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Joyce Gold guiding a tour in Chinatown NYC.To guide your review of offerings by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York, we have grouped tours by area and by type of tour. Manhattan walking tours are grouped by general location.

All tours listed are available as private tours. Tours can be customized as walking or vehicle tours.
MANHATTAN WALKING TOURS:
Downtown Walking Tours (from Battery Park to Houston Street)
Greenwich Village Walking Tours (between Houston Street & 14th Street)
Midtown Walking Tours (from 14th Street to 59th Street)
Uptown Walking Tours (above 59th Street to Washington Heights)
BROOKLYN WALKING TOURS
BUS TOURS & OTHER VEHICLE TOURS
Bus Tours and other vehicle tours allow groups to cover several neighborhoods on one tour. In addition, there are Special Tours available only for groups in vehicles.

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Manhattan - Downtown Walking Tours (from Battery Park to Houston Street)

WALL STREET — FROM WINDMILLS TO WORLD FINANCE
The Dutch settlement only lasted 40 years, but those strong-minded tradesmen left their mark in a district where people from all over the world come to buy low and sell high.
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JEWISH COLONIAL MANHATTAN
In 1654, 23 Jewish men, women, and children arrived in Dutch New Amsterdam. Settling into their new life included adapting to restrictions imposed by the frontier town, and dealing with subsequent Jewish arrivals with traditions different from their own..
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THE DREAMS AND TERRORS OF ELLIS ISLAND
Discover the first experiences in America of the 17 million people who fled Europe in ship steerage in hopes of finding a new life in a strange but promising country.

Grassy park land on Governer's Island.** NEW **
GOVERNORS ISLAND
Early 19th century forts and residences, wide-open lawns — a unique part of city history, and just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan.
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GROUND ZERO AND ITS NEIGHBORS — 12 YEARS LATER
Recovery under way that redefines Lower Manhattan.
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GANGS OF NEW YORK AND THE BLOODY FIVE POINTS
A notorious 19th century immigrant neighborhood — the Five Points — with Paradise Square, Cow Bay, Bottle Alley, and gangs — the Roach Guards, Plug Uglies, and Dead Rabbits.
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THE BOWERY — ENTERTAINMENTS HIGH AND LOW
From flashy district of vaudeville, minstrel shows and operettas, to raucous saloons, bare-knuckle boxing, and Skid Row, the still changing Bowery has seen it all.
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DOWNTOWN GRAVEYARDS — WHERE THEY CAME TO REST
Discover the graves of African slaves, the first Jewish settlers, and founders of the American Republic still in the heart of the Financial District.

TRIBECA — NEW DIVERSITY FROM AN INDUSTRIAL PAST
This once gritty light-industrial district gives way to residential loft conversions and hot spots of food, film, and design artistry.

BATTERY PARK CITY — CITY LIFE ENHANCED
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Playgrounds for all ages, hidden woodland trails, Irish Hunger Memorial — a public/private blend.
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WHEN ITALY MOVED TO NEW YORK
Immigrants, priests, politicians, gangsters — Little Italy and the diversity of the Italian experience.

WHEN CHINA MOVED TO NEW YORK
Chinatown's bleak 19th century bachelor society of hard-working immigrants infuses the district today.

MORE TEEMING THAN BOMBAY:
THE OLD JEWISH LOWER EAST SIDE

New York's renowned melting pot - poignant history, shared struggle, and delicious food.
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SOHO: CAST IRON STAGE FOR MANY PLAYERS
Nineteenth century cast-iron emporiums and 20th century "AIR" notices give way to 21st century boutiques — Soho's changing scene.
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Greenwich Village Walking Tours (between Houston St & 14th Street)

THE FLAMBOYANT AND THE BOHEMIAN:
GREENWICH VILLAGE AND HOW IT BECAME FAMOUS

Essentials of the Village — history, culture, architecture, personalities,and "The Fire That Changed America."
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HIGH LINE PARK ELEVATES CITY
The elevated Freight railway now a remarkable park with slow steps, a lawn and the Falcone Flyover.
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ITALIAN GREENWICH VILLAGE
Italian priests, saints, shop owners, politicians and mobsters all contributed to the scene south of Washington Square
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THE IMMIGRANT, RADICAL, NOTORIOUS WOMEN OF WASHINGTON SQUARE
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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workers, scholars, artists, radicals, aristocrats — women left their imprints on the Washington Sq. neighborhood — and the world.
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THE INTIMATE WEST VILLAGE WITH ITS SPECTACULAR WATERFRONT PARK
19th century preserve, complex web of streets, and a park extending 800 feet into the river.
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MACABRE GREENWICH VILLAGE
Murders, hangings, haunting, explosions, missing persons, and ghosts — our annual Halloween tour!
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GREENWICH VILLAGE LITERARY WALK
English 101 on city streets — Walt Whitman, Henry James, Eugene O'Neill, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Edgar Allan Poe, Louisa May Alcott, and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
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HISTORIC DIVERSITY IN THE EAST VILLAGE — DUTCH FARM,
IRISH ALE HOUSE, AND THE YIDDISH KING LEAR

Stuyvesant's 17th century bouwerie grew into the Irish Famine Church, a German maritime tragedy, and the flourishing Yiddish theatre.
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ETHNIC NOSHING IN THE EAST VILLAGE
This tour features Yiddish, Italian, Irish, Ukrainian, and Venezuelan delights.
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Manhattan - Midtown Walking Tours (from 14th Street to 59th Street)

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL — 2013 CENTENNIAL OF THE GREAT CROSSROADS
100 years of New York’s monument to movement, a thrilling symbol of the city’s commercial and intellectual energy.
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CIVIL WAR IN MANHATTAN
The city’s shipbuilders, manufacturers, newspaper publishers, humanitarians, and soldiers amid escalating ethnic and class tensions.
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FROM UNION SQUARE TO MADISON SQUARE —
BASEBALL, TAMMANY HALL, AND THE GIRL ON THE RED VELVET SWING

Hubs of political chicanery, Union Square and Madison Square were gathering places for sports fans, anarchists, vaudevillians, and 19th century fashionistas.
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HIDDEN CHARMS OF CHELSEA
Federal, Greek-Revival, and Italianate townhouses preserved in a pastoral setting, with art galleries, high fashion, and a waterfront transformed.
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THE GENIUS AND ELEGANCE OF GRAMERCY PARK
Discover a London Square that became home to creative minds, elegant salons, and the taste-setting Lady Mendl.
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MURRAY HILL:
FROM "THE RESTRICTION" TO J.P. MORGAN AND FRIENDS

A residential enclave with tales of the Quaker Grammarian, Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt, and the man who tried to upstage "JP."
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IRISH HELL'S KITCHEN
Whatever happened to the lurid district of One-Lung Curran, bloody slaughterhouses, and the sweaty old Madison Square Garden?
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GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY —
THE DAZZLE OF THE GREAT WHITE WAY

The lore, tradition, and new excitement of the Times Square Theatre District.
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GREAT SKYSCRAPERS OF MIDTOWN
The great buildings of New York — Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, Trump Tower, the Plaza Hotel, St. Patrick's Cathedral — and the people who helped create them.

Manhattan - Uptown Walking Tours (above 59th Street to Washington Heights)

CENTRAL PARK — THE BIG BACK YARD OF THE CITY
150 years ago these 843 acres were manually restructured from a "filthy, squalid, and disgusting" site into a work of art at the heart of Manhattan. Olmsted and Vaux's first masterpiece of urban landscape design.
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NORTHERN REACHES OF CENTRAL PARK
Steep trails with vistas, the second largest lake in Central Park, and the breathtaking Conservatory Garden.
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FIFTH AVENUE GOLD COAST
Tycoons, Central Park, and great mansions created the New York avenue "paved with gold."
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CRIMES OF FIFTH AVENUE GOLD COAST
Fraud, procuring and murders most foul -- all on the New York avenue "paved with gold."
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CENTRAL PARK WEST — ARTISTS, THE "SERVANT PROBLEM," AND THE UPPER MIDDLE CLASS
Astute landowners kept property off the market until the 1880s when new transportation opened up the neighborhood. New laws and construction techniques produced the modern apartment concept.
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MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — FROM THE BLOOMINGDALE INSANE ASYLUM TO THE ACROPOLIS OF NEW YORK

Once farmland and a battlefield, this district evolved into a center for learning, healing, and spirituality.

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CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE — A JEWISH & SECULAR POINT OF VIEW
The world's largest cathedral, this amazing structure contains images of Hebrew Bible heroes and the Titanic sinking and Jack Benny playing the violin.
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HARLEM HISTORY WALK
20th century hub of black culture and struggle. History, homes, music, churches, artists, leaders, and today's economic renaissance.
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JEWISH HARLEM
Once the third largest Jewish settlement in the world — houses of worship, everything retail, and a host of entertainers.
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BROOKLYN

THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE —
ROMANTIC PASSAGEWAY THAT JOINS TWO ISLANDS

Since its opening in 1883 the bridge has been praised for its innovation, its beauty, and the scene from its raised walkway. And now the new Brooklyn Bridge Park is transforming the Brooklyn waterfront.
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS AS 19TH CENTURY SUBURB: THE GENTRY ACROSS THE BRIDGE
Visit the promenade, personalities, and patrician architecture of this intimate neighborhood.
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DUMBO — WALLED CITY OF BROOKLYN
A tiny waterfront district of Civil War-era factories and warehouses, attracting artists, creative businesses, and competing visions for its future.
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BRIGHTON BEACH — LITTLE ODESSA BY THE SEA
A remarkable concentration of immigrants has transformed this seaside corner of Brooklyn into a Russian village.

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