A short-hop history lesson in NYC

Financial District, New York City

A short-hop history lesson in NYC

Discover New York’s gritty and glittering past on a stroll through the Financial District with time-hopping host Alan Cohen.

You’ll be guided through the gleaming monoliths along Wall and Broad streets to show there’s more to this ‘hood than money-making. This tour takes you all the way back to the time of Native American settlements via British invasions, mass migration and industrial busts and booms. It’s a probing look into NYC’s lesser-trodden past.

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Alan Cohen

Your insider

Alan Cohen

Past master

Born in Brooklyn and resident in Manhattan, Alan Cohen is himself enmeshed in NYC’s history. His PhD in psychology and professorial career have been enhanced by pavement pounding, unearthing a trove of native tales and inspiring his enduring fascination with local heroes and villains. Cohen is an official guide at the Central Park Conservancy, docent at the Museum of the City of New York and a licensed NYC sightseeing guide: a mile in his shoes is truly half a millennium in history.

New York City condensed: the rise of modern civilisation in a mile, from Chambers Street to Battery Park

2 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:30 and 15:30
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Where you'll go
Like a New York minute, a lot happens in a New York mile. On the way from Chambers Street to Battery Park you’ll see grand judicial centres (Customs House, City Hall), cultural crucibles (Newspaper Row, Harper Collins), industrial institutions, places of worship and a presidential pit stop (George Washington’s former home) – ending on a lingering look at Lady Liberty. Stops at Zuccotti Park (site of the Occupy Wall Street movement) and the Charging Bull statue shift the timeline forward, too.
What you'll learn
While deep-diving into this engaging metropolis, there are few topics Cohen doesn’t touch on. America’s glories and shames are laid bare: anecdotes on displacement, executions, vandalism and war are told in the same breath as industrial triumphs, social reform, architectural innovations and the city’s take-note art scene. Cohen can confidently go off script and your experience can be tailored to suit your interests, so even the most fervent stars and stripes-waver will come away with a new nugget of wisdom.
Experience location
You will be meeting outside a store on Broadway; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.