Join us in person for a walking tour of Lower Manhattan, where we will learn how Jews of many backgrounds converged in New York and forged a uniquely American Judaism. The first Jewish immigrants who arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654 were part of a mercantile community that stretched across the Atlantic world. We will begin in Battery Park, where we will consider what these maritime links can tell us about freedom and slavery; religion and commerce; poetry and politics. As we make our way through Lower Manhattan, we’ll trace the Jewish experience in Colonial and post-Revolutionary New York, viewing familiar landmarks such as Castle Clinton, Bowling Green, Federal Hall, and the Stock Exchange through a Jewish lens. Along the way, our guide Lucie Levine will introduce us to a cast of characters that includes politicians, artisans, and female entrepeneurs.

Lucie Levine is a writer, historian, and New York City tour guide. She founded the historical tour and event company Archive on Parade, and has offered tours and lectures on New York City history in collaboration with organizations such as The New School, The American Institute of Architects, and The New York Public Library. She is also a Public Space Programming Partner for the New York City Department of Transportation, and the Public Programs Consultant at FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. She has published widely on New York City history at outlets including The Gotham Center for New York City History Blog, JSTOR Daily, and 6sqft, where she was the Contributing History Writer.