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East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

1. East Village Rock n' Roll Walking Tour

Explore the East Village and learn about rock culture on a 2-hour guided walking tour. What a great neighborhood and one that you may not have explored on your own. The tour takes you through the East Village, Alphabet City and the Bowery. The East Village rock 'n' roll tour explores the music scene from the 60's through to the present. It is a historical tour that will leave you asking 'why didn't I do this tour sooner'. Rock, Punk and Glam are the three genres of music that helped form the history of rock culture and you will explore them all. New York City's East Village helped introduce new music, rock 'n' roll fashion and a way of life to the world. Now you can check out the sites and stories of The Ramones, New York Dolls, CBGB's, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, The Fillmore East, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and more. Find out where they played, lived, shopped and shot album covers, plus soak up the rich musical history of this Lower East Side neighborhood. Although many of these landmarks have changed, the memories continue to inspire up and coming New York City bands. You will explore the neighborhood's rock history, focusing on sites and artists including: • Fillmore East • Ramones • CBGB's • New York Dolls • Iggy • Album covers and more • A great walk through the historic East Village

Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

2. Manhattan: Brooklyn Delights and Lower East Side Bike Tour

You'll begin your tour on the lower east side of Manhattan, once the most densely populated neighborhood in the world and now a very hip area with a thriving nightlife and plenty of quirks. Heading into Brooklyn, you'll explore high-end Bohemian neighborhood of Williamsburg to visit one of the Big Apple's truly underground microbreweries — where participants over the age of 21 may sample craft beers on tap. A short ride away, yet seemingly centuries back in time, is a Hassidic shtetl, where the orthodox Jewish population lives according to centuries-old religious tradition. On Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, all businesses are closed as the synagogue becomes the focal point of existence. As if traveling through time, pass by the Brooklyn Navy Yard, site of nearly 200 years of shipbuilding history and the birthplace of scores of famous ships, from the Fulton Steam Frigate to the USS Maine. Complete your return to the 21st century as you ride to the now-posh neighborhood of Dumbo and, finally, pedal over the Brooklyn Bridge to take in incredible views of the New York skyline and harbor.

New York: Lower East Side 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

3. New York: Lower East Side 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Get to know New York City's Lower East Side on a 2.5-hour walking tour with food tastings included. Since the early 1800s, this area has been the home of immigrants to the United States wanting to start a new life in America.  This is reflected in the food, clothing, languages, and buildings. In addition a new wave of New York hipsters have now moved in and have dramatically changed the "scene” of the Lower East Side. Learn about this interesting past and changing present as you walk the streets of the Lower East Side, taking in the sights and hearing the history, and enjoy food tastings along the way.

From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

4. From Manhattan: 2-Hour Brooklyn Bridge Park Bike Tour

Enjoy an engaging ride down New York City’s famed West Side Greenway to Brooklyn, and travel across the nearly 6,000-foot span of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Brooklyn’s vibrant culture and exceptional architectural legacy and history. Brooklyn has always held an extraordinary status throughout the world, not only historically but cinematically as well. Here is your opportunity to familiarize yourself with this legendary borough on two wheels. All the team members are trained New York City Tour Guides. Stops include Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Walt Whitman Park, Fort Greene Park, Admiral’s Row/Brooklyn Navy Yard, Battery Park.

East Village NYC Pizza Walking Tour

5. East Village NYC Pizza Walking Tour

Explore New York’s Lower East Side on a unique walking tour that combines a little history, some local color, and a lot of pizza! Once the proving ground for newly arrived immigrants, the Lower East Side housed a mix of Germans, Poles, Ukranians, and Italians - all from working class families just trying to make it their home. It was a neighborhood so cramped, the goal of all who lived there was to get out as quickly as possible. Fast forward a few decades and it has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in New York. More importantly, it has become one of the most pizza-dense neighborhoods on the planet! The streets are filled with classic slice shops, tiny Neapolitan eateries, and creative new angles on century-old techniques. As you walk - and your guide fills you up with pizza knowledge - stop at 3 pizzerias, each specializing in a different stage of the pie's development from a humble Neapolitan street food to a celebrated American staple. Spend time with the owners and pizzaioli (pizza makers) to learn some of the tricks of the trade. Beyond learning about ancient pizza toppings and dough stretching techniques, compare the baking patterns of 3 different pizza ovens. By the end of the tour you’ll have a deep understanding of pizza’s origin, as well as its evolution into a worldwide phenomenon.

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An informative couple of hours.

If you are a fan of the CBGB era of New York music you will really enjoy the tour and there is also things you will find out about other musicians who lived and played in the part of NYC that the tour is based. The pace of the tour is just right and you are not moved so quickly that you think you are racing around it.

A must if you love music.

Loved this tour and probably one of the best things we have done this holiday. Bobby Pin is like an encyclopaedia of music. If you are a music fan, this is a must! Bring some extra cash for Bobby’s book at the end, well worth it and such an interesting read. Couldn’t really recommend it anymore if I could. LOVED it.

Really interesting and entertaining

"Bob Pinn" showed deep insight into the rock and roll history of the area and told many anecdotes from the ages of 60-80 in an interesting and entertaining way. The tour was appropriate in length and passed exciting historical sites. The tour is recommended.

Absolutely Awesome Tour

This was a brilliant tour, our guide was so knowledgable and had actually really been there in many of the stories he told. His passion for this genre of music and the area was infectious and really made the tour.

Amazing so fun very knowledgeable learned a lot very well done don’t miss!!