Jewish Gangsters on the Lower East Side - a Walking Tour

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Jewish Gangsters on the Lower East Side - a Walking Tour

Use your imagination to evoke what once existed, as we view sites that were associated with Jewish Gangsters whose stories began on the LES.

By Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy

When and where

Date and time

Sunday, October 22 · 1 - 3:45pm EDT


Meet in front of the Ottendorfer Library 135 2nd Avenue St. Marks Pl and East 9th New York, NY 10003

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About this event

  • 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century witnessed a rise in organized crime in New York City. Pickpockets, extortionists, armed robbers, bootleggers, gamblers and contract killers were commonplace not only in the notorious Five Points neighborhood, but also in the growing Jewish ghetto of the Lower East Side. As more Orthodox Jews settled in the area, so did unscrupulous and vicious gangs of Jewish Gangsters! These not so nice Jewish boys who loved their mothers and grew up attending Synagogue, also poisoned horses, robbed and torched pushcarts, sold illegal whiskey and drugs and were some of the best hit men in organized crime.

Your guide, Bradley Shaw will shed light and fill you in on the Jews of this dark aspect of New York's past, including such notorious gangsters such as Arnold Rothstein, Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel, whose criminal activities extended to Atlantic City, Miami, Cuba and Las Vegas. All of their stories began on the Lower East Side of New York. We will examine where these leaders of the Jewish underworld began their nefarious activities. Along the way we will analyze questions of morality, power and assimilation.

Tickets are $30 for Adults, $28 for Seniors, and $25 for students. There is an additional $3 PP the day of the tour, pending availability. We tour RAIN OR SHINE, so please dress accordingly.

If the group is large enough, we will be using a free phone app that enables you to better hear the guide. Please bring your headphones/earbuds and make sure that your phone is fully charged.

About the organizer

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy is an educational and cultural organization representing many Lower East Side synagogues, schools, and cultural institutions. The Conservancy was created with two initial goals: to support, enhance and activate the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the Lower East Side’s distinct cultural identity. The Conservancy offers customized private tours and innovative public walking tours of the Jewish Lower East Side. Customized private tours for schools and other educational organizations, synagogue and church groups, and corporate and family groups can be arranged.