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New York Like A Native

Touring Brooklyn (& beyond) since 2000: on foot, public transit, vehicles
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Brooklyn 101 tour
Brooklyn 202 tour
Brooklyn by Bus/Vehicle
Ft. Greene & Clinton Hill
DUMBO (& more) tour
Williamsburg tours
Greenpoint tour
Williamsburg + Greenpoint
Bushwick+E. Williamsburg
Coney Island (& Brighton)
Victorian Flatbush/Ditmas
Bedford-Stuyvesant tour
Sunset Park tour
Cob. Hill/Carroll Gardens
Brooklyn Heights & Bridge
Crown Heights Tour
Park Slope (& more) tours
Lower East Side tour
Atlantic Yards/Pac. Park
Bay Ridge Tour
Dyker Heights Xmas Lights
Brooklyn Jewish tours
Only in Brooklyn: Photos
Moving to/Studying in BK
JFK/Cruise Ship layover
Dessert/Pizza/Food tours
Brooklyn Maps, Books, etc
Queens: LIC, Court Square
Exploring Brooklyn (& More): Eclectic, Energetic, Insightful Tours

See reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. As mentioned in Frommer's NYC, the Michelin Green Guide, & Rough Guide to NYC

"Mr. Oder has an encyclopedic knowledge of the borough..." 

--Wall Street Journal, 11/17/07

Brooklyn specialist Norman Oder has designed these tours--mainly walking and public transit, though vehicles can work--to be wider-ranging and faster-paced than most. 

The tours are geared to energetic, independent-minded people, including student groups and delegations, who seek more than just the tourist basics. 

The goal: but an effort to understand the landscape in multiple ways: historical, cultural, retail, architectural, residential, political. Clues help us decipher the block, neighborhood, borough, and city. And, of course, we snack, see art, and otherwise explore.

The tours rely mainly on foot and public transit, though variations using vehicles are available, as are custom tours. All tours are led by Norman Oder. Scheduled public tours are infrequent, but listed here. This page on Brooklyn maps should be helpful. 

(Above left, one of the city's best blocks: South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene. At right, a view of the Pratt campus and its sculpture garden.)

Walking Brooklyn, discovering Brooklyn

Brooklyn would be the nation's fourth-largest city if it were independent. On these tours, you learn why Brooklyn was (and remains) important, learn about its heyday and decline, explore its fascinating and uneven recovery, and witness its diversity, its complexity, its charm, and its challenges.

Neighborhood tours allow participants to learn not merely about the built environment they see but also the forces behind it. Tours are experiences, and the research is clear: people value experiences more than stuff. 

Sometimes it's seeing a bridal party at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Visiting a stoop sale with homemade cupcakes. Viewing the Manhattan skyline from various Brooklyn outposts. An impromptu visit to The Dinner Party. Checking out the sculpture garden at Pratt. Spending five hours traversing a set of neighborhoods, seeing things change block by block.

Encountering an art gallery tricked out to be a fake real estate agency spurred by a controversial rezoning. Ending a tour having earned a healthy appetite for the food and drink that awaits. Taking the new East River Ferry to skip among waterfront neighborhoods.

The borough is vast. Do recognize that "Brooklyn" has become media shorthand for a few highly-publicized neighborhoods--including several of those in my tour repertoire. See this essay about Brooklyn's real demographics, and this essay regarding how the Brooklyn "brand" has evolved.

And, yes, I offer tours in Manhattan and Queens, focusing on places linked to Brooklyn.

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Tours of Brooklyn on foot, using public transit, and by vehicle

Private versions of listed tours are available, as are custom orientation tours for newcomers and re-connecti
on tours for ex-Brooklynites and their families. Private tours include detailed, personalized advice, when appropriate.

Public tours are scheduled infrequently, on weekends. Private tours should be available on most days, though it's good to reserve ahead of time, especially in busier months.

See details of tours by location at left, andguidance on Private Tours.

Contact Me here. Yes, I'm periodically on Twitter (@TouringBrooklyn) and Facebook (New York Like A Native).

(At right, the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch at Grand Army Plaza. Below, a street corner in Bushwick, home to notable street art. Bridge image at top: Ad Meskens.)