Native New Yorker Walking Tours
pop. 2.5 million (2010 US Census estimate)
area: 71 square miles
Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Bridge
Montague Street, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn Bridge, Squibb Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
We'll stroll through what was termed New York's first suburb (by 19th century standards), admiring the view of the Upper Bay and lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and/or Brooklyn Bridge Park. We’ll stop by the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims last stop on slavery’s underground railroad. If up to the challenge, we will see the Manhattan Bridge and cross The Brooklyn Bridge, dodging the bicycles while returning on foot to Manhattan (City Hall).
A remarkable cemetery containing bucolic landscapes and Victorian statuary, established in 1838 with 20 miles of paths through 478 acres.
Seventh Avenue, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza (You will think you are in Paris by l'Arc de Triomphe), Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Eastern Parkway, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Williamsburgh Savings Bank, Junior’s Restaurant and Fulton Mall
Park Slope is a trendy, upscale brownstone neighborhood re-discovered by urban, young professionals. We take a stroll through some of the residential streets, touching on Prospect Park and New York's version of the Arc de Triomphe (Grand Army Plaza). The Brooklyn Public Library and The Brooklyn Botanic Garden are a few minutes further along our route via majestic, Eastern Parkway . We will visit the world famous Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. We'll walk down Flatbush Avenue passing The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the 1927 Williamsburgh Savings Bank, and, of course, Junior's Restaurant, which serves up the best cheese cake in the Big Apple. The Fulton Mall is a pedestrian shopping mall developed to revitalize downtown Brooklyn.
Brighton Beach and Coney Island
Brighton Beach Avenue, the boardwalk, Surf Avenue , Nathan’s Famous
Williamsburg Bridge, Division Street, Lee Avenue, Bedford Avenue, Ferry Park, Brooklyn Brewery, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Metropolitan Avenue.
We'll tour two, old neighborhoods which have been rediscovered by young, up and coming professionals with art galleries trendy boutiques, restaurants, bars and even a brewery. Our itinerary will include: The Williamsburg Bridge, Division Street , Lee Avenue, Bedford Avenue, North End, Ferry Park, Brooklyn Brewery. The neighborhood has three distinct quarters: Hasidic, Hispanic and Hip. We’ll visit Brooklyn Brewery and conclude our tour by visiting Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration, (when accessible) and a taste of Greenpoint when we visit Metropolitan Avenue.
Brooklyn-Staten Island-Manhattan's Financial District
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Grasmere, Staten Island, St. George, Staten Island, Staten Island Ferry, Manhattan: Governors Island, Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty - from the ferry, the Battery, Bowling Green, Charging Bull, Wall Street, Federal Hall, Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Church, Ground Zero, Tweed Court, City Hall, Brooklyn Bridge.
This three borough tour requires six hours. It begins by taking the subway out to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Originally, a community of Scandinavian immigrants, today it is a middle-class/upper middle-class community representative of many in Brooklyn. We will walk to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge for photos. Then, boarding a bus, we will cross the bridge for some spectacular, marine/urban panoramas which include both the Upper and Lower Bays, Staten Island, Brooklyn and the skyscraper skyline of much of Manhattan. Our bus will take us to the Grasmere section of Staten Island for a view of a typical, middle-class community on Staten Island. We board the Staten Island Rapid Transit which takes us to St. George, Staten Island. St. George is the civic center of Staten Island. We will view murals depicting Staten Island history and see the historic homes district. The Staten Island Ferry provides an unforgettable crossing of New York's Upper Bay, passing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as we return to the Battery. We will then tour Lower Broadway: Battery Park, Bowling Green, “Charging Bulll”, Wall Street, Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Church, site of the World Trade Center, City Hall and City Hall Park including the Surrogate's Court.