From here, we stroll towards the neighborhood's premiere church, Our Lady of Pompeii – founded in 1892 as a national parish to serve Italian-American immigrants who settled in Greenwich Village. Over time it became the American equal to Italy's own Our Lady of Pompeii. Next, we stroll down MacDougal Street, lingering in front of several famous bars and pubs – often frequented by celebrities Bob Dylan in their hey-days.
During our time together we'll encounter The Church of St Anthony of Padua, America’s earliest extant Catholic church, and several key monuments dedicated to the Italian American immigrants who built up the neighborhood together. As our tour concludes, we'll visit several other key restaurants and cafes which have each played a critical role in adapting and preserving classic cuisines which are foundational to the Italian-American heritage.
Can I learn more about Italian Food before my tour?
Yes! Context is proud to offer several Italian-themed cooking classes. For additional details, click here.
Dave Cook is a New York-based photojournalist. Since 2005 his website Eating In Translation has explored lesser-known food in the five boroughs of the city and, occasionally, farther afield. Dave's work has also appeared in The Art of Eating; Culinary Backstreets; The New York Times; Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City; and many other publications.
Francesco was born in Sicily and grew up in New York. He graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture and worked professionally in that field for his entire career. When he retired, Frank started leading tours of his city as a way to share New York with visitors from all over the world. When leading tours of the history, architecture and food scene of NYC, Frank is introducing visitors, or new friends, to this intriguing city, revealing its hidden and sometimes forgotten past, in order to better understand its present. A true “Cicerone”, storytelling is at the center of Frank’s tours and he introduces visitors to the characters from New York’s rich history, from his Sicilian grandmother to Emily Roebling, a little know contributor to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Frank’s passion for all things New York shines through on his tours all over Manhattan.
Kendra Dawsey brings her years of experience in both teaching and performance to help create an immersive and engaging tour for you! Kendra received a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race and Migration at Yale in 2014 and then spent the next few years teaching gardening, nutrition, and culinary history to grades K-12. Also, Kendra leads tours in some of New York's most beloved sites like Radio City Music Hall and Central Park. Kendra's academic background and diverse experiences give her the ability to contextualize the history and diversity of New York in a way that is accessible to visitors. Kendra has family roots in New York City and was born just an hour away, allowing for frequently trips to see family and friends. These visits helped her to develop a map and history of the city that never sleeps at a young age. Kendra's love of New York shines through all of her anecdotes and tales about the city. She also is a professional performer and will ensure that you are both educated and entertained.
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