Big Apple Lansman Tours Reviews
Superlatives Galore for our guide,Leslie Schatzer! We were a group of thirty five seniors who UNANIMOUSLY agree that this was THE BEST tour ever! The Apollo Theater,with a private tour given by Billy.... more »
The expert guide leading the tour was Leslie Schatzer who shared her storehouse of facts and stories about the diverse Jewish immigrants who settled on the lower east side of New York City. The tour..... more »
Our small group met Leslie, our guide, for a 2-hour tour that we booked through Groupon. It was fantastic. Leslie was so accommodating before our tour, when we nearly forgot the date since we'd reserved so far in advance. However, her helpful email in advance got us squared away. The tour itself was wonderful. It began at a meeting spot that doubled as a private home from the 1800s, where we saw the architecture that was as lovely as its owner. From there, we headed out on a walking tour of the beautiful island, seeing the different styles of houses as Leslie shared bits about the island's past and present. I highly recommend Leslie's tour, and can't wait to try another!
My wife and I went on the Fact, Fiction and Fun tour of the lower east side. We met Leslie in front of the Eldridge Street Synagogue in the Lower East Side. She greeted and was very friendly. As it turns out, we were the only people on this particular tour, as it was a Saturday and most of these tours occur on Sunday. She keeps you involved as she is always showing you something interesting and explaining facts about it. She is definitely engaged with the people in her tour. We did a good amount of walking and saw many things. She also explained how people lived during those times. One interesting fact was that apartments on the higher floors were less expensive than those on the lower floors, which is completely opposite today, where apartments on the higher floors are much more expensive. When explained that there was no running water and baths required that water be brought up to the apartment, which was a chore. Also, everyone generally shared the same water because they didn't want to schlep the water multiple times. We went into the Tenement Museum, which was interesting. We went into several restaurants and shops My favorite was Yonah Schimmels Knishs, where we bought about 10 of them. In retrospect this was a mistake because they weighed about 12 pounds and we had to carry them. The tour was about 2 hours or so. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Leslie was very engaging and made the tour move quickly. She is very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend any tours that she gives. We plan on going back to take another in the near future
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