I have a bad case of withdrawal from the warm beachy weather I left in Sri Lanka! I’m back in NYC for a short time and decided my cure for chilly jet lag would be to hit the cold streets of New York head on. I had a friend in town who was a first time visitor to NYC so I dusted off my NYC visitor playbook and got us on a few walking tours in New York. I have always recommended food and walking tours for first time visitors to NYC – it’s a great way to orient yourself to the neighborhoods and find some awesome local places to eat during your stay.
My body revolted as I bundled up in my winter jacket and scarf to head out on the streets for 3 hours. But it wasn’t mad at me for long when I started feeding it delicious homemade pasta from the Mario Batali food tour we went on! A fun orientation to the Village and the legacy of Batali. He was a key player in showing Americans what Italian food really was, as opposed to the oversauced, meatballed versions we had grown accustomed to. We went to 3 restaurants and a gelato store, basically having a 4 course Italian meal (antipasto, primo, secondo, and dolce) while roaming around Greenwich Village. Perfecto!
The next day we went deeper into old New York and did a fascinating walking tour of the Lower East Side. The Lower East Side is a neighborhood that has always been the epicenter of immigrants and the beginning of a thriving merchant community. Surprisingly it still really is that today as it is home to the Asian and Hispanic populations living in the redesigned historic tenement buildings. We went through historic synagogues, stopped at old cafes and food vendors for some nosh, and enjoyed the vibrant street art all while learning of the tough history and emerging gentrification of the Lower East Side. I’ve been to the tenement museum a few times and it has always been one of my favorite places to send people to in NYC – however after this Walks of New York Lower East Side tour I think this was an even better, more interactive way to be really deeply introduced to the history of the tenements and immigrants of Manhattan.
What is Week In-Stagram Review?
Each week brings some new scenery and location for me – that’s just the way I like it. If you want to follow where I am real time – then on Friday I will post some of my Instagram photos from the current week. Some weeks I may be traveling somewhere exotic, and some weeks it may be less interesting – but it will give you a peek into my life of perpetual motion.
Disclosure: I was hosted by the Walks of New York on my tours, however all of the opinions on this site are my own.