- We'll look first at Brooklyn Heights, whose luckiest residents enjoy jaw-dropping views of the Manhattan skyline.
- In Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens – two more gracious brownstone districts – we'll check out the varied ethnic cuisines on offer along Smith St., the newest of Brooklyn's highly touted restaurant rows.
- Then we'll ride the subway to Coney Island, the century-old seaside playground now in the midst of a remarkable revival.
- A stroll along the boardwalk brings us to Brighton Beach, where the language most commonly heard on the streets is Russian.
- Another subway will speed us to Flatbush, where stunning Victorian mansions in Ditmas Park are just steps from a bustling West Indian business district.
- We'll also check out Prospect Park – bigger (and perhaps more beautiful) than Central Park.
- We've saved some of the best for last: a stroll through two adjacent neighborhoods called Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, both filled with exquisite homes in a wide variety of styles.
What Is Not Included?
You will, however, receive a detailed listing of the most prominent sites visited; printed suggestions on good Brooklyn restaurants (there are hundreds of them!); and information of other worthwhile New York attractions you might not discover on your own.
- Would rainy weather result in cancellation of this tour?
- No, we'll go rain or shine. In fact, we'd cancel the tour only if there were a snowstorm which shut down the NYC subway system!
- Are children welcome?
- Yes, indeed! There's plenty of visual stimulation along the way. Most kids enjoy subway rides, too, as well as looking out of bus windows. Coney Island is also a kick for them, during the months when its rides and other amusements are open. What's more, kids under twelve may come along with their parents at no additional cost.
- Where does this tour end?
- We'll conclude our tour near where it began: near the Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street subway stations.
- Are there any good restaurants near the finishing point?
- Yes, you'll be close to Junior's, famous for cheesecake that may be the world's best. There are also some wonderful dining opportunities available in the Fort Greene area: Thai, Cambodian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Haitian, South African, Italian and more.
- What should I bring?
- You'll want comfortable walking shoes, and perhaps a bottle of water. An all-day (or all-week) MTA pass good for unlimited subway and bus rides is a sound investment, too.
- Is this tour conducted only in English?
- Yes. However, because the tourguide has spent a dozen years living in countries where English isn't the first language, he's become rather adept at speaking slowly and clearly.
- Can I arrange for a private tour?
- Of course you can! To inquire about making arrangements for such a tour, just click on the "Contact SwingStreets" link.
- Are gift certificates available?
- They are. If you're interested in purchasing one, please contact SwingStreets by clicking on the "Contact SwingStreets" link.
- Do you offer discounts to travel agents?
- Yes. Query Zerve for details.