Williamsburg Walking Tour
This a small-group public walking tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn given at 12pm several days each week. Its length is approx. 2.5 hours and the price is $28.00 per person.
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Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the epicenter of an urban renewal movement that has swept New York City in recent years. A landscape once vacant and desolate has been resurrected into a hub of cutting-edge creativity. The area's streets are filled with young, hip members of a new urban generation. These folks have migrated from all over the globe to participate in this emerging community.
On the Williamsburg Walking Tour we immerse ourselves in this center of innovation. We explore trendy shops featuring unique craft goods, vintage fashion and retro products. We walk the streets and take in a scene that's setting trends around the globe. Over the course of the tour you will discover the story of Brooklyn's urban renewal: how it went from neglect and abandonment to becoming a capital of culture. Some of the things to learn about include Brooklyn's beer brewing history, industrial past, immigrant heritage and gentrification. We also view underground graffiti and street art, and discover the story of its evolution from vandalism to display at top art galleries. Additionally you will be presented with a one-of-a-kind view of the waterfront and Manhattan skyline.
Here are some of the things to experience on the tour:
Williamsburg is the breeding ground of a growing youth counterculture. This trending movement is characterized by modern fashions, attitudes and ideals. The culture places a heavy emphasis on sustainability, civic pride and nostalgia.
Popular fashion is inspired by past American generations of the 20th Century. Also, the rustic theme of the American Midwest, and seaside culture of New England. Such retro and second-hand fashion is known as vintage.
Modern ideals place value in the concept of sustainability. This means patronizing small businesses to support a local economy. It also means environmental consciousness (in ways like riding bicycles for transportation), and consumption of healthy food or produce.
On the tour expect to learn more about these concepts that are redefining the nature of urban living.
In the last few years Williamsburg has undergone an urban renewal that transformed it from poverty and neglect to being a center of culture, shopping and nightlife. This was brought about by artists and activists who settled the underpopulated area and worked to revitalize it. This phenomena is known as gentrification.
On the tour expect to learn about this transformative process, the controversy surrounding it, and what critics are saying about it.
Williamsburg and neighboring areas were once the capital of beer brewing in America, with over 45 breweries operating in Brooklyn. The breweries were established by German industrialists who brought lager recipes with them upon immigrating in the mid 1800's.
On the tour expect to discover the story of Brooklyn's beer brewing legacy. Also, find out about the brewing beauty ballot that was more important than the U.S. presidential election!
Williamsburg and neighboring areas are the center of a bustling graffiti and street art scene. The combination of its creative population and post-industrial landscape form a catalyst that breeds revolutionary artistic expression. Williamsburg's walls, storefronts, billboards, poles and sidewalks host art of all types, produced by artists both local and international.
On the tour expect to view creative street art, and learn the rags-to-riches story of its artists.
How the Tour Works
This is a public tour given several days a week at 12:00pm (click the link below to check availability). It lasts approximately 2.5 hours and covers about 1 mile of walking distance.
The tour consists of a guided walk through the neighborhood with 2 or 3 indoor stops (it varies by the day). It is a small-group tour which will have no more than 12 people.
The meeting point is in front of:
169 North 7th Street (between Driggs Ave and Bedford Ave)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
This tour is also available privately for groups of all sizes, in over 8 languages. It can be customized to suit your specific interests and needs, and transportation is available by car, van or bus.