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The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

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New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

1. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

2. New York: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour

Stroll the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan to discover the history of different immigrant communities. See how they made this part of New York their home and treat your taste buds to food samples from all over the world.  Stop outside significant local landmarks including the African Burial Ground Monument and the New York Supreme Court. Learn about the facinating origins of the African American community in New York.  Head to the Chinatown district and learn more about the Chinese community which once lived in the area. Try some fried dumplings at a spot that is popular with locals. Then, discover the adjacent district of Little Italy which was home to thousands of immigrants from southern Italy. Enjoy some classic Italian flavors which have formed the basis of some of the most popular modern American snacks.  Next, enter the Nolita neighborhood and stop outside St Patrick's Old Cathedral, a key focal point of the Irish Catholic community. Take a short stroll through the Sara D Roosevelt Park.  Learn about the history of the Jewish community as you stroll through the Lower East Side. Try knishes, a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish snack made with potato-based dough and a variety of fillings. End your tour outside the Tenement Museum.

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What people are saying about The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 369 reviews

Very informative to not only the Basilica’s history but also some of NYC’s history as well. Beautiful place. Our guide was very thorough and answered all questions asked of him. Overall a great experience. Even my 16 yo son liked it.

Very interesting, lots of stories and above all, Chinatown which is little known :) Very interesting, lots of stories and above all, Chinatown which is little known :)

The tour was amazing! The food was spectacular and I loved the accompanying historical photos to give context.

Our tour guide was Mike and he did a great job. He was very knowledgeable, well-spoken and very friendly.

Our skilled guide told exciting stories about both gangsters and ghosts