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Founded in 1646, come explore what makes Brooklyn so unique on our small group tour!

Sites include:

  • Plymouth Church
  • Brooklyn Heights historic district
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Empire-Fulton and Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • DUMBO historic district
  • Empire Stores
  • Fort Greene Historic District
  • Fort Greene Park
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Barclay's Center
  • Park Slope historic district
  • Grand Army Plaza
  • Prospect Park

This speciality tour was created by Shawn Lynch. Thank you Shawn!

Brooklyn is both within and apart from New York City. It was founded in 1646 as a separate Dutch village across the water from New Amsterdam. As the English rule came, New Amsterdam became New York, and Breuckelen became Brooklyn. As the city of New York grew, so did it's sister city on the other side of the East River. Ferries brought Brooklynites to jobs in Manhattan, and the harbor that served Manhattan also fed growing docks and wharves in Brooklyn. Lower taxes and more space led to fast industrialization, and by 1855, Brooklyn had become the third-largest city in America. It's economy largely rested on the shoulders of New York. But Brooklyn's residents were proud of the city's parks, cultural institutions, and churches which were more connected to Puritan New England than to Dutch New York. They were fiercely loyal to their hard-luck baseball team, the now lost Dodgers.

But the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 led to a more tight-knit connection to Manhattan and before long, there was a movement to unite all the counties of New York harbor into one metropolis. And in 1898, Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn all voted to unite. Though in Brooklyn, the ballot was as close as 300 votes. As the 20th century marched forward, more and more subways and bridges between Brooklyn and Manhattan opened. Residents of Manhattan's crowded districts spread out into the far-reaches of Brooklyn. Neighborhoods bustled and the ships kept coming. But by the 1960s things were declining. Factories were closing, shipyards grew quiet, and neighbors moved to Long Island, Staten Island, and New Jersey. Brooklyn had become just another post-industrial, economically struggling inner city.

My how things have changed since then. For thirty years, rising rents in Manhattan have led to a surge in new residents in Brooklyn. New immigrants from Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean have all settled in the farther neighborhoods of the borough. And close to Manhattan the historic neighborhoods have been transformed by young professional families and hip, young artists, musicians, designers, chefs, and more. Today, when you're writing or talking about the coolest places in America, Brooklyn often is mentioned first. This tour is a great chance to see all the way from the earliest streets, through the first urban developments, to the fine homes of Brooklyn's golden years, to the high profile modern projects. Brooklyn's been New York's next big thing for decades. Come see what all the fuss is about.

Length 4½ hours
Start Time Fridays at 11a.m.

$60 per person / Limit 12 guests

Meeting Location This tour meets in Brooklyn at the Clark Street Station inside the entryway of old St. George Hotel at 51 Clark Street, Brooklyn. Take the 2 or 3 train to Clark Street.


Group Tours are only available in English. If your English is NOT fluent, this may not be the best tour option for you. If you prefer another language, please see our Private Tours.

Please make sure to eat a hearty breakfast. This tour will take a mini break for food/drink. We encourage guests who have special dietary needs to pack their own snack in case the selction is limited.

This tour meets inside the entryway of the old St. George Hotel at 70 Clark Street in Brooklyn. To get there, take the 2 or 3 train to Clark Street and exit toward Clark Street. The entrance is between Han's Market and Sushi Gallery.

You will need to purchase 3 subway rides per person on a MetroCard. This includes 2 rides during the tour and the ride you'll need to get to your next desitination after the tour. This is not including transportation to the meeting point so if you plan to take the subway you'll need 4 total. If you can, please purchase your MetroCard before your tour, or if you need help your guide will assist you on the day of your tour.

This tour does not have a set end point in Brooklyn but your guide can assist you with directions on how to get to your next destination.

This tour moves at a rapid pace. If you have any mobility issues that prevent you from walking long distances at a quick pace we suggest you book a private tour which allows you to walk at your leisure.

Real New York Tours goes out in rain, snow or shine. If you want to cancel your tour because of bad weather or for any other reason we require a 48 hour notice and you will not be charged. So please do keep a close watch on the weekly weather report. Real New York Tours does reserve the option to cancel a tour if we think the weather could be hazardous.

Please note that we do our best to see all sites listed but itinerary is subject to change at the guide's discretion due to the pace of the group, weather, or transit issues.

If you have further questions please give us a call: 917-572-7017.