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Greenwich Village: History, Music and Activism

From NYU and Washington Square Park, to its legendary music venues, to the famous people who lived there, to its cultural impact, the Village is as popular today as when Dylan, Springsteen, Hendrix, Ginsberg and others roamed the streets looking for gigs. Join Brad for an entertaining and historic tour and learn why Greenwich Village is still, well, the "Village"


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Early Sacred Sites of the Lower East Side

Herbert Ashbury’s “Gangs of New York” was a fantastic account of the notorious Five Points neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.  It was brought to life by Martin Scorsese’s 2002 movie of the same name.
Come join Brad as he talks about what life was really like in what was considered New York City’s first slum, through stories, the famous and infamous residents and visitors, and locations that still exist today.


Edward G Robinson from the movie Little Caeser

Jewish Gangsters?

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century witnessed a rise in organized crime in NYC. And as more Orthodox Jews settled in the Lower East Side, so did unscrupulous and vicious gangs of Jewish Gangsters!  Join Brad on a walking tour as we visit where these "Not So Nice Jewish Boys" lived and did their illicit business.



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Historic Synagogues of the Lower East Side

At the beginning of the last century, there were more than 500 synagogues throughout the streets of the Lower East Side. Very fes still exist in their original form, most are distant memories or have been altered to serve completely different functions.  Join Brad and explore the evolution of the Lower East Side through the fate of its synagogues


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