New York City: Indie Rock 2-Hour Walking Tour

New York City: Indie Rock 2-Hour Walking Tour

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Learn about the rise and fall of indie rock in Alphabet City and the Lower East Side. See where indie rockers like The Stokes and Interpol started their careers.

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Duration 2 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
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Live tour guide
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Limited to 10 participants


  • See venues where bands like The Strokes made their live debuts
  • Explore famous landmarks and sights in New York City from the indie rock era
  • Get acquainted with neighborhoods in lower Manhattan
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Starting in New York City's neighborhood of Alphabet City, embark on a 2-hour urban walking tour where you will examine how some of Manhattan's last artist-friendly neighborhoods that have nurtured artists like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Regina Spektor. During this tour, you'll check out where famous artists recorded their debut albums, the neighborhood bars where Elliott Smith wrote XO and Stephin Merritt wrote the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, and where James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem began his DJ career. You'll also see where Beck, Regina Spektor, King Missile, and the Moldy Peaches all started their careers at open mic night. Go to the venues where the Strokes, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck, Anohni, and Neutral Milk Hotel made their live debuts and the apartments where Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stephin Merritt, and Jonathan Fire*eater lived early in their careers. Visit legendary venues including Sin-e, Sidewalk Cafe, Tonic, Brownies, the Pyramid Club, Luna Lounge, Meow Mix, and Cake Shop. As you make your way through the Lower East Side you will learn and discuss the history of both neighborhoods and how they impacted the Indie Rock music genre.  Wrap up your tour in the Lower East Side, where you will be free to walk around and explore at your own pace.
  • 2-hour walking tour
  • Expert guide
  • Taxes
  • Food or drinks
  • Tips

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  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
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