A few weeks ago I went on the Brooklyn Pizza Tour, which was amazing! So this past weekend I was beyond excited to go check out another great tour from A slice of Brooklyn bus tours. This time I went on the Brooklyn neighborhood tour. A sleek black bus picked us up in Manhattan, and our tour guide and company founder, Tony, greeted us with his awesome Brooklyn accent and instantly made us feel welcome. He’s a born and raised Brooklynite, proud of his borough and ready to show off it off. This tour gives you such a great look into Brooklyn, showing you its rich history and takes you through several neighborhoods and sites that would probably take you days to see if you weren’t with an expert like Tony guiding the way.
Looking into Chinatown as we leave Manhattan.
As we cross the Manhattan bridge you get spectacular views of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan.
A few minutes after we arrived in Brooklyn we headed off the bus and Tony lead us through some amazing spots in Brooklyn Heights. Beautiful treelined streets filled with stunning brownstones. He explains so much of the history of the neighborhood and different buildings, like did you know Brooklyn Heights was America’s first suburb?
Tony pointed out that the brown streets signs (as opposed to the green ones) let you know you’re in a historic district.
We headed down to the Promenade, where you get STUNNING river views. And yes, peoples windows actually face these views. Can you imagine waking up to this everyday? Wow!
This home at 70 Willow Street was built in 1839 and was once home to the author Truman Capote. It’s now home to the creator of Grand Theft Auto (video game), he purchased it for 12.5 million in 2012!
This corner home at 19 Cranberry Street was the home Cher lived in with her family in the 1987 movie “Moonstruck”.
The scene from the movie – notice Cher about to turn the corner.
As we continued our adventure through Brooklyn Heights, you walk down the most beautiful streets. I can assure you, our entire group was dreaming of living in one of these beautiful brownstones. (if it weren’t for that pesky $8 million price tag!).
We walked by The Plymouth Church founded in 1847, it’s a beautiful building filled with so much history. Tony spent a few minutes really explaining to us what this place represents and its place in the Underground Railroad.
For lunch we went to the famous and the original Junior’s Restaurant. For our tour, you have the choice of a couple different sandwich options, and they bring fries, potato salad and the most delicious pickles I’ve ever had in my entire life. I ordered a turkey sandwich, my husband got the pastrami. Then, for dessert, they serve a slice of cheesecake. There is nothing like it. So creamy, and light, the bottom is a thin layer of cake rather than the typical graham cracker crust. We also got to try an egg cream, which actually doesn’t have egg or cream in it! You choose either chocolate or vanilla syrup, milk and seltzer. Lunch was amazing!
Some of the famous faces that love Juniors!
After eating all that food we were all glad to get back on the comfy bus and sit back and enjoy the tour. We drove through so many neighborhoods seeing so many sites and movie locations along the way.
The Brooklyn Musem.
Ebbets field was home to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the wall from the outfield still remains next to this apartment complex. Showing us original pictures while driving in front of the location helps you to imagine what it was really like so long ago.
Our last stop of the tour was at Green-wood Cemetery. Founded in 1838 it’s actually a historic national landmark. The grounds are stunning, over 560,000 people are laid to rest there, from famous athletes to Civil War generals.
The beautiful stained glass windows inside the chapel.
The drive back to Manhattan has more amazing views. We drove along the waterfront and passed by some of the most famous New York bridges.
This tour has so much to offer. I didn’t even mention half of what we got to see or experience! This tour isn’t just for tourists, anyone wanting to see and know Brooklyn better will love it. Canada, Australia and all over the US, including right here in New York were represented on this tour. Both tours I’ve been on had repeat customers, which tells you how much people love it! It’s just a beautiful way to spend your day learning and experiencing this amazing borough, in the company of others and enjoying great food. Not to mention you don’t have to drive or worry about transportation! Just sit back and let Tony lead the way!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these Brooklyn Tour posts as much as I have! I have definitely fallen in love with Brooklyn! Thank you to A Slice of Brooklyn Bus tours for such an amazing experience! Be sure to head over to there website to book tickets for your next tour!