Girlies, ghosts and ghetto rhymes: We review five of the season's best walking tours.
Thu Apr 2 2009
Photographs: Kathryn O'Shields
2. East Village Pub Crawl
The gist: This three-hour tour focuses on pubs and the icons (especially authors) who drank in them. Stops include Pete's Tavern, where O. Henry wrote "The Gift of the Magi" and McSorley's Ale House, which E.E. Cummings immortalized in verse; and the Old Town Bar, once frequented by Teddy Roosevelt.
Who goes: History Channel buffs, bookworms and beer aficionados
High: We liked the wishbone collection hanging from a light at McSorley's. Legend has it these dust-caked wishbones were placed there in 1917 by doughboys headed off to WWI. The soldiers vowed to break them when they returned.
Low: The crowded taverns are filled with locals who don't take kindly to loud, pointing dorks with cameras.
Before you go: Stop by Sing Sing (81 Ave A between 5th and 6th Sts; 212-674-0700, karaokesingsing.com) to belt out some tunes. Cue up the Ramones; you're in their 'hood, after all. Cap off the evening with a snack from Pommes Frites (123 Second Ave between 6th and 7th Sts, 212-674-1234); the tiny shop shills piping-hot, Belgian-style, hand-cut fries with a plethora of dipping sauces.
Book it! Sun--Tue at 5:30pm, $50 (includes three drinks). Call 917-655-0906 or visit unclesamsnewyork.com to register.
If you like that, try this: The Bakerloo Theatre Project's Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl (bakerloo.org/pubcrawl), which also celebrates the connection between New York's creatives and booze.—Kathryn O'Shields