As the tour winds through century-old streets, an experienced, shomer shabos, NYC licensed tour guide retells stories of the Lower East Side- stories about Rabbi Jacob Joseph, NYC's first (and only) Chief Rabbi, the struggle to keep the Shabbos, and of course the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.
The rich history of the Lower East Side comes alive in front of your eyes.
Some stops along the way (these are walk-by, not indoor stops) :
- The historic Bialystoker Synagogue- originally built in 1827 as a church, now the most active shul in the community
- Yeshiva Rabbi Jacob Joseph- the first yeshiva in the Lower East Side
- Mesivta Tiferes Jerusalem- the yeshiva of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein o"bm which is today under the direction of his son Rabbi Dovid Feinstein
- Shteeble Row- a variety of old-time, still functioning, one room synagogues all located on one street
- Pickle Guys- where pickles are sold straight "from the barrel" along with other unusual pickled delights- such as pickled mangos and even pickle flavored gum
- Kossar's Bialys- A Lower East Side institution baking bialys since 1936
What Is Not Included?
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa or Mastercard only. Cash is not accepted.
- Is there an age limit on this tour?
- Of course not! Though this tour is specially designed for children age 9 and up, anyone is welcome. Children under 5 can join us for free. Children age 6 and up must purchase tickets.
- What if I'm an adult and have no child to accompany me on the tour?
- This tour is specially designed to be on the level of children age 9 and up, but anyone is welcome.
- Do you have to be Jewish to appreciate this tour of the Jewish Lower East Side?
- No, absolutely not! This tour is a fun learning experience that brings the East Side story to life for kids and adults as well - no matter what your background is.
- Is this also a good general New York City sightseeing tour?
- Yes! This tour is a great way for kids to get a feel of an authentic New York City neighborhood and its ethnic flavor.
- Can a New Yorker gain anything from this tour, or is it only for tourists?
- You'd be surprised at how much native New York kids can learn about their own city on this tour!
- Is there a place to sit during the tour? Are restrooms available?
- There are indoor stops along the way where seating and restrooms are available.
- Does the tour operate in inclement weather?
- Yes, the tour operates rain or shine. In case of inclement weather we make sure to increase the amount of time spent indoors.
- Is there a dress code?
- Since we will be stopping at a synagogue, modest attire is requested. No halter or tank tops or short shorts.
- Is a head covering necessary for the stop at the synagogue?
- The synagoge provides head coverings for men. Women do not need head coverings.
- Is this tour wheelchair-accessible?
- The tour goes into places that are not wheelchair-accessible. If you would like to attend with someone in a wheelchair, please click on the "Contact Timeline" link to discuss how much of the tour someone in a wheelchair would be able to enjoy.
- Is the tour stroller-accessible?
- Yes, but please keep in mind there is a short flight of steps to go up into the synagogue, so you will need to be able to lift your child/carry the stroller in order to enter.
- Where does the tour end?
- The tour ends at the intersection of Essex and Delancey Streets, in Manhattan's Lower East Side, a short block's walk from the 6th Avenue F train. The ending point is also three short blocks away from a parking lot, located on Broome Street.
- Where is parking available?
- There is a public parking lot on Broome Street, between Suffolk and Norfolk Streets. Three-hour free parking is available, with validation. Along the route of the tour, we will stop and get your parking tickets validated. Please let the tour guide know that you need parking validation.
- How long is the tour? How much walking is involved?
- The tour is a 2 hour tour with a moderate amount of walking.
- Are any snacks or refreshments served on the tour?
- We stop at a traditional European-style bakery, a pickle shop, and a bialy bakery, and there are numerous places along the tour route where you can purchase refreshments. The cost of purchasing snacks and refreshments (at scheduled stops or otherwise) is not included in the tour price.
- Are cameras allowed on the tour?
- Yes. Please make sure to bring a camera or videocamera to capture the sights.
- Can I book a private tour?
- Yes. If you are interested in booking a private tour, please click on the "Contact Timeline" link to email us your request. We will do our best to accommodate you.
- Are gift certificates available for this tour?
- If you are interested in purchasing this tour for someone as a gift, please click on the "Contact Timeline" link to email us your request. We will be in touch with you to make arrangements.
Timeline Touring/ LoVer East Side Tours
Timeline Touring/ LoVer East Side Tours is for visitors and native New Yorkers who are not satisfied with the typical New York City tourist spots, and who want to gain access to the vast cultural expanse that is modern-day New York. Only in Jewish New York can you see a world that exists as if it were pre-war Warsaw, Budapest or Prague - in the beauty of its own cherished heritage. Timeline/ LoVer East Side Tours enables you to step back in time as you visit a way of life which you may have assumed had all but disappeared. Spend some time with our warm, friendly guides, and you will feel the spirit of New York City's Jewish culture - a culture celebrated for its vast contribution to both the ancient and modern worlds.