Big Apple Lansman Tours
“What Goes Around, Comes Around”

A Vintage, Consignment and Thrift Shop Tour
Bargain Hunting At It's Best
Offering Ladies And Men's Fashions. . . Chachkies Too!

The Tour Will Dazzle You With Bargain Hunting In Four Of The City's
Most Fabulous Thrift, Consignment And Vintage Shops

  • Retro Fashions for Men and Women
  • Antiques and Chachkies
  • High Fashion Designer Sportswear, Formal Wear,
    Suits, Handbags, Shoes, Leather Jackets and more. . .
  • Madison Square Park and History

Our shopping tour concludes at Madison Square Park, circa 1686, where you'll have an opportunity to relax and refresh. . . and of course brag about your wonderful buys! Your tour guide will provide an overview of the park's rich history.

$40 per person

For availability and reservations E-mail

Tour is approximately 3 hours

Bubi's Kitchen

What better way to learn the rich history of this immigrant enclave, than by the foods of our Grandmother's kitchen!

Tastings at family owned businesses passed down from generation to generation, some have opened as early as 1888. A taste at two of few remaining family owned eateries passed down from generation to generation, followed by a walking tour of the Lower East Side.


  • Lox and Bagel at Russ & Daughters 4th generation
  • Egg Cream and Knish at Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery

Walking Tour

Explore the rich history of the Lower East Side passing by and making a few stops. Your guide will provide both facts and oral histories along the way. For some it will be a walk down memory lane, and for all a good time!

  • The Eldridge Street Synagogue
  • The Essex Street Market
  • Moscot Opticians
  • The Greek Synagogue
  • Economy Candy: Candies from the 1940's - present
  • Orchard Street bargain district

Tasting at Russ & Daughters and Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery are not included in the price of the tour.

The Eldridge Street Synagogue offers Big Apple Lansman tour customers 50% discount off of the purchase price of admission (to be used later in the day or any future date).

$80 per person

Fact, Fiction and Fun

Explore New York on the Lower East Side yesterday and today. . .making stops at:

  • The Eldridge Street Synagogue 
  • The Greek Synagogue
  • The Essex Street Market
  • Moscot Opticians
  • Economy Candy: Candies from the 1940’s - Jerry’s motto: “If I don't have it, I can get it!”
  • Russ & Daughters, the best Nova in the US
  • Orchard Street bargain district.

$40 per person

The above tour is approximately 2 hours.

Harlem Today and Yesterday

Although world famous, the Apollo Theater is not the only representation of Harlem’s rich history. Leave it to Big Apple Lansman Tours to provide you with a first-hand look at Harlem - Yesterday and Today. Experience the beauty of Harlem with a look at it’s past and present.

We’ll make stops at:

  • Astor Row to discover 28 houses in a Bucolic setting, where front porch sitting is back, and gardening is a must!
  • Visit Mount Olivet with it’s surprise history.
  • The Apollo Theater, where in 1934 introduced the famous “Amateur Night”, still going strong today.
  • The Studio Art Museum (Sundays Only)
  • Pass by Sylvia’s Restaurant

The above tour is 1/2 day.

$40 per person

Lox Around The Clock

Explore the Lower East Side yesterday and today.

  • Morning tour of the Tenement Museum: see how your ancestors lived, worked and unionized to pave the way for generations to come.
  • Tenement Museum Store
  • Afternoon tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue /circa 1887 and lovingly restored in 2007.
  • Prosperity Dumplings /6 for $1.00. . .yum, yum (optional)
  • The Greek Synagogue
  • The Essex Street Market
  • Moscot Opticians 
  • Economy Candy: Candies from the 1940’s - Jerry’s motto: “If I don't have it, I can get it!”
  • Russ & Daughters, the best Nova in the US
  • Orchard Street bargain district. One can still haggle for a good buy.

Full day tour including entrance fees to the Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Tenement Museum: $175 for one individual; $79 per person for two or more individuals.

Half day tours can be arranged with a choice of either Eldridge Street Synagogue Tour: $100 for one individual; $55 per person for two or more individuals. . .

or Tenement Museum Tour: $100 for one individual; $72 for one individual; $72 per person for two or more individuals.

Where It All Began

  • Tour Castle Clinton
  • Board the ferry to Ellis Island and enjoy sweeping views of the skyline.
  • Private tour of Ellis Island, the restored immigration center, movie, wall of honor and research room.

Upon return from Ellis Island walking tour with stops at:

  • Visit the National Museum of the American Indian
  • Federal Hall
  • Pass by Saint Paul's Church /circa 1766. Continuously open and served as a 24 hour refuge for 911 recovery workers.
  • Visit the National Museum of the American Indian.

The above full day tour is $75 per person

Half day tour is $55 per person

The Best of Greenwich Village

  • Meet at Washington Square Park, thought of as “The Heart of the Village”. Discover the many incarnations of the park and history of the “Washington Square Arch” circa 1895.
  • The Brown Building, site of the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory fire.
  • The Row: Federal Mansions on the park, including Henry James’ grandmother’s home, designed by the architect of the Plaza Hotel.
  • MacDougal Street, home of the Hippie generation and Minetta Tavern
  • Bleecker Street . . .the Boulevard of Bohemia in the 1950’s.
  • Residence of Edna St. Vincent Millay 1873. Isaac’s Hendricks House, the oldest house in Greenwich Village.
  • Chumley's Speakeasy, catering to famous writers and artists such as John Steinbeck.
  • White Horse Tavern, once the watering hole of Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac and Dylan Thomas: Still very active today.
  • 100 Bedford Street: TV location of “Friend’s building”.
  • McNulty’s: The most comprehensive variety of specialty coffees and teas . . .Old world touch.

$75 per person (food and individual purchases not included

City Island Yesterday and Today

Can this be the Bronx? Perched on the Long Island Sound. . .this quaint town is where Cape Cod meets the Bronx.

If you didn't grow up on City Island you're known as a Mussel Sucker. If you did, you're a clam digger. So come be a Mussel Sucker for the day and enjoy this quaint New England Style Island.

We'll explore all the things that make City Island unique. We'll meander through tree-lined streets dotted with Cape Cod style homes and yes. . .with green grass lawns. A place where church bells still chime at 12 noon.

Tour Inclusions:

  • City Island Nautical Museum
  • The Pell House
  • Antique shops
  • Galleries
  • Lickety Split Ice Cream (for a treat)

For nature lovers, there is a diversity of wildlife, from Wild Turkeys, and Green Parrots. . .to Ducks, Blue Herons, and Mute Swans. And of course from almost every vantage point you'll see the Long Island Sound.

The tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

$40 per person

New York's Financial District Then And Now

From George Washington to the World Trade Center - come explore downtown NYC with Big Apple Lansman Tours

Tour Inclusions:

  • Visit to the 911 Memorial
  • Trinity Church
  • Federal Hall National Memorial
  • The Museum of American Finance
  • Wall Street
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • The Museum at Fraunces Tavern

$80 per person

“Tis The Season To Be Jolly”

  • Stroll Fifth Avenue with a stop at the windows of Lord & Taylor, where Santa’s workshop is bustling to get ready for the night before Christmas.
  • Be “beguiled” by the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Harry Winston, Cartier, Bergdorf Goodman and more.
  • Visit Rockefeller Center. . .the tree. . .the skaters. . .the angels. . .the lights.
  • Stimulate your senses with a stop and shop at Bryant Park’s Holiday Fair for unique hand crafted goodies for that special someone.
  • Walk into a picture postcard, with a visit to one of New York’s most beautiful settings at Christmas time. . .The Plaza Hotel; where the “Eloise fantasy becomes a reality".

1:30 pm - 4 pm

Mondays through Sundays beginning November 9, 2014 through December 28, 2014

$40 per person

Children under 6 years old free

Big Apple Lansman Tour programs are great for groups and individuals alike.

For an additional price we can include a meal for your group.
All tours are fully escorted by guides licensed by NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.

We have a passion for New York. . . Join us!

Tours start at $40 per person

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