It's important to wear leather boots with shorts when you are on any kind of adventure.
I wanted to start my travels on the right foot, and I figured I could use a little guidance. My original plan was actually to spend the day at the Historical Society on the Upper West Side doing research and THEN decide where I wanted to go first, but this was on a Monday (one of my days off) and the Historical Society is closed on Mondays, much to my dismay. A coworker had previously recommended the Tenement Museum on Orchard St and I knew that they do historically guided walking tours of the Lower East Side itself, and that sounded perfect. I selected a tour called "Then and Now" at 12:30 PM on Monday, August 12th.