Insider Tours of NYC Neighborhoods

" of the most extraordinary experiences we possibly could have had..."
Dee Kramer MES, MSc, PhD; Toronto, Canada

New York City is heaven for tour enthusiasts. It offers a rich history and a multi-cultural present, excellent mass transit to reach far-flung neighborhoods, and walkable streets. With an expert guide and a few hours, you can travel back in time to the streets your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents walked as immigrants at the turn of the century. Or you can feel like you traveled to the other side of the globe. And of course, there's the New York food.

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Timeline Touring offers public and private tours of fascinating Jewish neighborhoods in New York City. We offer tours from the Lower East Side, to the Upper West Side and Harlem, to Brooklyn and beyond. We also provide specialized guided tours of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Call us to coordinate a complete New York experience.

Lower East Side

Brooklyn: Borough Park

Brooklyn: Flatbush - Middle Eastern Jewish communities

Brooklyn: Flatbush


Timeline Touring was founded by Jeffrey Altman, a life-long resident of New York's Jewish community. When Jeff was a young boy, his father would take him to the Lower East Side, where they would shop for bargains, grab a nosh, and Jeff's dad would meet folks from the old country.

As Jeff says, "I want people to be able to experience the amazing area that I live in and near. It is filled with history, yet it breathes and is always changing. In New York City, the Jewish people and their heritage are very much alive."

Timeline Touring offers public tours of the Lower East Side every Sunday, as well as customized private group tours.

For the Sunday public tours of Borough Park and the Lower East Side, click here.

To arrange a private tour please contact us.

What Our Tourgoers Have Said

"Jeff Altman did a wonderful job bringing the history of the Lower East Side and the immigrant experience to life. Tremendously knowledgable. Our children are 10 and 8 and they truly enjoyed the tour as well. Highly recommended."
guest on the Time and Again public tour

"This was a terrific way to spend an afternoon. Jeff is an incredible storehouse of knowledge. His stories and references allowed for a re-birth of my family's early experiences after emigrating from 'the old country,' including stories that my parents were never able to tell, although they experienced much of what we saw and heard about."
guest on the Time and Again public tour

"The confirmation class from our synagogue toured the Lower East Side and Borough Park with Jeff. Don't miss this! I was amazed to see how the students responded to the history they were learning, and the thoughtful questions they asked about what they were seeing in Borough Park. Jeff is a sensitive, helpful guide to these communities."
M. Morgan, Fort Worth, Texas

"For the past three years I have used Jeff Altman as my New York guide in Borough Park for my student trips from my Midwest Reform Jewish congregation. He engages the students with wonderful stories to highlight his deep knowledge of Orthodox Jewish life and living. This year we added a guided tour of Ellis Island to the itinerary. Jeff impressed me with his understanding of the history of Ellis Island. I look forward to returning to New York with my students each year and my time spent with Jeff Altman and Timeline Touring. He is a great guide."
Rabbi Jon Adland
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

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You don't have to be Jewish to love Jewish New York!


Time & Again:
New York City's
Lower East Side Tour

Experience the Jewish Lower East Side with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide. Our small group size allows for lively give and take with the guide.
Sunday afternoons
$27- Adults, $19- Children
Book online!

A Taste of
Jewish New York: Borough Park Tour

Explore Borough Park, Brooklyn on this walking tour. Includes matzoh bakery during baking season (mid-December through Passover).
Sunday mornings
$27- Adults, $19- Children
Book online!

Kids' Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side
The Lower East Side- geared especially for kids. Perfect for school groups or families. This tour is available on a privately booked basis.

classic Jewish food
Reviews of Our Tours

"What an amazing, wonderful, fabulous day you created for my father's 90th birthday bus tour through Borough Park. Everything was perfect- the tour, the restaurant, the bus driver, the bus, the stops at the old neighborhood, Erasmus, the candy shop- Everything!"
— Betsy Gold, Timeline Touring group tour customer

"My husband and I enjoyed this very much. We loved the bakery and the pickle shop — just wish we'd had room to carry more home! Our guide was very respectful of the places we visited, and answered our questions thoughtfully. We highly recommend this tour, and hope to take others in the future."
— guest, Time & Again tour

"This was a great tour of the Lower East Side. We are going back next weekend to the Tenement Museum. Jeff had a great deal of knowledge which made the tour even more interesting than it already was."
— guest, Time & Again tour

"I had high expectations from this tour, but I received much more than that. Jeffrey is a friendly, warm, patient person, and an informative, cultivated, fully satisfying guide. Highly recommended, and many thanks."
— guest, Time & Again tour

"Jeff did a wonderful job of describing the buildings and history that went along with them. He was open to questions and was very informative. We highly recommend this tour and guide."
— guest, Time & Again tour

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