This tour starts near the top of Park Slope’s infamous slope and works its way down to the gritty bottom of the Gowanus Canal. Okay, maybe we shouldn’t go that far down. We’ll stop above the canal and look upon it wistfully.
This tour starts with a basic history of Park Slope, and then it’s off to the races… food, vaudeville, subways, baseball, shantytowns, Prohibition, and gangsters will all be making appearances on this whirlwind adventure. At each stop, you will be shown images of the past which will transport you in time. The tour culminates at a nearby bar where you’ll have an optional chance to socialize with fellow nerds.
*This tour begins in front of Litchfield Villa on Prospect Park West between 4th and 5th Street (closest train F/G at 7th Avenue) and ends in front of Givers and Takers Bar on 3rd Avenue between Carroll Street and President (closest train R at Union Street or can walk to Atlantic Center).
Please note: This tour is intended for adults. There will be around 20 city blocks of walking (see map), so please wear comfortable shoes… the good news is it’s downhill!
Have you always wanted to see “How the Other Half Lives”? This is your chance! Only, the story is a bit more complicated… Brooklyn Heights is jam-packed with history. Over 600 buildings in the Brooklyn Heights Historic District pre-date 1860. In this tour, we will touch on such formative topics as the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, the Brooklyn Bridge, the first public school in Brooklyn, and world’s oldest underground subway tunnel. Besides this, you will visit the oldest house in the neighborhood - which very few people are aware of - and the homes of many influential residents. We may even stroll past a filming location of the classic Brooklyn movie Moonstruck (I recommend seeing this movie immediately if you haven’t yet). We’ll end the tour at a historic watering hole where you’ll have the option to imbibe the “spirits” of the many longshoremen who came before you.
*This tour begins at 64 Poplar Street (closest trains the A/C at High Street or 2/3 at Clark Street) and ends at Monterro’s Bar and Grill (closest trains the F/G at Bergen Street or 2/3/4/5 at Borough Hall).
Please note: This tour is intended for adults. There will be around 20 city blocks of walking, so please wear comfortable shoes.