The Little Italy / NoLIta & Five Points Walking Tour

A Walking Tour of the Past and the Present

We will walk through Little Italy and Nolita and the area that was the infamous “Five Points” Neighborhood portrayed in the movie "Gangs of New York".
We will see a remaining landmark survivor (1 family, 2 story, Federal styled home) of a middle income artisan community that was here before Little Italy or the Five Points neighborhoods came into being.
We will also see surviving landmark institutional buildings along with interesting pictures and stories that will give us an insight into both neighborhoods past.
We will walk through "NoLIta" the new neighborhood emerging in the northern part of little Italy.
There are 20 stops that include 10 New York City Landmarks & 10 national landmarks.

I will talk about and show some famous landmark buildings - focusing on architecture plus the Irish and Italian history connected to both neighborhoods.
Both neighborhoods and all stops are fully discussed.

Some Highlights of the Tour are:

About four hours long

Meet at: Southwest corner of Lafayette & Houston Street
#6 trains to Bleecker Street or N, R to Prince Street or F to Lafayette St.

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,
who has spent over 26 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
Alfred Pommer 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" ?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details www.nycwalk.com
Or :
Click Here for advance ticket sales



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The Five Points (Gangs of New York) Walking Tour

A Walking Tour or Slide Show of the Past and the Present

This walking tour / slideshow focuses on the history of the poor Irish in the infamous old Five Points neighborhood
with some interesting pictures and stories that may help us understand the neighborhoods' past.

This is a Walking Tour or Slideshow of the old Five Points Neighborhood:

Whether you take the walking tour or do the slideshow you will experience an excursion through
the area where the "Five Points" neighborhood actually existed over a hundred years ago.

A area roughly bounded by: Canal St. - Duane St. - Lafayette St. & the Bowery.
Going back to the beginning of 19th century there was a lower middle income, ethnically mixed, artisan apprentice community called "Paradise Square"
that for the most part was made up of wood frame, 1 family (2 story) homes in the area that became the infamous "Five Points".
We will examine the sites of various locations that existed in the old "Five Points" neighborhood, some of the places that were referred to in the movie "Gangs of New York".
All stops are fully discussed.

Some Highlights Are:

  • “Fatty” Walsh's Riot and why it was important
  • Pictures of scenes from the old Five Points neighborhood
  • The landmark, fieldstone Church of the Transfiguration built in 1802

  • Optional: The house where Alfred E. Smith lived and
  • The Church of St. James, where the 1st branch of the Ancient Order of Hibernians
    in New York was formed and where Alfred E. Smith was an altar boy
  • The landmark Edward Mooney House from 1789

  • The site of the actual Five Points intersection
  • The site of the old Brewery and the Five Points Mission
  • The Baxter St. Dudes and their Grand Duke's Theater
  • Find out about the House of Industry
  • Charles Dickens, Pete Williams Place, Master Juba and tap dancing in the Five Points Neighborhook
  • The site of and a picture of the Old Tombs prison (both of them)
  • Foley Square and who was Tom Foley?
  • Find out about "Boss Tweed" and see the old "Tweed Courthouse"
  • The Marble Palace and Alexander T. Stewart
  • The oldest existing tenement in New York City and what were tenements and how they fit into the area’s history
  • The site of the Collect Pond and how Paradise Square turned into the infamous Five Points neighborhood - and much more
About 2 hours Long for the walking tour.     About 1 hour to 1½ hours for the slideshow.

The walking tour meets at the Southeast Corner of Canal St. & Mott St. (Chase Bank)
#6 trains to Canal St. Street or N, R to Canal Street

The walking tour & slide show is given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, an informative native New Yorker and a Licensed New York City Guide,
who has spent over 25 years researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
Alfred Pommer 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   www.nycwalk.com     http://nycslideshows.com
Or :
Click Here for advance ticket sales

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