Energetic, eclectic Brooklyn tours from a veteran guide.
Why tours with guide Norman Oder?
See enthusiastic reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. As cited in Frommer's NYC, the Michelin Green Guide, & Rough Guide to NYC.
"Mr. Oder has an encyclopedic knowledge of the borough..."
--Wall Street Journal
"...incredibly knowledgeable, dynamic, and engaging."
--Trip Advisor reviewer
Veteran Brooklyn tour guide Norman Oder has designed these tours--mainly walking and public transit--to be wider-ranging and faster-paced than most. (Most tours require 2-4 miles of steady walking, but can be adapted to your pace. Vehicle tours can range farther.)
These tours, all led and booked by Norman, a longtime Brooklynite, are geared to energetic, curious people, and have attracted enthusiastic visitors of all ages, from student groups to seniors.
While exploring Brooklyn, we aim to understand the history of what we see, what's changed, and why. The idea, as one tour guest aptly put it, is to get the gestalt of a neighborhood, with more depth and nuance than web or print materials can provide. And, of course, we can snack, shop, see art, and have other adventures.
Why visit Brooklyn neighborhoods?
Brooklyn would be the nation's fourth-largest city if it were independent. When you visit Brooklyn with me, you learn about the ebb and flow of Brooklyn history, especially its fascinating and uneven rebirth, and witness its diversity, complexity, charm, and challenges.
My tours can focus on Brooklyn highlights, specific neighborhoods, or multiple areas. I try to be more lively/entertaining than an "academic" tour, but more substantive than a "let's have fun" tour. I'm intrigued, enthused, and sometimes irked by the places we see.
"Brooklyn" has become media shorthand for some neighborhoods within the larger borough, part of the evolving Brooklyn "brand." I can introduce you to some of those neighborhoods, but, remember, Brooklyn is larger and more populous than the City of Paris.
First steps to your Brooklyn tour
You can book a private version of any listed tours, which usually start at 2.5 hours, and can request modifications. The tours rely mainly on foot and public transit, though vehicles can be used.
Those new to Brooklyn might consider Brooklyn 101 (Park Slope, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Heights, Fulton Ferry) as an introduction, or the longer Brooklyn 202 (which adds Fort Greene & Clinton Hill). Then again, you may be more interested in Williamsburg, or Jewish neighborhoods, or other areas. I'm happy to discuss it with you.
Please check tour pages, fees, and FAQ, then get in touch.