Begin your private Brooklyn exploration with your native New Yorker guide at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street, where you’ll discover historic Prospect Park. Designed by landscape architects Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead, this famous green space offers a variety of attractions to discover.
Check out the historic Litchfield Villa and stroll past the park’s Long Meadow before continuing to Grand Army Plaza, which lies on the park’s northwest entrance. Admire the intricate stonework of the plaza’s historic Grand Arch, commemorating the Union Army from the Civil War, before checking out the Bailey Fountain, which lies just beyond. Depending on the day, you might even see the farmers market that sets up shop in this scenic spot.
Continue into the heart of Park Slope, one of Brooklyn’s most famous neighborhoods. Get a sense for the charming architecture of this brownstone-laden area as you explore Montgomery Place, one of New York’s most scenic streets. Many of the stately properties lining this block were designed by famous NYC architect C.P.H. Gilbert.
Stroll past more Park Slope architecture as you head to the Stone House, a replica of a famous home that once stood on this site during the Battle of Brooklyn. Back in 1776, this location played an important role in one of the earlier battles of the American Revolution.
Contrast your trip through Brookyln’s historic heart by walking through Gowanus, a one-time industrial area that is slowly being reclaimed by New York City artists and condo dwellers. You’ll pass by the Gowanus Canal, known to some locals as ‘Lavender Lake,’ which is undergoing a dramatic revitalization effort.
Head across the Carroll Street Bridge, built in 1889, as you pass into Carroll Gardens. Take a short stroll amidst the boutiques, eateries, and quirky shops of Smith Street before ending your walk at the Bergen Street F and G subway line.
Please note: the tour operates in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately.