The Little Italy / NoLIta Walking Tour
Little Italy / Chinatown listed in the National Register of Historic Places
A Wallking Tour of Little Italy's Past and the Present as a part of the Lower East Side
History - Architecture - Interesting Stories and Pictures from the Past
The walking tour focuses on the Italian history of the old neighborhood that became known as: Little Italy, and the newly evolving neighborhood of: NoLIta.
Also information about the architecture and history of remaining landmark institutional, religious and residential buildings that help us relate to the neighborhoods past
along with interesting pictures and stories that also help join us with the neighborhoods' past.
This Walking Tour of Little Italy's Past and Present Features:
A walk through the old Little Itally neighborhood that was roughly bounded by: Bleecker St., Lafayette St., Mosco St. and the Bowery; and the newly evolving NoLIta (northern Little Italy) gradually developing in the area surrounding the old St. Patrick's Cathedral. Going back to the early 19th century there was a middle income, ethnically mixed, artisan community with hundreds of 1 family (2 story) Federal styled homes that spread across the area - we will see a landmark survivor of one of the Federal style homes from 1817.
All participants will be given an itinerary for the 2½ hour tour an itinerary with 20 stops that includes 9 New York City landmarks and 7 national landmarks .
(7 buildings are both New York City and national landmarks)
All stops are fully discussed.
Highlights on the 2½ Hour Tour Are:
- The Puck Bldg. & its distasteful connection to Irish history
- Find out about the chocolate factory
- Petrosino Square "the detective in the derby" and his Italian Legion
- The Basilica of Saint Patrick's Original Cathedral a 5 building Complex and some history of Little Italy and Five Points
- originally The St. Patrick's School from 1826
- Elizabeth Street and Elizabeth Street Gardens
- The Italian American Museum and Stabile Bank, a neighborhood bank
- Landmark example of a typical Federal style, single family home that populated this early 19th century artisan neighborhood.
- originally: the Astor Memorial School
- Church of the Most Precious Blood
- Odd Fellows Hall and what it looked like when it was first built
- The First Central Police Headquarters Building for the 5 boroughs of New York City
- Examples of ‘Old Law’ or ‘Dumbbell’ tenements and how they fit into the area’s history
- Louise Nevelson lived and worked here for 29 years
- Find out about The 1st Afro-American Slave that will be a saint in the Catholic Church
- Find out about Farfariello the clown that little Italy loved and interesting stories on Mulberry St.
- Also sites of: Ravenite Social Club and the infamous, first Umberto's Clam House and much more.
- Engine Company #55
- The Most Holy Crucifix Church
- Petrosino Square and Cleveland Place
- a tenement with "Moses" on top
Optional on the 2½ Hour Tour:
About Two and a Half Hours Long
- The Church of the Transfiguration from 1802
- The infamous Mulberry Bend, Mott St. in 1907 & Doyer St.
Meet at the Southwest corner of Lafayette and Houston Street The walking tour is given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker and a Licensed New York City Guide,
#6 trains to Bleecker Street or N, R to Prince Street or F to Lafayette Street
who has spent over 25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
And he has written four Manhattan guide books published by The History Press and Arcadia Publishing.
"Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square" "Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" "Exploring New York's SoHo"
& "Exploring the Original West Village" This is a link to Alfred Pommer's author page at amazon.com
Interested in a Private Walking Tour or Slide Show?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details
or for a publicly scheduled walking tour http://nycpublicwalks.com
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