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Overview

Discover the three genres of music that helped form rock culture in New York City’s East Village on this guided rock walk tour. Rock, punk, and glam helped introduce new music, rock ’n’ roll fashion, and a way of life to the world. See where bands like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, the Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and others wrote music and played gigs. Soak up the rich musical history and get to know the East Village rock scene on the Original Rock ’n’ Roll Walking Tour.
  • See the sites where famous musicians played, lived and hung out
  • CBGB and former apartments of Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, and Madonna
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Insider tips on the best places to eat, drink, and shop in NYC
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2-hour walking tour
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
115 E 9th St , 115 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

The meeting spot is the SW corner of East 9th Street and 3rd which is across the street from 115 East 9th. Meet at the corner of Shake Shack Burgers

315 Bowery , 315 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, USA
New York City’s original rock ’n’ roll walking tour begins in the historic East Village neighborhood, home of names like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, CBGB's, Andy Warhol, the Velvet Underground, the Fillmore East, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and many more.

Find out where the musicians played gigs, where they lived, even where they shopped and shot album covers. Many of the landmarks on this rock walk have changed, but the memories continue to inspire bands of varied genres to this day. Explore the neighborhood’s rock history, focusing on the sites and the artists.

Check out CBGB, the legendary birthplace of New York City’s rock, punk and folk music scenes. See where Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, and Madonna lived. Visit the St. Mark’s Hotel and Trash and Vaudeville, an iconic shop for punk rock apparel. Find out why the Velvet Underground is recognized as one of the most important and influential bands of its era.

Embrace the rich musical history of this historic Lower East Side neighborhood and get ready to celebrate more than 40 years of rock and roll culture.

An additional Greenwich Village Rock Tour takes a look at the people and places that put “the Village” on the musical map — Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, the Animals, Bottom Line, Gerde’s Folk City, Bitter End, Woody Guthrie, Cafe Wha, Scrap Bar, Gas Light and plenty more.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
East Village
For East Village Tour meet at the SW Corner of East 9th street and 3rd Avenue 10 minutes before start of tour.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as there is a moderate amount of walking on this tour
  • Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted. Please keep in mind that the area can be congested with traffic, so smaller strollers are recommended, if possible
  • Tour is run rain or shine. In the unlikely event that the tour is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be given the opportunity to reschedule your tour
  • Please advise phone number upon booking in the event of changes to the tour
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • EAST VILLAGE TOUR meets at the SW CORNER of East 9th Street and 3rd Avenue at Shake Shack
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rock Junket
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-3
Not a great guide
Suzanne_M
, Jun 2022
So-so. The guide wasn’t very engaging and was negative on the area. A good guide can make a tour, this guide wasn’t good.
star-5
Excellent tour
Amanda_P
, Apr 2022
Bobby was a great guide - really enjoyed the tour and seeing the music landmarks. Fascinating area to visit.
star-5
Rock History
Bernice_W
, Apr 2022
Loved seeing this part of the city and the history therein. Bobby knew so much and shared interesting stories.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Denise_T
, Jan 2022
Really interesting tour, Bobby knows so much about everything that happened in the area. Thank you 😊
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best music tour of NYC
Dena_R
, Oct 2021
The experience was absolutely awesome! Our tour guide, Bobby Pin, showed us all kinds of treasurable and unique spots known to musical artists and icons I never would have noticed or picked up just walking through NYC. His knowledge was exceptional and I highly recommend any music fanatic to take this tour, you will not regret it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Tour
Nadya_M
, Sep 2021
Thanks for the great tour Bobby! We enjoyed the wealth of information you shared about rock and punk history in New York! A memorable tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect !!’
Collin_M
, Jul 2021
Great guide / great info . Great to see the city sights with someone From the music business - !!! 5 stars will recommend for sure . Music guy from Los Angeles .
star-4
Good insight into old New York
Lisa_W
, Aug 2019
Good tour taking in sites linked to Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, Charlie Parker, Iggy Pop and The New York Dolls.
star-5
A must-do in NYC!
Marisa_T
, Nov 2018
My boyfriend is a huge music fan and this was the perfect birthday present! The tour guide, Bobby Pin, is so knowledgeable and presents his extensive facts and information in such a fun way! As a native New Yorker, it was such an amazing experience in my own backyard! Highly, highly recommend!
star-5
This was a really great tour by a...
John
, Nov 2017
This was a really great tour by a cool guide who really knew his music. Thoroughly recommended.
star-5
Absolutely brilliant! Highlight of...
Jacqueline B
, Oct 2017
Absolutely brilliant! Highlight of our NYC trip. This tour was informative, entertaining and a really nice walk through the East Village and through time. A must if you are a music fan and particularly a fan of 70s NY punk. The tour guide was easy to find and a really nice guy. Very knowledgeable. I'd be happy to recommend it to anyone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommend this tour. Bobby...
WilliamH_C
, Sep 2017
Highly recommend this tour. Bobby Pinn was our guide and he was exceptional. You can see the various sights on your own, but with Bobby as the guide you get the historical perspective and great stories also recommend purchasing Bobby's book which is for sale at the end of the tour. This tour covers it all, Rock, Jazz, Glam and Punk. East Village is also a great place to hang out after the tour. A great overall experience.
star-5
Larry, our guide, was so...
Cecilia P
, Aug 2017
Larry, our guide, was so knowledgable. He gave an in depth music tour, he is a great source of information. Another added benefit of the tour is that you really get to know an area of New York city that is beautiful. I saw streets I would have never seen on my own. Great time!!!!
star-5
A fun and informative way to see...
Bruce K
, Aug 2017
A fun and informative way to see many of New York's rock n roll landmarks that are hiding in plain sight. Especially enjoyed seeing the old Fillmore East as well as the building used for Physical Graffiti and Waiting on a Friend.
star-5
Highly recommend the Rock 'n' Roll...
Colin M
, Dec 2016
Highly recommend the Rock 'n' Roll walking tour,of the East Village,Bobby Pinn was very knowledgable taking us to some iconic sites with some great stories.
star-5
Fantastic! Many thanks to Larry who...
Christopher G
, Oct 2016
Fantastic! Many thanks to Larry who really brought the Village to life and gave the three of us an unforgettable experience. Fans of Bob Dylan in particular will enjoy this tour as Larry's knowledge is encyclopedic and he is a gifted raconteur as you weave through the streets of Greenwich. Standing right where the cover photo for Freewheeling was shot will stay with me for a long time! If you have a couple of hours to spend on a Sunday morning and you enjoy the music of the 60s this is a tour you should certainly consider. Recommended!
star-5
Wow! I took the West Village Rock...
Eileen M
, Sep 2016
Wow! I took the West Village Rock 'n' Roll Walking Tour with Larry as our guide on 9/11/16 and would strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the history of music in the West Village to take this tour. Much of the tour focussed on His Royal Bobness Bob Dylan as we were shown various legendary sights from the 50's and 60's. I lived in the West Village myself in the late 60's but still learned a bunch from Larry's deep knowledge of Dylan as well as other musicians that haunt this great area of NYC. Full disclosure: Larry showed up in his Bruce Springsteen t-shirt, and, the big Bruce fan that I am, the vibe was excellent from the start and the tour itself continued on this upbeat note. Wear comfortable shoes and expect to be on your feet for the full 2 hours. You will not be disappointed.
star-5
Trip with Bobby Pinn added color to...
michael_a
, Sep 2016
Trip with Bobby Pinn added color to the already colorful East Village - perfectly suited to those with a layman's knowledge of Rock 'n' Roll like myself as well those who are the steeped in its history - 2 hours well spent!
star-4
Good tour. Better if 60s and 70s...
Karen_A
, Jul 2016
Good tour. Better if 60s and 70s American music is your thing. Interesting and good way to see the quirks of the east side.
star-5
We took the Sunday Greenwich...
Dave K
, May 2016
We took the Sunday Greenwich Village tour. It was the best part of our trip to New York. Pittsburgh Larry is a great tour guide and provided us with lots of information/. I am recommending this tour to all my family and friends when they go to NYC

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