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Find Out Just How Bacteria-Infested Houston Street Is During This Weekend of Walking Tours

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Remember that scientist whose lab found 637 known species of bacteria in NYC’s subways? Well, that guy, geneticist Chris Mason, will be strolling around the Lower East Side Sunday spouting what will surely be the most fascinating/gag-inducing spiel one is likely to hear on a walking tour. Not into viruses and fungi? That’s okay — “The Artist and the Scientist: Microbial Maps” is just one of more than 200-plus free walking tours hitting the street this weekend as part of Jane’s Walk.
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Tour the LES Circa 1946, Where ‘Panties and Pickles Live Side By Side’

The Lower East Side has long been a place “where panties and pickles live side by side.” Or so says the narrator of ”Around the World in New York,” a circa 1946 documentary exploring the lives of immigrants and ethnic communities in NYC.
In the above clip, recently uploaded to YouTube, the LES is described as “a new-world version of the old-world bazaar,” where “bargaining between merchant and customer still remains an art.” It just so happens that on September 28, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum will debut a walking tour, “Storefront Stories,” dedicated to just the kind of commerce you see here.

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