Scavenger Hunts in The East Village

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The Secrets of the East Village Scavenger Hunt

Recommended by the New York Times and Time Out New York!

From poets and punks to pols and proles, the East Village has been home to every kind of New Yorker—and they’ve all left behind their imprint. On this team-building quest, you’ll search for, and answer tricky questions about, the homes and hangouts of Andy Warhol, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Charlie Parker, Washington Irving, the Velvet Underground, Abraham Lincoln, Lenny Bruce, Peter Stuyvesant, Iggy Pop, W.H. Auden, Joey Ramone, Madonna, and even Leon Trotsky and Dom DeLuise.

Your team might search for secrets about…

  • The wild stores and historic buildings on St. Mark’s Place
  • St. Mark’s Church, one of the oldest churches in Manhattan, which served as the final resting place for the rich and famous of the 19th century
  • The tenement that posed for the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti
  • Indian Restaurant Row—most of which is owned by people from Bangladesh
  • The places where Madonna, Nirvana, Butch Cassidy, Lenny Bruce, Charlie Parker, Washington Irving, Iggy Pop, W.H. Auden, William Burroughs, Leon Trotsky, and other artists lived—or lived it up
  • The Merchant’s House, frozen in the late 1890s and which, according to legend, is haunted
  • A mini Ukrainian community
  • The remains of the late, great Fillmore East, where Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Allman Brothers Band, and other acts gave legendary performances
  • A church and a monument associated with the General Slocum disaster
  • The hall where Abraham Lincoln gave the speech that launched him toward the White House

Few Manhattan neighborhoods have as much variety—but you have to know where to look. 

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