Energetic, eclectic private tours of Brooklyn neighborhoods from a veteran guide.
Why tours with 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
"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, but can be adapted to your pace. Vehicle tours can range farther.)
These tours are geared to energetic, independent-minded people, including student groups. 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. And, of course, we can snack, shop, see art, and have other adventures.
Why visit Brooklyn?
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 introduce you to Brooklyn highlights, to specific neighborhoods, or multiple areasbut can. But please recognize that the borough is vast, and that "Brooklyn" has become media shorthand for some highly-publicized neighborhoods.
Such neighborhoods can be fun and intriguing to explore and decode, especially with a guide who's seen them change. But also note Brooklyn's complex demographics, and the evolving Brooklyn "brand."
First steps to your Brooklyn tour
I offer private versions of any listed tours and can modify them for you. 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, you may be more interested in Williamsburg, or Jewish neighborhoods, or other areas. Please check tour pages, fees, and FAQ (linked above), then get in touch.