The dream of America, Di Goldeneh Medina (the golden land), attracted millions of Eastern European Jews fleeing oppression and pogroms from the early 1880’s. Close to 2 million Jews came here in the 4 decades following. The new immigrants mostly from Poland and Russia found the streets to be overcrowded with people and pushcarts. Then in 1924 strict quotas with restrictive immigration laws limited their entrance into the Promised Land (America). Come hear the stories of this great migration from Europe based on family and hard work that helped this community assimilate and grow. They built a unique community where they established synagogues, schools, banks and businesses. From their dreams and hopes they created a vibrant and complex culture that was known as the Jewish Lower East Side. Tales of how immigrants struggled with its rich history and cultural diversity.


We do not go into these sites

  • Sunshine Theatre
  • Jarmulowsky Bank
  • Jewish Benevolent Society
  • Orchard St.
  • Hester St.
  • Pickle Guys
  • Forward Building
  • Eastern Dispensary
  • Bnei Brit (where it was found)
  • Allen Street
  • Yonah Schimmels
  • Russ and Daughters
  • Bet Hamidrash Hagadol
  • Katz’s Deli

Meet up location  steps of Sara D. Roosevelt park on E. Houston between Forsythe and Chrystie St . Guide will be holding sign Metro NYC Tours. We do not end where we start. Check schedule for days and times offered.

Duration | 2 hours 30 min.
Activity Level | Moderate



Gratuities are greatly appreciated.

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