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Brooklyn Walking Tour

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Key Highlights

  • This tour is offered by Context Walks. Context are committed to giving their guests a deeper understanding of the cities that they visit. All their tour groups have limited numbers and are led by a local academic expert.
  • In addition Context Walks are committed to the principals of sustainable tourism and part of their profits go to maintaining New York’s cultural heritage.
  • An Urban Historian will lead you around the main neighborhoods and sites of this diverse borough
  • Choose between a private tour or a small group tour which operates with a maximum of 6 people
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Group tour: Thursday & Saturday
    Private tour: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

    Duration

    3 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 10:00am
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from in front of Starbucks Coffee located at 38 Park Row #4, just two blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge (in Manhattan), which is accessible by the 4,5,6 (Brooklyn Bridge stop) and the 2,3 (Park Place stop) subway lines. In the event of rain, we'll meet inside Starbucks.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends in Boerum Hill

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Do what most visitors to New York never do – leave Manhattan and take a Brooklyn tour!

    Discover Brooklyn in the best way possible – walking! During this three-hour Brooklyn Walking tour you will visit the major neighborhoods, learn about its social and economic history, the architecture, and the dynamic cultural make-up of New York City's most fascinating borough.

    Led by an urban historian, this walk is geared to those who want to move beyond Manhattan to learn more about the various faces of the city. Located across the narrow East River from Manhattan, Brooklyn has always existed as a world apart. An independent city until 1898, Brooklyn is the largest of New York's five boroughs. It is at once an intensely historic place, with some of the city's oldest brownstone apartment buildings and such world-famous monuments as the Brooklyn Bridge, and an essentially current, dynamic part of the contemporary city.

    Available in private and small group (max 6 people) tour options, choose what suits you best and discover Brooklyn’s charms.

    Itinerary

    Meet your guide for the Brooklyn Walking Tour in front of Starbucks Coffee located at 38 Park Row #4, just two blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge (in Manhattan), which is accessible by the 4,5,6 (Brooklyn Bridge stop) and the 2,3 (Park Place stop) subway lines. In the event of rain, we'll meet inside Starbucks.

    You will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking tour guide on this tour.

    During your three-hour walking tour, your guide will focus on the development of Brooklyn Heights—the historic area directly across from lower Manhattan—and surrounding neighborhoods, shifting gears from architectural and social history to contemporary politics, art, food, culture, and ethnic identity.

    Learn about the development of Brooklyn Heights in the 19th century as a refuge for genteel families from the squalor of Manhattan island. Looking closely at the Federal-style brownstones, clapboard houses, and mews along lush, tree-lined streets, trace the development of a distinct Brooklyn character over the centuries.

    Your walk will also include a stroll through DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), a former warehouse district that has become a trendy gallery zone. Here, you will walk to some of the docks and waterfront to trace the origins of Brooklyn as a maritime port and discuss the importance of trade and commerce to the city until the 1970s when larger, deep water ports in New Jersey surpassed the shallower ones in the East River.

    Your perambulations may also take you along the Promenade, where you may visit Henry Ward Beecher's Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, a famous stop on the Underground Railroad.

    You will also venture into such peripheral neighborhoods as Carroll Gardens, a historically Italian neighborhood, and Boerum Hill, home to a lively mix of Middle Eastern food shops and boutiques and cafes that make Midtown Manhattan feel hours away.

    By the end of your walk, you are sure to emerge with a portrait of Brooklyn, a city within a city, and a deeper understanding of the important role its played in the history and culture of New York.

    The tour ends in Boerum Hill.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English-speaking professional tour guide
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with your tour guide, please call the local activity operator so that the message can be relayed to the tour guide
    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Our guide Karlina was excellent...

      Ms P Hartmann
    • Enjoyed the tour immensly

      We had an introduction and background to the Brooklyn bridge and the people at time of its construction prior to crossing as it is easier to just enjoy the walk and take photos...

      C J Gibson