The Bootscrape

is creating Community of Lovers of NYC Literature & Historical Preservation

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Passport to NYC Literature Tier
per month
Have access to join us for a one hour long, once a month, live Virtual Literary Tour with our guides via Zoom!

Each month you will see the virtual debut of a themed literary tour before it is opened to the general public or any of our partner organizations. Tours will last 45 minutes or so, with a presentation live via Zoom, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Tours usually include two or three guides, and discuss the history, architecture, and life of the neighborhood, bars, & writers featured. All of our tours are fact checked, and constantly evolving as new research emerges or with new first person accounts. Many stories will have differing versions, and we will share all of the alleged versions with you for you to decide where the truth lies!

Upcoming tours may include our Times Square Tour or Brooklyn Tour held virtually for the first time, or newly developed author/subject specific themed tours! Throughout the year, we will virtually "explore" different NYC neighborhoods, eras, and writing genres.
  • Patron-only Monthly Virtual Literary Tour
  • Early access to content
  • General Support of preserving The Bootscrape & NYC history and culture
  • Early ticket access to new initiatives
Bootscrape Book Babble Tier
per month
Join us at 7pm, the third Tuesday (give or take) of every month, via Zoom, for our exclusive Patron-only Bootscrape Book Babble.

Guides Eric, Justin, & Danielle, along with occasional special guests & other featured guides, will discuss a suggested reading by one of the authors featured on our Literary Tours. You are welcome to join even if you haven't read the book!

Our first Book Babble is on Tuesday, September 22 from 7-8pm EST. Suggested reading is Dawn Powell's Wicked Pavilion.

Benefits of this tier include all benefits of the lower levels, inclusive of our Patron-only Monthly Virtual Literary Tour.
  • Patron-only Monthly Virtual Bootscrape Book Babble
  • Patron-only Monthly Virtual Literary Tour
  • Early access to content
  • General Support of preserving The Bootscrape & NYC history and culture
  • Early ticket access to new initiatives




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Over 22 years and still crawling!
We are one of the oldest continuously operating walking tours in the Village --
Help us keep it that way!

Begun in April of 1998 as the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl, we've been going strong by bringing a passion for history, literature, and drinking. Since then we've expanded into other neighborhoods, and have continued to enrich and inspire patrons from around the world. Hear the stories, poems, and prose that make New York City the epicenter of American Literature.

Due to the COVID pandemic, in-person tours have been postponed for now (also so we can finish our novels). Even though alcohol is a sanitizer, we support both the audience & our guides to feel healthy and safe.

BUT we've pivoted to the virtual space by developing and leading four brand new tours in the last three months via ZOOM and they have been a rousing success!

Support us with monthly patronage in our efforts to keep our brand alive and to create a global community of lovers of NYC literature, historical preservation, and pub crawls. You will have access to our new Zoom tours, our newly launched monthly Bootscrape Book Babble, and will directly fund the development of new tours, podcasts, blogs, and other content we have in the pipeline!

More importantly, we have become aware of the great need for digital educational & enrichment opportunities for children as schools have shifted to virtual learning, and are currently creating digital learning experiences for students. The Bootscrape is working hard to develop interactive NYC based literature & historical digital seminars. Your support will help us launch this goal.

You can further support us by raising a branded glass available for purchase here and by tipping our tour guides here.

Become a member of The Bootscrape and join our community!

Eric & Justin
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