Dig Into the Underground Countercultural Sites of Lower NYC


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In a Nutshell

Follow a historian around downtown Manhattan, visiting historic sites that saw political revolution, activism, and the rise of punk rock

The Fine Print

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What You'll Do

Lifelong New Yorker and historian Courtney Shapiro guides you and your group on an insider's tour of downtown Manhattan, leading a journey through its history of tumult, resilience, and change. Over the course of the two-hour stroll, you'll first encounter the Bowery Mural, the temporary exhibition space that gained fame after artist and AIDS activist Keith Haring left his mark on it. Trekking onward, you'll also explore political and literary revolutions at St. Mark's Place and Tompkins Square Park, learn about punk rock's rise at the Trash and Vaudeville clothing shop and former site of CBGB, and peek into little-known community gardens.

  • Two-Hour Tour of Historic Sites in Downtown Manhattan
    Investigate sites such as Bowery Mural, St. Mark's Place, and Tompkins Square Park with historian Courtney Shapiro

  • Explore the City's History of Protest, Rebellion, and Resilience
    Topics include political revolution, literary movements, and the growth of punk rock music

Each event is capped at 15 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.

Your Host

Courtney ShapiroCourtney Shapiro
Historian and Culture Buff

A lifelong New Yorker with a background as a history teacher and criminal defense attorney, Courtney Shapiro knows the city like few others. Her experiences living in the East Village during a tumultuous era inspired her to seek out other stories of change and transformation, especially alternative history. She's passionate about sharing that knowledge with others and helping them discover the lesser-known stories that have shaped New York's neighborhoods.

Where You'll Meet

Tours start at the northwest corner of 2nd Ave. and E. Houston St., right next to the subway entrance/exit.

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    2nd avenue and Houston street

    New York, NY 10003

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