We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Lower East Side History Project Walking Tours

Lower East Side History Project Walking Tours
Booking unavailable on TripAdvisor

Want other options you can book now?
All photos (68)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent95%
  • Very good2%
  • Average0%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“eric ferrara”(32 reviews)
“private tour”(18 reviews)
“social clubs”(8 reviews)
Lower East Side History Project is an award winning non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and preservation.
c/o Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, New York City, NY
East Village
+1 347-465-7767
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 22, 2011

This tour was jam-packed with the colorful history of the Mob. Our tour guide put this information out in such an exciting way and injected some humorous stories also. When he first said the tour would be 2 hours, I thought to myself-"Oh no!". When...More

8  Thank Magnolia994
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed December 13, 2014

non profit organisation! maybe thats why no1 could be bothered turning up! we fit this in our busy week in NYC as it was something me and my partner really wanted to do on our holiday of a lifetime.it was raining lightly and on our...More

9  Thank raymond910
LESHP, Manager at Lower East Side History Project Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2014

Maybe you didn't get my message that I was attacked by a dog and required a plastic surgeon to reattach my lip. Sorry your vacation was ruined.

Reviews (217)
Filter reviews
215 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews eric ferrara private tour social clubs little italy first hand knowledge italian immigration great tour his knowledge new york booked this tour points of interest east village informative tour mafia mob les myths
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 215 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow, what an amazing experience. Eric our guide was a fountain of knowledge having first had experience living in little Italy and growing up with Mafia Members. We toured the former streets of little Italy and shown what life was like back then being a...More

Thank jakegenever
Reviewed 1 week ago

Eric was amazing. Called him on Saturday and he met my wife and I early Sunday morning for the tour even though we were the only ones. Truth be told she only went for me. Eric grew up in the area and is very passionate...More

Thank McBudster
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I booked this tour after she did some research online about mob history related tours. Evidently Eric’s resume speaks for itself and that was a win win as he charges very little money for such educational tour. I love history and mob...More

Thank Yosel V
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

I planned a special LES day in NYC for my 27th wedding anniversary. Every meal and activity was meticulously planned 3-4 weeks in advance, including the Forgotten NY tour. I booked it 3 weeks in advance and received confirmation by email. My wife and I...More

Thank Cluesct
LESHP, Manager at Lower East Side History Project Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2018

Yes, I (Eric Ferrara, LESHP director) take full responsibility because I carelessly wrote you into the wrong date in the book. I'm very sorry. Over 15 years, we as guides, have been stood up dozens of time... so I know how it feels. No matter...More

Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

Aug 11 2018 had mafia tour booked in advance for weeks for my husband and myself at 12 noon. I had done the tour a few years back and it was fantastic. My husband was super excited to go on this tour. We got an...More

1  Thank Jane d
LESHP, Manager at Lower East Side History Project Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2018

You are leaving out the part about severe weather alerts that day (lightning, flash flooding) and how everyone was contacted at 9:00am that the tour would be cancelled for safety reasons, as per our weather policy. Thanks for the one star.

Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Just a brilliant walk. Full of tales of old Lower East side. Fully comes alive in front of your eyes.

Thank mops9
Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed the tour, 1,5 hour of knowledge!!!! The tourist guide really know his job!!! Great to know about the real history behind great movies like The Godfather!

Thank Adriana G
Reviewed November 7, 2017

Bit late in posting a review... This is a very good tour. Eric was very informative and knew his history, he communicated excellently. He answered any questions we had and even went over the allotted time on the tour as he had time to spare....More

Thank Weedo
Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

Eric does an excellent job communicating his immense knowledge about the topic. Both my wife and I loved the tour and knowing more about the history of such an important community in Manhattan. 100% recommended.

Thank Leandro L
Reviewed October 15, 2017

My wife and I highly recommend the Mafia Tour offered by the Lower East Side History Project. Our guide, Eric, was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He had a great deal of information to share and he was happy to answer any and all questions. Eric...More

Thank hml9924
View more reviews
East Village
There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village,
which offers plenty of unique small businesses
catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college
students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the
old-time neighbourhood feel that you can still
experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned
shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of
the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to
Nearby HotelsSee all 487 nearby hotels
St. Marks Hotel
489 reviews
.27 km away
Hyatt Union Square New York
1,888 reviews
.38 km away
Seafarers & International House
294 reviews
.44 km away
The Standard, East Village
824 reviews
.45 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 15,868 nearby restaurants
Cacio e Pepe
151 reviews
.09 km away
Numero 28 Pizzeria Napoletana
171 reviews
.09 km away
109 reviews
.08 km away
Mimi Cheng's Dumplings
88 reviews
.09 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 4,750 nearby attractions
Montauk Salt Cave
26 reviews
.21 km away
St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church
11 reviews
.07 km away
Avital Food Tours
1,065 reviews
.19 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
April 18, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from LESHP | Property representative |
Hello- Yes, I emailed you back twice. Maybe our emails are getting blocked? Please meet the group by 12:00pm outside of Cacio e Vino at 80 Second Avenue (between E.4th and E.5th Streets). If you need specific directions... More
Les F
March 22, 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from LESHP | Property representative |
Hi Les- Our tours are $20pp and a full schedule with more information about each tour can be found on our website (it won't let me post a link for some ridiculous reason). This is our schedule through the end of... More