Hear the stories held within the walls of the Bowery’s newest and oldest buildings during a walking tour

St. Mark's Church

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What You'll Do

Nowadays, shining high rises and luxury hotels sprout above the streets of the Bowery. But for more than a century, it was known as the city's skid row, home to taverns, flophouses, and brothels. Walking with architect and Bowery enthusiast Chien Dao, you'll hear riveting stories of the constantly evolving neighborhood as he points out such landmarks as the grave of NYC's last Dutch mayor and the site of the late, great music venue CBGB. Chien will lend his architect's expertise to discussions of four of the area's most significant structures, shedding an insider's light on their important features.

  • Hear About the Bowery's Unsavory Past
    Delve into fascinating tales about the decades the neighborhood spent as one of the city's poorest and most crime filled

  • See the Area's Most Interesting Buildings
    Follow your architect guide as he points out interesting features of the Bowery's most significant landmarks, both old and new

Each event is capped at 16 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Chien Dao Chien Dao
Architect, Studio Owner

Chien Dao's fondness for architecture began at an early age. As a child, he designed his own furniture and quickly fell in love with the art form after reading about Frank Lloyd Wright. This passion carried on through adulthood, and when he moved to New York City more than a decade ago, Chien became enthralled with its structural transformations throughout the years, the historic events that played out in its streets, especially on the Bowery, and the legacies of its prominent architects. Today, he owns his own architecture firm, Chien Dao Studio, and continues to study the city's rich legacy.


Scheduled Dates

  • Monday (4 p.m.–6 p.m.)
    November 18
    December 2

  • Friday (6 p.m.–8 p.m.)
    December 6 | December 13 | December 20
    January 10 | January 17 | January 24 | January 31

  • Saturday (2 p.m.–4 p.m.)
    December 14
    January 4 | January 11 | January 18 | January 25


Where You'll Meet

Tours will begin in front of St. Mark's Church.


In a Nutshell

Architect Chien Dao regales you with stories of the Bowery's time as skid row as he discusses its most architecturally significant buildings

The Fine Print

Expires Jan 31st, 2014. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Must provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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