|East Village Walking Tour|
The East Village of New York City earned its reputation as a countercultural haven in the years following WWII, however the neighborhood's distinct progressive character dates back to the mid-seventeenth century as host to one of America's earliest "mixed" neighborhoods, Bouwerij Village.
From farmland to modern-day gentrification, LESHP utilizes a decade of active research, rare maps, photos, documents, articles and oral histories not found elsewhere to provide a one-of-a-kind tour experience.
Your Guide (depends on the day!):
Eric Ferrara is founder and director of the Lower East Side History Project, published author and fourth-generation, native New Yorker whose family immigrated to Little Italy in the 1880s. He is a consultant on several movie, tv, and media projects world wide, including HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Warner Brothers' new Great Gatsby. MORE ABOUT ERIC HERE.
Andrea Coyle, Director of Outreach and Membership for Lower East Side History Project, is a native New Yorker, a licensed NYC tour guide, a member of The Guides Association of NYC, and a graphic artist. She is a community activist and is passionate about preserving the fabric of NYC neighborhoods. Andrea was an early education preschool teacher, and she also volunteers for Big Apple Greeter. In addition, she was recently on the annual awards committee for The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and is currently working with groups such as the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, and Save Coney Island.
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