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The Ethnic Apple

Summary

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New York: is it a "melting pot" where cultures meld? Or a "salad bowl" where different cultures maintain their own customs? Or both? On this tour, you’ll find out!

Recreational
1 day
$ 108.-
    Hassidic Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn Lunch in a local Polish restaurant (food cost not included) Williamsburg, Brooklyn Greenpoint, Brooklyn Queensboro Bridge Williamsburg Bridge Gantry State Park (Queens) Lower East Side

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Details

Type
Recreational
Duration
1 day
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
0-20 km / 0-12 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
n.a.
Bicycle
Included
Dates
01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2019
Every Friday on 10AM and 5PM.
Start
New York
Finish
New York
Airport at start
All New York Airports
Airport at finish
All New York Airports

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 108.-

Itinerary

Fittingly, this tour begins in Queens, one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world. At this borough’s Gantry State Park, we see restored "gantries" and learn about their critical role in the city's commerce in the first part of the 20th century. The view across the East River, directly opposite the United Nations and what was the world's tallest apartment building, provides an unforgettable photo opportunity.
In Brooklyn, we encounter the most dramatic example of New York’s ethnic mosaic—Williamsburg—where a centuries-old culture lives on within the orthodox Jewish community, and where, on a Friday afternoon, everything is bustling in preparation for the Sabbath. We’ll see how this culture has adapted, on its own terms, to the broader American society. You will find it hard to believe that you are in New York City in the 21st century!
In Greenpoint, another great Brooklyn neighborhood, we’ll discover a vibrant Polish community that honors its roots with native cuisine and language. Here you’ll see how New Yorkers live outside the frantic pace and congestion of Manhattan. We’ll also visit the Lower East Side of Manhattan, an area generations of immigrants have called home. Here, early and recent arrivals from Europe, Latin America, and China intermingle with assimilated New Yorkers.
As we complete this tour, we pass directly in front of the United Nations. What better place than this to reflect on the unique urban mosaic that makes the Big Apple such a fascinating place to explore!

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