Layover tours in Brooklyn: from Cruise Terminal, airport, or train
What to do when you have a few hours in Brooklyn: a lot!
Are you looking to see some of Brooklyn during a brief stopover at John F. Kennedy Airport? The Brooklyn Cruise Ship Terminal?
What if you're in a hotel in Brooklyn and have a few hours to spend?
I can provide a tour, based on Private Tour rates, customized to your time frame (minimum charge is for 2.5 hours) and interests. (Please my services involve visiting Brooklyn, not Manhattan. If you want to go to Manhattan from JFK, see advice here.)
From Downtown Brooklyn hotels
There's much to see and, of course, many opportunities for a meal or snack. For those at a Downtown Brooklyn hotel, I can provide a variation of the Brooklyn 101 or Brooklyn 202 tours, ensuring that you get back to the hotel in time for your deadline. For those at hotels located elsewhere, I can also adapt a tour.
John F. Kennedy Airport layovers
For those visiting the JFK airport, which is east of East New York (see map), I recommend either a taxi or a subway (or LIRR) trip to a meeting place of mutual convenience, such as Downtown Brooklyn, Atlantic Terminal or Park Slope. Please note travel time of 25+ minutes by vehicle or 40+ minutes by subway. (I can meet you at the airport for an additional fee.)
Here's info on luggage storage at JFK, but if you're returning, you might even be able to check your luggage through. That will make everything simpler.
Red Hook Cruise Ship Terminal
For those coming into the Cruise Ship Terminal in Red Hook, you have several options. If you're ending your trip there and taking your luggage, please note that there's no luggage storage there. A new mobile luggage-storage company can pick up and hold your luggage (though it won't deliver it to the airport).
Alternatively, if you only have a few hours between the cruise and your flight--and you're going to have to pay for luggage storage and a ride to the airport--it might be more cost-effective to hire a car and just keep it for the tour as well. Several clients have done that.
If you're going back to the ship, so you're not hauling your luggage, I can meet you there, and we can walk around the intriguing neighborhood of Red Hook. Or you can take a taxi/car service to meet me nearby in Carroll Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn, or even Park Slope. That's 5-15 minutes away by vehicle.
Getting a vehicle
Note that yellow taxis, while available at the airport, typically don't cruise Brooklyn. There are now green "borough taxis" (with meters) that cruise Brooklyn and can pick up street hails. And, of course, Uber and Lyft are widespread. Brooklyn also has car services (no meters, no street hailing; establish price before you get in) available by phone.
JFK Airport is a good distance east of most Brooklyn neighborhoods
The Cruise Ship terminal is near several prime Brooklyn neighborhoods
Among the tours we could do, mostly on foot, are Red Hook, Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn 101, Brooklyn 202, DUMBO/Fulton Ferry/Vinegar Hill, Fort Greene & Clinton Hill, and Park Slope.
But if we have a vehicle, we can see pieces of several neighborhoods, and go further afield, to such neighborhoods as Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Flatbush.