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New York Times Journeys - Brooklyn Walking Tour with Food Tasting & Beer

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    Stop At: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, NY 10038

    Start your tour in iconic Manhattan before hopping the commuter ferry for a short ride across the East River to Brooklyn, with great views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. (Note that as the ferry leaves shortly after the tour starts, you must be on time. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early to the meeting point to ensure you don't miss boarding.) Land in Dumbo, named not for the elephant, but because it is “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass.” Long home to shipping piers and industrial warehouses, this charming and historic neighborhood is now one of the most desirable in Brooklyn because of its access to the waterfront, breathtaking views and historic architecture.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-9750

    Walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park, built largely on those old piers, to learn how the waterfront changed from a source of food to a thriving industrial area (where entrepreneurs did everything from process tobacco to create the first cardboard boxes), to an unsafe abandoned slum, and finally to what it is today: a beautiful park for recreation and home to modern businesses. Stop at Jane’s Carousel, from a 1920s amusement park. It was purchased by a local artist who restored it, and a glass-enclosed ride offers a view of modern Manhattan from a historic perch.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: 49 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

    From there, we head to Smile to Go, a spinoff of a popular downtown restaurant. See where all the pastries are made, watching the bakers at work as you hear about the business and join in on the creative process. Then sample an array of creative, chef-driven pastries fresh from the oven.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Empire Stores, 53-83 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

    At the Empire Stores, you’ll see the latest transformation. This brick warehouse block is believed to be the first place coffee was commercially roasted and processed, but was abandoned for many years as shipping moved elsewhere. Now, it has been revived as a community space with shops, cafes and restaurants, rotating art exhibits and an outpost of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Take in the panorama of Manhattan from a secret viewpoint.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: POWERHOUSE Arena, 28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

    Walk down the old cobblestone streets to see more of the old warehouses and factories that have been converted into lofts, restaurants and art galleries. Stop at Powerhouse Arena. It’s a bookstore specializing in books on art and photography, as well as a space for art exhibitions and literary events, including book readings, launch parties and panel discussions. Meet an employee to talk about the community activities that happen here, and about the literary and art communities that inspire and visit the space

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Manhattan Bridge, South Street and FDR Drive, New York City, NY 10002

    Pass under the Manhattan Bridge archway and into another part of the neighborhood to visit the Brooklyn Roasting Company. It is housed in an old building that was part of the historic Arbuckles’ Coffee company, whose roasted coffee was a favorite of cowboys for years. Brooklyn Roasting has brought the coffee tradition back to the waterfront. Learn about their history and how it ties into the neighborhood’s past. Of course, sample some coffee, which is curated and blended from beans from all over the world.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Head farther into Dumbo and learn about the growing startup and tech world in the neighborhood. Stop for a quick bite at a local spot like Bread & Spread, featuring chef-driven sandwiches. Get an exclusive peek into an artist's studio where you will meet them, learn about their process, and see their latest works in progress.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Randolph Beer DUMBO, 82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

    Finally, stop at the hidden gem Randolph Beer. Craft brewing is all the rage, but the Randolph goes it one better and serves its beer where it’s made. Learn about the growing craft beer scene in Brooklyn, and pull your own beer from the tap. (You can’t get much more local than that!) End the tour sipping your beer and reflecting on how far Brooklyn has come, yet how close it remains to its roots.

    Duration: 15 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pier 11 / Wall St., South St, New York, NY 10005, USA
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Pastry
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Sandwich
    • Pour your Own Beer
    • Snacks
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Souvenirs and personal shopping
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please note that this tour starts with a ferry ride, which boards immediately after the tour start time. Please allow plenty of time to reach the meeting point, as any delays would cause the entire group to miss the ferry. We cannot guarantee your guide will wait for late arrivals.
    • You will be in a small group with a maximum of 12 people.
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
    • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
    • Dress comfortably and appropriate for the weather.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • In an effort to eliminate waste, we recommend that you upload your voucher on a mobile device. We do not need a physical copy of your voucher
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Brian was a great tour guide. He took us to cafes, bookstores, and other unique places in the heart of Brooklyn that I probably wouldn't have found on my own. Make sure to come hungry as you get to sample delicious cookies, coffee, pizza along...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Lauren O
    Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

    The tour was a chilled out introduction to DUMBO, Brooklyn. We tasted our way through the streets experiencing the artisan culture like locals. Brian has a great personality and is clued in to this public space perfectly. We learnt lots about the history of innovation...More

    Thank laethantasaoirebeag
    Reviewed 26 August 2019

    This was my first trip to NYC, and my wife and I had been recommended the DUMBO area as one that was really worth checking out by friends. As we're always keen to do city food/walking tours we figured this would be an interesting way...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Rob D
    Reviewed 18 August 2019

    It was easy to tell that our tour guide Brian Hoffman loves people. His smile and enjoyment in the group, and his respect for everyone, made for a friendly group and a super morning together in DUMBO. Brian’s historical narratives and the special places he...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank franWhitePlains
    Reviewed 14 August 2019

    My wife and I went on this tour while visiting NYC. Great tour, interesting area and history, would absolutely recommend. Our tour guide Brian also did a great job.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank David G
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