Energetic, eclectic private tours of Brooklyn neighborhoods from a veteran guide.
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
"You can take a private guided tour with the man who knows it best..."
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, though they can be adapted to your pace. They also can be adapted to vehicles.)
These tours are geared to energetic, independent-minded people, including student groups and delegations. While exploring Brooklyn, we aim to understand the history of what we see, what's changed, and why. There's lots to decode.
The idea, as one tour guest aptly put it, is to get the gestalt of a neighborhood. And, of course, we can snack, shop, see art, and have other adventures.
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.
Brooklyn neighborhood tours allow participants to learn not merely about the built environment they see but also the forces behind it.
Please keep in mind that Brooklyn is vast. Also recognize that "Brooklyn" has become media shorthand for a few highly-publicized neighborhoods--including several in my tour list. See this essay about Brooklyn's real demographics, and this essay on how the Brooklyn "brand" has evolved. That's why there's so much to observe, and discuss.
I offer private versions of any listed tours and can modify them for your interest. The tours rely mainly on foot and public transit, though vehicles can be used.
For those new to Brooklyn, I recommend Brooklyn 101 (Park Slope, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Heights, Fulton Ferry), or the longer Brooklyn 202 (which adds Fort Greene & Clinton Hill). Then again, some visitors are more interested in Williamsburg, or Jewish neighborhoods, or other specific neighborhoods. We can discuss.