Brooklyn Heights boasts beautiful architecture and magnificent views of New York Harbor. Learn how this area became the nation’s first suburb and see highlights dating from the 19th century to the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge Park. You’ll realize why Brooklyn Heights remains one of the most desirable residential areas of New York City today. The adjoining neighborhood, DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Underpass), had an industrial beginning, fell into decline and was rescued by artists and shrewd developers. DUMBO now boasts a thriving arts scene and some of the most photographed sites in all the City.
- Brownstone-lined residential streets
- The Esplanade
- A former brothel
- Bridges connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan
- The hip area known as DUMBO
- Jane’s Carousel
- A visit to a chocolatier who helped DUMBO turn around
The tour lasts about two-and-a-half hours, more for a stop at Jacques Torres to enjoy their wares, and is an easy walk, albeit a bit hilly on the way back. There are interesting stories to be told, but photo ops abound on this walk.
We meet in front of the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn NY 11201. The nearest subway stops are at Court Street (N, R), and Borough Hall (2, 3 and 4,5); High Street is also nearby (A, C). Be sure to check the MTA website for weekend travel information as some of these stops are subject to closure for construction.
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Alan Cohen is passionate about New York City. Diverse neighborhoods, the food, public art, architecture, and cultural institutions are sources of endless delight and fascination for this native of Brooklyn and Manhattan resident. Walk almost anywhere and there are layers of history in front of you, if you know how to see what's there. Alan, a former psychologist and college professor, has been exploring those layers most of his adult life. For fun, he started giving tours of his favorite places to friends. He became a tour guide for the Central Park Conservancy and a licensed New York City sightseeing guide because he loves to share New York¹s beauty and its stories. Photo ops of New York iconic landmarks are fine. It's even more rewarding to know the stories behind them. Take a walk with Alan and learn why New York is the world’s most interesting city.