Is there any neighborhood more "of the moment" than Williamsburg, Brooklyn? Had history taken a slightly different course, Williamsburg might today be considered the country's first real suburb. Instead, the so-called "Eastern District" took on a different life in the 19th century, becoming a center for New York manufacturing and, after the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge in 1903, newly arrived immigrants. This walk traces the history of the area from its Dutch beginnings through to its remarkable recent transformation into a hip area of shops, restaurants, bars, and lots and lots of new housing.
This tour lasts approximately two hours and costs a flat fee of $100 for groups of 1-4 people. For parties larger than 4 people, the cost is $25 per person. Please inquire about discounts for student groups or parties larger than 10 people.
To contact us about booking this tour please use our online booking form (preferred) or call (toll-free) 1-877-572-9719
The Williamsburg Bridge
The Williamsburgh Savings Bank and other landmarked buildings
Continental Army Plaza
The site of the former Domino Sugar Plant
The Orthodox Jewish enclave
The oldest church in the area
Fine examples of 19th-century townhouses, mansions, and tenement apartments
This tour features a number of historical illustrations that help trace the development of the neighborhood.
* all walking tour itineraries are subject to change