LES History Month has so many things to offer, we know it can be quite the challenge! Here is a round-up of some tours starting this weekend that will add to your LES experience:

Two Bridges NeighborFood: Tour The Diverse Markets of Two Bridges & Chinatown Through a Local Lens – led by Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
Friday, May 6, 1PM-2.30PM
Meet the people behind the area’s family-owned businesses and supermarkets, while gaining insight into selecting the best fresh and affordable products for your family from the neighborhood! Participants can register for this FREE tour by sending Michael an email; the meeting point will be in front of 80 Rutgers Slip.


Chinatown: A Walk Through History With the Museum of Chinese in America, led by Friends of Elizabeth St Garden
Saturday, May 7, 10.30AM-12PM
Open to the public + FREE! Meet at Elizabeth Street Garden and uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour examines how everyday buildings, public and commercial places, and streets have shaped the community from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City. The tour ends at the Museum of Chinese in America.

Community Gardens & Sustainability Tours led by Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS)
May 7, 14, 21, 28
The good folks at MoRUS is hosting a FREE tour this Sunday, May 8th, 1pm, just for LES History Month!

Did you know that the Lower East Side has the highest concentration of community gardens and squats of any neighborhood in the country? Learn more and visit legendary historic sites where the community faced off with gentrification and corporate power. The wonderful MoRUS team also contributed a blog post here that gives you a little historical background on community gardens here in the LES.

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Great Ladies of the Lower East Side: Heroines, Balabustas, and Yiddisha Mammas! A Special Mother’s Day Walking Tour, lead by Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy
Sunday, May 8, 11AM
Take your mother out for a day out in the neighborhood! The tour begins with a drink at the historic dining room in The Henry Street Settlement and will end at Eldridge Street Synagogue: a monumental new stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans.

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Mobile Walking Tour “lead” by PS122
Kick-off event: Saturday, May 7, 2pm; self-guided walking tours — all month!
Performance Space 122, 150 1st Avenue.

Performance Space 122’s Mobile Walking Tour is a free self-guided mobile tour that tells the unique history of contemporary performance in the Lower East Side. Users are led to five locations around the Lower East Side, which were each home to seminal moments in performance history and include site-specific video content discoverable via links and QR codes printed on iconic newspaper stands reminiscent of the Village Voice racks of old. Bonus: interviews from prominent artists and curators such as John Collins, Jack Ferver, Dean Moss, Katherine Profeta, Salley May, Mark Russell, Kaneza Schaal, Lucy Sexton and more!

Tour requires 45 minutes of light walking and access to a smartphone with data.

Expect Pt II of Walking Tours Highlights NEXT WEEK, focusing on those in the latter half of the month. Meanwhile, please explore the full offerings for the month by perusing the events calendar in the bar above!

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