Brooklyn Heights History

America's first suburb and New York's first landmark district all in one!

Explore New York City’s first Landmark District – Brooklyn Heights – a neighborhood with more than 500 Antebellum homes and buildings. On this in depth walk we will discuss the neighborhood’s agricultural roots, its emergence as the country’s first suburb, and its 20th century decline and dramatic regeneration. On our outing we will also stop along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for the finest views of Manhattan and New York Harbor. Stops could include: The Hotel St George, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, the George B. Post designed Brooklyn Historical Society, and sites associated with Seth Low, George Washington, Victoria Woodhull, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, WEB DuBois, and Gypsy Rose Lee.

Tour Info

Cost: $25
$20 Seniors and Full-Time Students

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Tour Schedule
Sunday, August 252:00 pm
Saturday, September 1412:00 pm
Friday, September 271:00 pm
Sunday, October 131:00 pm
Saturday, October 2612:00 pm
Tour Reservations

Big Onion happily accepts walk up participants. However, many Big Onion customers prefer to pay in advance. Prepayment also helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

NOTE: You will select your date in the next step.

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Consider a private tour!

We’ve done tours for school example, group example and corporate example. Whether you are looking to integrate a tour into your academic curriculm or entertaining out-of-towners, a Big Onion walking tour is a great way to experience the city.

Private tours can be arranged for a weekday, weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We work closely with you to create an enjoyable experience for your group.

Please call us at (212) 439-1090 ext 5 or email us for more information or to arrange.

Meeting Location

Location:
Grand Staircase on the north side of Brooklyn Borough Hall, facing Cadman Plaza.

Finding Your Guides
All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Big Onion Walking Tours”.

Subway Trains
A/C/F to Jay Street; R/2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall; N/R to Court Street.

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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.

Rain/Inclement Weather
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.

Guides
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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Tips
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Helpful Links
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Weekly Service Advisories
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Refund Policy
Full refunds are available by request up until 72 hours prior to a walking tour. Between 72 and 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour we offer credit to be used on any future walk. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded.

Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled for severe weather or if museum is closed. No shows are considered last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. In the event of a Big Onion cancellation or museum closure, full refunds or rescheduled tickets will be offered.

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