Park Slope Brooklyn Tour
NY See’s Park Slope Tour is a four-hour walking exploration of three of Brooklyn’s most historic residential neighborhoods, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Carroll Gardens. Brooklyn is a place of tree-lined streets and beautiful homes, as well as grittier industrial neighborhoods being converted into residential/artists communities. The brownstones of Park Slope that are a living depiction of 19th century Brooklyn.
Brooklyn is the most populous of all New York’s five boroughs; see why 2.6 million people call the borough home. One in seven Americans can trace their roots to Brooklyn.
The tour begins on Seventh Avenue and 9th Street in front of Smiling Pizza; Prospect Park is considered Calvert Vaux’s and Olmsted’s masterpiece. It rivals Central Park in beauty and execution. The Long Meadow, one of the unique features of the park is over a mile in length; on our stroll over toward Grand Army Plaza we’ll explore a portion of the Meadow.
The Grand Arch commemorates the sacrifice of the Union Army during the Civil War. On weekends, Baily’s fountain, just beyond the arch, becomes one of the busiest photographic backdrops for weddings. There is also a bustling farmers market in the Plaza.
On our walk towards the Plaza we’ll pass Litchfield Villa, which sits on the edge of Prospect Park West; this beautiful home was restored and now houses the Park’s department offices. The Litchfield’s were one of the earliest developers of Park Slope. The house overlooked NY Harbor. From his perch on the roof Mr. Litchfield could monitor his far ranging real estate interests.
Park Slope is known for it’s beautiful homes and tree lined streets, Montgomery Place is considered to be one of the most beautiful streets in New York City. It is lined with homes built by one of New York’s foremost architect’s, C. P. H. Gilbert, who later went on to design famous mansions on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
The earliest battles of the Revolutionary war were fought in Brooklyn, beginning in August of 1776. These battles were the largest, conflicts of the Revolution. We’ll see the Stone House, a replica of the Cortelyou estate, which became a battleground during the war. Later the Brooklyn Dodgers used it as clubhouse.
As the tour winds down we’ll visit Gowanus, formally, a gritty industrial neighborhood, which is transforming into a residential/artists community. The Gowanus Canal, know by the locals as Lavender Lake is in the process of being revitalized and restored.
We’ll cross Carroll Street Bridge that was built in 1889 and is one of only four retractile bridges remaining in the entire country. It spans the Gowanus Canal and leads us into the Carroll Gardens neighborhood, our final stop. We’ll take a brief walk along Smith Street, which is lined with new exciting restaurants. The tour ends at the Bergen Street subway station where you can connect with the F & G line.
Hit the streets, have fun, learn, explore!
Four-Hour Fully Guided Private Walking Tour
$300.00 (per group)
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