I am starting a new strand since the one before really went off topic--not about Hyde Park!
As far as I know, the Hoboken Terminal used today IS the Erie Lackawanna Terminal, or part of it. Here are some links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoboken_Terminal http://forgotten-ny.com/2016/09/lackawanna-terminal-hoboken-nj/ As noted in the other strand, you can access it by PATH train or ferries. (NJ Transit also goes here but from Manhattan you'd use PATH if taking a train.) You could go over on a PATH train, take a little walk of Hoboken (there are some interesting older buildings and Hispanic restaurants there you might try), and come back by ferry. If possible, take a ferry that goes not merely to the West Side of Manhattan (a very short ride) but to the Wall Street dock on the East Side--much nicer ride/views of the harbor. I think the ferry company is called NY Waterway but I'm not sure.
You should be able to find self-guided walks of Hoboken on line; I think the area with the older buildings is called South Hoboken, and that is what the ferry stop is called. Here is one link: https://www.hobokenmuseum.org/unused_content/hoboken-walking-tour-map/ Hoboken is also the home of Frank Sinatra but I am not sure that is in the same area and I've never investigated that. (Louis Armstrong, mentioned in the other strand, is a favorite; Frank Sinatra doesn't interest me so much.)
PATH trains leave from several places on the west side of Manhattan, including 6th and W34th St. I believe they cost the same as a subway fare and you can use a Metro card, but I forget.
Re Tenement Museum (from other strand): One IMO very interesting building in the Lower East Side/Chinatown area is the Eldridge Street Synagogue, which is a working synagogue but also a small museum--you ring a bell to go in (avoid Saturdays and Jewish holidays unless you want to go to services). Unusually ornate and unusual look for a synagogue. Note that this is not too far from City Hall and the Tweed Court Building, if you are going there.
Another thing people do is walk across the Brooklyn Bridge--nice but fumey. You can walk over and take a ferry back.
We have walked past the Eldridge Street synagogue but I was not aware it could be visited. My wife went to school with a girl who subsequently married a Jew, so we do have some background.
Brooklyn Bridge we have enjoyed, and the immediately surrounding area, including the street where W H Auden lived. I am going to have to coordinate ferry, Path and subway routes. I was unaware of how many ferry connections there were. Thanks very much for that. As we have two weeks we can probably avoid the subway at the weekends. Three years ago we found the timetable alterations on Saturdays and Sundays very confusing, as did the locals we asked for help! I have also found your several links very useful.
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The Lower East Side was a scene of massive Jewish immigration, and the biggest employment was as garment workers, so since you took the tenement tours you mention, esp that one with the garment center, you have even more background than you think!
There is also a Jewish graveyard in Chinatown, by Chatham Square--I believe the oldest in the city (there was an older one that does not survive): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Shearith_Israel_Graveyard You'll notice in the Wikipedia article that the surnames sound Spanish or Portuguese--that's because the early Jews in NYC and most elsewhere in the New World were Sephardic (escaping the Inquisition, often to Holland first).
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