BGX Walks bring you into a reconstructed New Netherland, British New York, and the first century of New York City as a United States City. Participants witness the impact of the African Diaspora on the making of New York City through real people whose images have been erased. Insight and empathy allow emotional connections to these character-based stories that stay with you after the experience ends. To book, please contact blackgotham@kamaustudios.com.

These walks are available primarily as private groups and secondarily as limited public experiences. Our public BGX Walks are organized in Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons which include special events such as open studios, talks, and exhibitions. The next season is BGX Spring 2022.

 


Other Side of Wall Street (1609-1664)

Length: 90 minutes

Time Period: 1609 to 1664

Black Gotham Experience | Core Stories

  1. Other Side of Wall Street
  2. Sarah’s Fire
  3. Caesar’s Rebellion
  4. Citizen Hope
  5. State of Mirrors

The first of five in the core stories of the Black Gotham Experience starts in 1643 with the beginning of a small town known as Land of the Blacks right outside the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. By 1655, the Land of the Blacks was over twice the size of SoHo today and it continued to exist after the English take the island from the Dutch, making it the first free Black community in New York. This walking tour explains how this community started and how it continued to exist into the 18th century. Other Side of Wall Street concludes on the first day of British New York in September 1664.

Tours meet under the Arch in Washington Square Park in the West Village. Please arrive by 7:15 pm so we can begin promptly.

Train Access: A, C, E, B, D, F , M to West 4th