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.
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.
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.
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.