Take a walk down the oldest and most interesting street in New York City
A Tight Knit Fabric of a Community
Immerse yourself in this 90 minutes walking tour that will pull the curtain back and give you a glimpse into the magic that makes this neighborhood so unique. In partnership with Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Chinatown Little Italy Historic District Association, Tommy’s New York now has exclusive access to places in this community that are normally off-limits to the public. We tour the southern portion of the Historic District from Canal Street to Kimlau Square. The infamous Doyers Street ‘aka’ the bloody angle, Confucius Plaza, a Taoist Temple and the largest Buddhist Statue in New York City are a few of the stops along the way. The grand finale in a peek inside the CCBA-Chinese Consolidated Benevolant Association.
A Living Tapestry of Culture
Within the borders of this Historic District is a living breathing tapestry of Chinese American Culture. In addition, there are also enclaves of Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese. As you wind your way through Chinatown you will find it to be an epicenter of fashion, food, technology and culture. A well greased machine, you’ll be sure to encounter members of the Chinatown Business Improvement District keeping the streets cleaned. The parks within the district are always filled with neighborhood residence engaging in social activities like group dancing and tai chi, or playing cards and majhong. You will always find a very strong sense of community here.
We bring the History Alive
Today’s Manhattan Chinatown in lower Manhattan is a thriving community of Chinese American immigrants that first started taking root here in the late 1860’s. Restricted in size as a result of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, this community did not see substantial growth until after 1965 when the Immigration and Nationality Act was finally passed. Today, the Manhattan Chinatown in Lower Manhattan is 1 of over 9 different Chinese American Communities throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City. Combined they represent the largest representation of Chinese outside of China. And it all began right here on Mott Street in what was once known as Little Hong Kong.
Book Public Tour
Click here to buy tickets for one of our daily time-slots Monday to Friday at 3:30pm. This Tour is 90 minutes long and under 2 miles of walking. We operate rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather.
If you have a Go City Pass or New York Pass then click here to make your pass reservations.
BOWERY CHECK-IN LOCATION
CHECK-IN AND STARTING POINT
Please check-in for the Bowery Official Historic District Tour at the red pin on the map above. We are located at Confucius Statue on the corner of Bowery and Division Streets in Manhattan. See the photo of the Kiosk where we will be.
Chinatown Little Italy Information Kiosk
Corner of Baxter, Canal & Hester Streets