Free Brooklyn Heights History Tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Alex
Quality Verified Registered on February 06, 2023

I am a licensed tour guide, professional blogger, and active member of the Guides Association of New York City. My passion is New York’s food, history, and culture, and my walking tours are one of a kind NYC experiences! I also created, own, and operate a tour agency called Food Strolls Guided Tours right here in New York City.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Join Alex on a Brooklyn Heights history tour to learn all about America’s oldest suburb.  We’ll discuss the area’s past, from Dutch farmland to one of New York’s most elegant neighborhoods.   We’ll follow the neighborhood’s demographics over time, from a provincial enclave, to a working class Jewish and Italian community,  and eventually into Brooklyn’s most exclusive neighborhood.

We’ll weave our way through the Brooklyn Heights Historic District, stopping at several National Historic Landmarks along the way.  Other stops include Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, several famous 19th century churches, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge, Fulton Ferry Landing, and DUMBO.  If time allows, we may even stop by a few celebrity mansions!!

Along the way, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions and engage with Alex on any number of topics. 

The tours are casual, flexible, and fun, so bring your curiosity and a comfortable pair of walking shoes! 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201,...
    209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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    I will be standing on the front steps of Borough Hall, not on Joralemon Street. Walk around to the front and I will be holding a clear folder full of black and white images.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Brooklyn Borough Hall
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Brooklyn Historical Society
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Brooklyn Bridge View
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Plymouth Church
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Fulton Ferry Historic District
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Dumbo - Manhattan Bridge View

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Michel 09 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Alex is a serious person with a great knowledge of Brooklyn. The tour was balanced and interesting.the croissant almost as good as in France. I do recommand this tour, as of today the best we did in New York. Thank you Alex we had a great time.
Duje 27 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Alex & tour was great. Lot of interesting information & locations visited.
Dimitra 13 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Will definitely recommend! Such a good way to experience Brooklyn! Alex was a great guide!
Joanne 12 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
So informative and such an interesting tour.
Myra 12 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Alex is a great guide , highly recommend . I did the Brooklyn Heights history tour, it was really informative and interesting, we visited places I hadn’t seen before.We stopped at a fabulous croissant bakery which was a real treat. Highly recommend
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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