Social Justice Tours

all are welcome!

All tours cost $10 per person, however, we want to continue making our tours accessible to all. If you would like to take a tour but don't have the financial means to do so, we still want to have you! Email info@socialjusticetours.com and we can work with you to ensure you are able to join us.

Alternatively, if you are someone with the financial means to pay for someone else, please consider donating!


 
 
 

SEPTEMBER–NOVEMBER 2018

Queer History of the Village

 

Start Date
September 8, 2018

Start Location
Washington Square Park

End Location
Christopher St & West St

Duration
3 hours

Distance
2 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

 

We are only offering private tours at this time.

Journey back to the queer '60s with someone who experienced it all first hand. Writer, storyteller and queer legend Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, sharing personal stories and stopping at important places and historical moments along the way. Learn more about the neighborhood through stories about historic lesbian bars, the Women’s House of D (Detention), homelessness in Washington Square park, the mafia's connection to local gay bars and much more.

Sites Covered
Washington Square
”House of D”
Stonewall Inn
8th Street
Christopher Street
West Side Piers

Themes Covered
Prison
Homelessness
Queer Bars & Queer Bar History
Police Harassment
The Three-Piece Rule

 

 
 
 

October–November 2018

Women’s History of the Village

 

Start Date
October 7, 2018

Start Location
Broadway & Bleecker St

End Location
6th Ave & 9th St

Duration
2 hours

Distance
1.5 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

Even before Greenwich Village became known as the center of American Bohemianism, extraordinary women have been making their mark here with art, activism and unconventional living. During its pre-WWI heyday the Village was a magnet for feminists, and it continued to be home to women artists and entrepreneurs throughout the 20th century while also cultivating a thriving lesbian and trans community. This tour explores sites associated with some of the many fascinating women in the neighborhood, some of whom have been largely forgotten but no less played a vital role in creating the legacy of feminism we continue today.

Sites Covered
Notable Residences
Pfaff's Beer Cellar
Nat. Academy of Design
Triangle Factory
Washington Square
The Original Whitney
Provincetown Playhouse
Liberal/Heterodoxy Clubs
Eve Addams Tea Room
Golden Swan
Cafe Society
Romany Marie's
Women's House of Detention

Themes Covered
Free Love
Queer Culture & Struggle
Birth Control
Women's Suffrage
Anti-Racism
Salons & Debate Clubs
Arts and Journalism
Union Organizing
Settlement Houses
Bars & Restaurants

 

 
 
 

June–November 2018

Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn

 

Start Date
June 9, 2018

Start Location
Jay St & Myrtle Ave

End Location
Barclays Center

Duration
2 hours

Distance
1.5 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

This tour will highlight the development that has recreated downtown Brooklyn as a result of the Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning of 2004. We will also go into political conversations around the use of the 421a subsidy to build new affordable housing and the use of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards in the construction of the Barclays Center.

Sites Covered
MetroTech Promenade
227 Abolitionist Place (Underground Railroad stop)
Myrtle Avalon Plaza
The Giovanni (formerly Associated Site)
City Point (formerly Albee Square Mall)
BAM Cultural District
Barclays Center & Atlantic Yards

 

 
 
 

June–November 2018

Environmental Justice in Gowanus

 

Start Date
June 9, 2018

Start Location
Union St & 4th Ave

End Location
Whole Foods Market (3rd Ave & 3rd St)

Duration
1.5 hours

Distance
1 mile

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

 

Gowanus is an intensely contaminated community that is simultaneously undergoing multiple processes of environmental remediation and gentrification. The tour will explore these dynamics and the challenges and opportunities posed by the Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean Up, the rapid disappearance of commercial establishments and services that are affordable to low and moderate-income households and the recently announced housing authority plan to build market-rate apartments at Wyckoff Gardens. You will also learn about the Turning the Tide initiative, a multi-neighborhood effort that focuses on building social and environmental resiliency in five Brooklyn public housing developments in the face of climate change.

Sites Covered
Union Street Bridge
Gowanus Houses NYCHA development
Gowanus CSO Pumping Station
Thomas Greene Park
Lightstone Waterfront Park
Whole Foods Market Waterfront

 

 
 
 

JUNE–NOVEMBER 2018

Trump Tour

 

Start Date
June 5, 2018

Start Location
W 53rd & 6th Ave

End Location
W 59th & 6th Ave

Duration
2 hours

Distance
1.5 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

 

We are only offering private tours at this time.

Within the midtown area we are able to get the full spectrum of the Trump story and his rise to power. The tour will focus on three main things. The first is looking into the man himself and his history. He is well connected with organized crime, illicit activity and corrupt dealings, and looking into his history in New York gives us a window into that. The second is how he, as a symbol for real estate at large, has massively changed New York’s built environment to cater to a billionaire class at the expense of working New Yorkers. The third, potentially most important, is looking at the systemic nature of Trump’s rise in New York. What Trump has done is about a lot more than the single individual, and by looking at the agencies, actors and government institutions that have supported his rise, we can come away with a larger societal understanding of justice in our country.

Sites Covered
Hilton Hotel
The St. Regis
Trump Tower
Bulgari
The Plaza Hotel
Trump Plaza
Wollman Rink
Trump Du Parc

Themes Covered
Background & Family History
NYC Real Estate History
Power & Privilege
Illicit Connections & Exploitation
Current State of Real Estate

 

 
 
 

May–November 2018

Vegan Food of the Lower East Side

 

Start Date
May 28, 2018

Start Location
162 E Broadway

End Location
172 Ludlow St

Duration
2-2.5 hours

Distance
1.5 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

We are only offering private tours at this time.

Designed to appeal to experienced veganistas and curious omnivores alike, this tour will take you through obvious and not so obvious sources of exceptional cruelty-free grub in this Manhattan Mecca (the Lower East Side) with time for tastings, information about the roots of veganism and the historical development of the neighborhood, and a brief discussion of related issues such as ethical consumerism, food justice and sustainability.

Participants can purchase sample goodies at establishments along the way, and will leave with information relevant to their interests such as coupons, shopping maps, and starter packets for aspiring vegans.

Food not included. Please bring extra cash if you would like to sample food along the way. Average sample cost tends to be $6-15 per person.

Sites Covered
Jajaja
The Pickle Guys
Dirt Candy
Orchard Grocer
MooShoes
Baby Cakes
Corner Grocer
TeaNY
Juice Press
Bareburger
Rawsome Treats
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Themes Covered
Food Justice
Neighborhood History
Sustainability
History of Veganism
Ethical Consumerism
Yummy Vegan Food!

 

 
 
 

JUNE–NOVEMBER 2018

People's History of Lower Manhattan

 

Start Date
June 3, 2018

Start Location
Bowling Green

End Location
African Burial Ground

Duration
2 hours

Distance
2 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

 

We are only offering private tours at this time.

Lower Manhattan is the foundation of western society in New York. Yet, the vast majority of New York history is non western. We start the tour with an overview of Indigenous history in NYC. We then move on to walk through slave history of New York, checking out a former slave market, the burial ground, and a stop on the underground railroad. We then move on to discuss wall street corruption, with a particular emphasis on what happened in the 2008 financial crisis.

Sites Covered
Bowling Green
Fearless Girl
Former Slave Market
Wall Steet
70 Pine Street
Zuccotti Park
World Trade Center
Former Site of the Cordoba House
Brooklyn Bridge
Municipal Building
African Burial Ground

Themes Covered
Indigenous History of NYC
Slave History of NYC
2008 Collapse
Occupy Wall Street
Islamophobia

 

 
 
 

JUNE–NOVEMBER 2018

Gentrification in Williamsburg

 

Start Date
June 3, 2018

Start Location
N 7th & Bedford Ave

End Location
N 6th & Kent Ave

Duration
2 hours

Distance
2 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

Book a Private Tour

 

We are only offering private tours at this time.

This two hour long tour of Williamsburg highlights two main themes: Gentrification and Environmental Justice. Williamsburg offers an extreme example of both of these broader themes, and thus makes a very interesting case-study neighborhood in which to delve into these issues. The roots of gentrification and the detailed history of the cause of such rapid change will be covered in depth. This tour gives participants detailed information that will enable them to understand the topic of gentrification, why it is happening, its history, who benefits, and what is driving it. The same is true of the backstory of the environmental justice movement in the area.

Sites Covered
Roebling Oil Field
Bedford Avenue
McCarren Park & Pool
Bushwick Inlet Park
Radiac Corp.
The Edge Development
Domino Sugar Factory

Themes Covered
Redlining
Neoliberalism
Displacement
Affordable Housing
Gentrification
Environmental Justice
Organizing & Resistance

 

 
 

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