Walking tours let you explore the very sidewalks where that city’s famous denizens once strolled and yelled, “I’m famous and I will live forever!” at passing cars. Feel the history beneath your feet with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $10 for a 90-minute walking tour for one person (a $20 value)
- $19 for a 90-minute walking tour for two people (a $40 value)
- $35 for a 90-minute walking tour for four people (a $80 value)
The Radical Alphabet City Walking Tour sets off at 3 p.m. on Sundays from the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space site. The tour crisscrosses the Lower East Side as it ventures into community gardens and tenement buildings locally famous as centers of local change. Tours are led by community activists who share their stories and those of others who have fought to promote social change and empower the community.
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
"This is a celebration," museum co-director Bill DiPaola told The New York Times about the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS) just as it was opening in 2012. The history of the East Village’s grassroots movements is on display here, though not necessarily in traditional-museum form. A good bit of the museum’s work is done through its neighborhood walking tours, which guide guests through squats, community gardens, and famous sites that became centers of local activism and community change. As groups explore the area, tour guides—all of whom are local activists—pass on stories of the historic moments they lived through, be they fighting developers for the survival of community gardens or the 1988 Tompkins Square Park riots. Inside the museum, exhibits cover anything from local bicycle activism to photography that locks in time the many struggles of the neighborhood through the years.
“It was great, very interesting.”
“The tour guide, Bill, was very informative and interesting!”