Brooklyn's got lots to see, taste and do!
This is a custom tour where the goal is for you to experience Brooklyn in the way that most appeals to you. The entire tour itinerary is created from scratch, crafted to suit your exact interests and needs. The options are nearly limitless: neighborhoods, culture, history, shopping, gentrification, food, artisanal, ethnic and more. We can even do a little bit of everything! We'll plan the tour route in a logistical manner to get the most we possibly can out of the time.
You can also have any of our public tours arranged for you privately. They can be done individually or they can be combined.
Here are some of Brooklyn's top neighborhoods, activities and experiences to choose from:
Each of Brooklyn's top neighborhoods has its own unique vibe, personality and flavor. On a custom tour we can get a general overview by swinging through several neighborhoods, or we can pick just one or two to delve into more thoroughly. Certain neighborhoods are closer or further from others; when planning the tour we will provide advice about the best route to follow, and how to get around.
Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhood is ground zero for urban counter culture. The area serves as a hub of creativity, loaded with vintage shops, fashion boutiques and craft food producers. A myriad of galleries, music venues and street art reflect the bounty of culture; while dozens of restaurants and bars present an array of dining and nightlife options. Recently the area's waterfront has begun seeing major development and is becoming a flashpoint of controversy over gentrification and its effects on the local community.
The quirky name of this hip waterfront district stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. Its cobblestone streets are lined with repurposed industrial loft buildings which are home to boutiques, galleries and artisanal craft shops. The area's location below two tremendous historical bridges allows for breathtaking views and scenery.
Serene tree-lined streets and landmark brownstone townhouses make up Brooklyn's oldest neighborhood. The stately homes, majestic churches and grand apartments of the area serve as specimens of magnificent architecture. Its fascinating historical background has seen it play host to events like the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War, and folks of influence like poet Walt Whitman and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher. Waterfront views complement the quaint, family environment.
This beachfront of fun and amusement is the birthplace of the American theme park. Its boardwalk and side streets are lined with games, rides and unusual characters popular with summer crowds. Area icons include the ecentric Wonder ferris Wheel, wooden Cyclone roller coaster and tall red Parachute Jump. A dive into the area's history reveals the story of legendary attractions, destructive forces of nature, and even a 150-foot tall elephant!
Brooklyn's got something for every interest. Your tour can be crafted to suit one or two specific themes, or we can include a little bit of everything. Most neighborhoods are abundant with culture, shopping, food, views and photo opportunities. Your tour can be presented as an overall sightseeing experience, or we can delve into any interest or theme of your choosing. We're happy to offer suggestions!
Brooklyn is the breeding ground of a trending urban culture. This revolutionary movement is founded on innovation, creativity and passion. It's a reinvention of basic components of human lifestyle - tradition, materialism, and behavior - by examining them through the lenses of modernity: technology, communications, and social awareness. It's a movement grounded in global, ethical and environmental conciouseness. It celebrates fine detailing, and embraces artistic creativity, careful worksmanship, and painstaking quality. The intrinsic goal is for one to assert their individuality and take pride in themself: what they do, where they live, what they eat, and the effects their actions have on others. Come to Brooklyn to learn about this culture that's altering the fabric of society as we know it.
Brooklyn's long and proud heritage is as colorful and diverse as the people who call it home. Epic events, illustrious personalities and grand ambitions are what shaped what was once America's 3rd largest city. Discover the pivotal role Brooklyn played in the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the mass turn-of-the-20th-century immigration, World War 2 and much more. Further history to uncover includes beer brewing in Brooklyn, the waterfront, industrial decline, racial transitions, the Dodgers (baseball) legacy, and modern 21st Century gentrification. Did you know the Frankfurter was invented in Brooklyn..? and the Teddy Bear..? Can you guess which foreign World War 2 leader had roots in Brooklyn..?
Brooklyn's overwhelming explosion in popularity is the product of gentrification. This phenomenon is the catalyst that brings new residents, businesses, cultural institutions and venture capital to formerly neglected districts. It breathes new life into forgotten brownstones, townhouses, lofts and industrial bunkers, fusing them together in a whirlwind blend of culture and excitement. It's a transformation that sees drastic increases in economic growth and quality of life. It becomes a rallying call for artists, creatives, idealists and entrepreneurs to converge, collaborate, and aspire for greatness. The place to experience this wonder of the 21st Century is Brooklyn!
Gentrification also brings controversy and serious issues because it often results in higher living costs and neighborhood demographic changes (disposession of longtime lower-income communities in residential neighborhoods). On our tours we delve further into this subject and examine the good, the bad and the ugly.
Hand-wrapped chocolate bon bons. Ramen hamburgers. Southern fried chicken & waffles. Vegan ice cream.
Quality is king at Brooklyn's producers of artisanal food goods. The products are lovingly crafted in small batches using only the finest locally-sourced materials. The delicious taste of these goodies make it a pleasant surprise when discovering how healthy and environmentally sustainable their ingredients can be. Brooklyn's centers of culinary creativity offer a dizzying variety of treats: wood oven pizza, shnitzel, lobster roll, dumplings, fritters, beef jerky, key lime pie, whoopie pie, croissants, egg cream, saltwater taffy and more...
Graffiti and Street Art
Brooklyn is a place of cutting-edge culture and experimentation - therefore there's no wonder that it's a hub of creative graffiti and street artwork. These exercises in creativity are on open display throughout Brooklyn: amusing stencils, thought-provoking murals, quirky posters and tags, and even yarn graffiti! The street art in Brooklyn is created by talented folks from all over the world, from Spain to Argentina to Australia, and even Iran. Prepare for a range of emotions as we explore the humor, drama, and intensity imparted into Brooklyn's murals by their globetrotting artists!
Ladies, get ready. An overwhelming array of shopping opportunities in Brooklyn means you'll want to stop and explore every eclectic shop and cute boutique we encounter. Guys, don't worry, there's something for everyone: craft goods, indie fashion, hand-made jewelry, music and records, books,antiques, vintage, secondhand, army/navy, sweets, snacks, cheese, chocolate, baked goods, exotic imports, and more.
Brooklyn is a photographer's mecca. Its waterfront features sweeping views of New York City's skyscrapers, bridges and harbor. Around the borough, magnificent architecture and landmarks are ripe for capture by both novice and expert. Shops, ethnic enclaves and street scenes also serve as choice photo subjects. Historic neighborhoods, iconic brownstones, repurposed industrial spaces and creative street art round off the list of memorable things to capture on film (or SD card, of course).
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