What You'll Do
Today, Little Italy and Chinatown stand as quaint windows into their respective cultures, and the intersection that was once known as Five Points sits beneath the staid buildings of the Civic Center. Once upon a time, however, these three neighborhoods served as the loci of organized crime in New York. With veteran tour guide and cultural historian Robin London, you'll walk the streets of south Manhattan, where Italian Mafiosi worked rackets, underground opium dens catered to debauched customers, and Irish gangsters ruled the slums with an iron fist. An enthusiastic guide of her native city, London leavens her vivid tales with stops at her favorite spots to pick up tasty grub.
Delve Into the Sordid Past of Chinatown, Five Points, and Little Italy
Learn about the underground dealings and ruthless gangs that once ruled the streets of south Manhattan
Nosh on the Neighborhoods' Delicious Food
In between stories of gangland escapades, New York native Robin London leads her charges to her favorite spots to grab a snack
Each event is capped at 18 participants; each event requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to take place.
NYC Cultural Historian
A native New Yorker, Robin London grew up playing on the sidewalks and fire escapes of the Lower East Side. Today, as a licensed tour guide with more than 25 years of experience, she gets to share her knowledge and passion for the city with visitors. Also a member of the National Association of Storytellers, she escorts groups around the city while making tales of New York's past come alive.
Where You'll Meet
Tours begin at the gate in the northwest corner of Petrosini Square.