Join a 3-hour small group walking tour of Brooklyn in the company of a local urban historian. Learn about the social and economic history along with the architecture and the dynamic cultural make-up of New York City's most fascinating and biggest borough.
What to Expect
Led by an urban historian, this walk moves beyond the hustle and bustle of 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.
During the 3-hour walking seminar you will learn about the development of Brooklyn during the 19th century when it exploded architecturally, commercially, and culturally to, at points, rival Manhattan. The walk will focus strongly on the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, the historic area directly across from lower Manhattan, and surrounding neighborhoods.
The walk also includes a stroll through DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,) a former warehouse district that has become a hip gallery zone. Here you'll walk along 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 1970's when larger, deep water ports in New Jersey surpassed the shallower ones in the East River.
By the end of the tour, you'l emerge with a portrait of Brooklyn, a city within a city, and a deeper understanding of the important role it has played in the history and culture of New York.
- An urban historian as your guide
Know Before You Go
The tour is conducted in small groups of max. 6 participants to give you the best experience possible!
The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.
Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within 2 business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided.) Cancellations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.