Fort Greene History – In Person Tour

One of Brooklyn's most ethnically diverse neighborhoods surround a park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

A walking tour exploring one of Brooklyn’s most diverse neighborhoods, and area remarkably historic and cutting-edge contemporary all at the same time.   Fort Greene boasts lovely 19th century architecture; one of the oldest African American communities in Brooklyn; and a moving memorial tomb to the Revolutionary War prisoners of British prison ships in nearby Wallabout Bay.  Join us as we stroll the streets of this wonderful neighborhood with forays into Clinton Hill and the area surrounding the Pratt Institute. Stops could include sites associated with the Underground Railroad, Spike Lee, Marianne Moore, Stanford White, Richard Wright, and the Arbuckle family.

This walking tour was originally developed in association with the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation.

Tour Info

Cost: $30
$20 Seniors and Full-Time Students

Health & Safety Guidelines
For our in-person walking tours, see our FAQs below for information regarding our Stay Well NYC Pledge.


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Big Onion requires all walkers to reserve and pay in advance. Prepayment helps us determine group size and appropriate guide numbers.

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For bigger groups, consider a private walking or virtual tour!

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.

For more information, or to arrange, please call  (718) 499-3001 or email info@bigonion.com.

Meeting Location

Location:
At the "Ebbets Field Flagpole" on the southeast corner of Atlantic & Flatbush Avenues, directly behind the grassy subway station at Atlantic Ave/Barclay Center

Subway Trains
TRAINS: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q or R train to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center Station

FAQs for In-Person Street Walks

Health & Safety Guidelines
Due to Covid-19, Big Onion has proudly signed the Stay Well NYC Pledge and we ask that all of our customers follow these guidelines as well.

Masks Are Required
Big Onion Walking Tours adheres to all New York City and State mask and social distancing requirements.  

Social Distancing
On in-person tours, Big Onion will follow the recommended outdoor social distancing protocols and will be using audio technology to aid with hearing. Details will be provided in your booking confirmation.

Contact Tracing
Big Onion will securely retain client contact information for one month, for contact tracing purposes, if necessary.

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

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.

Tips
Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Reschedule Policy
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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