Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO: The Old and the New

This is the tour of old Brooklyn—the Brooklyn of poet Walt Whitman and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher.  But this is also the tour of new Brooklyn—the Brooklyn of $18 million condos and world-famous pizza.  On this tour we will experience firsthand how those two Brooklyns collide.

Brooklyn Heights offers unrivaled views of the Lower Manhattan skyline.

A 19th-century carriage house, now a residence with rarity for New York City: a private garage

A 19th-century carriage house, now a residence with rare luxury for New York City: a private garage

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The post-industrial streets of DUMBO with the majestic Manhattan Bridge in the background.

Once politically and culturally separate from New York, Brooklyn began as the antithesis of the hipness it has now come to represent.  We will walk the two-hundred-year-old streets lined with stately homes designed to lure New Yorkers to a more suburban lifestyle.  As we steal breathtaking views of Manhattan we marvel at the peace and quiet, appreciating today the same appeal that drew the first settlers to the cliffs above the East River.

Beautiful Plymouth Church - A known stop on the "Underground Railroad" that helped escaped slaves up from the south

Plymouth Church – A known stop on the “Underground Railroad” that helped hide escaped slaves flee the South

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We will walk the streets the first Brooklynites walked 200 years ago

Leaving the Heights, we will descend into the post-industrial neighborhood of DUMBO, nestled around (and underneath!) the great stone anchorages of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.  Here we will see how the factories and warehouses of centuries past have been repurposed into chic residential, arts and tech spaces.  And not to leave the palate un-pleased, we will pay a visit and receive samples from a world-renowned chocolate factory—a pioneer in the transformation of the neighborhood.

Ray and his group cools off with "Frozen Hot Chocolate" at the Jacque Torres Chocolate Factory

Ray and his group cools off with “Frozen Hot Chocolate” and other chocolate delicacies.

The distant Empire State Building as framed by the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO.

The distant Empire State Building as framed by the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO.

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Meeting Place: The exit to the #2/3 Clark St. station – The corner of Clark St. and Henry St. in Brooklyn, near the “Hotel St. George” marquis.

Closest Trains: #2 or 3 to Clark St.  Alternatively, #4, 5 to Borough Hall, the N, R to Court St. or the A, C to High St.

A hybrid version of this tour includes a food stop to showcase some of the best pizza Brooklyn has to offer.

A hybrid version of this tour includes a food stop to showcase some of the best pizza Brooklyn has to offer.  For more info and bookings, click here.

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A relic of an older age–one of the few remaining industrial warehouses in DUMBO that hasn’t been transformed for residential use