Tour 21: Big Onion: Historic Brooklyn Heights, with the Brooklyn Historical Society

Sunday, January 4, 2015: 1:15 PM-5:45 PM
Americas Hall I (New York Hilton, Third Floor)

Tour leader: A graduate student, historian, guide from Big Onion Walking Tours

Explore New York City’s first Landmark District on a special tour co-sponsored with the Brooklyn Historical Society. We will discuss the neighborhood’s agricultural roots, its emergence as the country’s first suburb, and its twentieth-century decline and dramatic regeneration. The tour will conclude with a visit inside Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS). A BHS interpreter will share a brief history of the institution and its impact on Brooklyn, and offer visitors a glimpse inside the landmark Othmer Library, which holds the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn’s history and culture in the world. Tour stops could include the Hotel St George, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, and sites associated with Seth Low, George Washington, Arthur Miller, Victoria Woodhull, W.E.B DuBois, and Gypsy Rose Lee.

Please note: There are no stairs on this tour. We will walk approximately one mile, at a moderate pace, during the two-hour tour.

Limit: 25 people. $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $15 students

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