, a restored tenement building, and gain insights into the lives of actual tenants who lived in these rooms that look just as they did when they were inhabited. The National Park Service has estimated that some 7,000 people from more than 20 nations lived here between 1863 and 1935. One of thousands of similar tenements on the Lower East Side, it represents the conditions in which millions of immigrants found themselves when they first came to America. We’ll learn about their dreams and the challenges they faced in making new lives for themselves and their families.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Katz’s Deli, a Lower East Side tradition since 1888, is the overwhelming popular choice where you can recall the film “When Harry Met Sally” and “I’ll have what she’s having.”
After lunch, we'll regroup with our expert for a walk through the Lower East Side including the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy. We'll learn about the rich history of this area that once housed the teeming immigrant masses. Today, the Lower East Side is known as one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city.
We'll have a plated meal at a neighborhood restaurant near the hotel. Coffee, tea, water included, other beverages available for purchase.