Come explore the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill. DUMBO was once the center of Brooklyn’s industrial era and later a thriving artistic community. Vinegar Hill was, in the mid-19th century, the “Five Points” of Brooklyn. Our walk combines the history, architecture, people and contemporary gentrification of these lesser-known neighborhoods. Stops could include the Eskimo Pie factory, Brooklyn’s “Gracie Mansion,” historic Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and sites associated with George Washington, Walt Whitman, John Roebling, Jean Nouvel, the 1870s Whiskey Wars, and America’s oldest national chain store.
DUMBO and Vinegar Hill is not offered as a public walk during the winter as the cobblestone streets can be slippery.
Customized option for private tours: Consider a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and into DUMBO for a unique two hour walk. Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 3 or email us for more information or to arrange.
Health & Safety Guidelines
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SE corner of Jay St & York St, next to the York St F train station.
F train to York Street.
On in person tours, Big Onion will follow the current recommended outdoor social distancing protocols.
Big Onion will securely retain client contact information for one month, for contact tracing purposes, if necessary.
The finest group of tour guides anywhere. Most of us are full-time graduate students researching and writing doctoral dissertations in history passionate about the history, architecture and people of New York.
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Time & Distance
All tours last approximately two hours. We start on time and walk between one and two miles at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various sites along the tour.
Big Onion generally presents tours rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather please check our home page for notifications or call our hotline [(888) 606-WALK (9255) ext. 1], to confirm our schedule.
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.
With 24+ hours prior to a walking tour, Big Onion offers a full credit for the value of the booking. Credits will be given as Gift Cards in dollar amounts. Gift Cards are good for two years and can be used on any Big Onion outing. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows cannot be credited.
Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.
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