Crime in NYC: A History of Vice and Murder Walking Tour

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Taught by New York Local Tours

New York Local Tours, created by Alex Delare and Jonathan Anderson, is dedicated to using storytelling to bring history to life. The two created their historical walking tour company because of their mutual passion for New York City. Both guides have New York educational backgrounds from their time working in historical institutions teaching students K-12. They come from an acting background, so a tour with New York Local Tours will feel improvisational, fun and thought-provoking.


Exploring a neighborhood with New York Local Tours isn't a boring two-hour lecture; it will feel like an exciting give and take. The ideas and questions that are posed by visitors are what helps to make every tour unique. Groups are kept small so that each tour feels special to their guests. Come walk with New York Local Tours and soon, whether you’re a native New Yorker or not, you will be calling yourself a local, too.


Alex Delare:


Alex grew up the daughter of a diplomat who was always moving from one country to another but found her home in Brooklyn. Alex has been living in NYC for eleven years now, and found that the city has fueled her passion for history and storytelling. Alex decided to start her own business with her husband, Jonathan, out of their mutual love for the city and sharing its stories together.


Alex is a Certified NYC Sightseeing Guide and is currently pursuing a Masters of History at Brooklyn College. When she is not running the History Couple, you can find her at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum where she works as an Education Specialist, specializing in School & Family Programming. Her work entails creating inventive and meaningful tours and activities for school groups and families who visit the Museum. It is also her responsibility to manage and train the Museum’s ambassadors and volunteers on how to teach sensitive content. Before working at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Alex was employed at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum as a Senior Educator/Costumed Interpreter.


Jonathan Anderson:


Jonathan is a native of Bar Harbor, which is located on an island off the coast of Maine. He had never imagined that New York would ever be a place he would live, but the stars aligned, and now here he is, loving every minute of it. Jonathan has been living in Brooklyn for six years now and found that his love for history blossomed when he moved here. Jonathan decided to start his own walking tour business with his wife, Alex, out of their shared love for New York and its incredible history.


Jonathan is a Certified NYC Sightseeing Guide and is currently pursuing a Masters of History at Brooklyn College. When not giving tours for their business, he is the Manager of Education & Family Programming at the South Street Seaport Museum. His work includes creating new programming for school groups K-12, developing events for families while also facilitating and managing the training of new Educators. Before the South Street Seaport Museum, Jonathan worked at a Senior Educator at the New-York Historical Society and the New York Transit Museum as a Costumed Interpreter.

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Corrupt politicians. Crooked cops. Gangsters so terrifying that they’re known only as “Murder, Incorporated.” These are the men and women that have made New York City’s underworld the stuff of legend. But there is so much more to this legend than you’ve ever heard. Why is it that New York had such a violent past? What drove these people to a life of crime? This is the story of a broken and corrupt system and the clever individuals smart enough to exploit it.

On this walking tour, we’ll explore Lower Manhattan where we’ll discuss the evolution of orphan street gangs into the mafia, con men and bank robbers so rich they rubbed elbows with the Vanderbilts, gun fights that would make the Wild West blush and the politicians that encouraged it. We’ll visit the old Five Points District, Chinatown, the Bowery and of course the Lower East Side. Let us show you how New York’s crime history began.

This walk meets at the corner of Chambers and Centre Streets in Manhattan. A reminder will be sent the day before the walk with exact instructions.

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