I thought I was really familiar with the LES; my grandma grew up there, I know where to get the most authentic pickles and knishes, and I've been on a few history tours in the area. As soon as we started the Gotham Sidewalks tour I realized I was going to learn a lot, and have fun at the same time.
The leader was charming and knowledgeable:
*He set up a comfortable conversation style right away and made everyone feel welcome.
*I was impressed with the obvious research he had done and the fact that he brought additional photos and books to provide context for what we were exploring.
*I also appreciated that the leader made the tour engaging - he played music a few times along the way, introduced us to owners of galleries and shops, and made connections with the participants' interests.
*He managed a group really well, the pace was comfortable for all and we had a large age range, and he found opportunities for us to get food and use restrooms.
As someone who does not know much about graffiti or street art, I left the tour surprised at how interested I became (I've watched a few documentaries since that the guide recommended) and am now planning to revisit some of the gallery spots he recommended as well with friends so I can show off.
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