A Taste of Jewish New York

Timeline Touring/ LoVer East Side Tours

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Activity #943

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Description

Jewish New York comes to life on this walking tour through Borough Park, Brooklyn!
The Chasidic community of Borough Park is little known, somewhat mysterious and often misunderstood.  Now you can get an insider tour of Borough Park, and learn about their lifestyle while walking through the neighborhood streets.
  • See the unique Hasidic community that dresses in 18th century garb
  • Learn about the inner workings of this neighborhood- their customs, organizations and political activities
  • Walk-by neighborhood synagogues and schools and learn about their history and affiliation
  • Stroll through a lively shopping area where you will find everything from traditional foods, to the latest in electronics and the world’s largest Judaica store.
  • Visit a Matzo Bakery where you will see matzo baked by hand, according to ancient tradition (This is available only when the matzo bakery is operating- from December through Passover)
Borough Park is just a short train ride from Manhattan, but this part of 21st century New York City is reminiscent of old time Europe…with an ultra modern twist! See how a cherished culture of yesteryear endures alongside up-to-date technology and urbanization.
As with our original Lower East Side tour, this Brooklyn, New York Tour is unique. You don't just learn about objects, you'll experience the passion, the life, the hopes and realizations of real people. Learn about those who made this city great, and meet their living descendants who keep it alive and thriving.

Come with us, not just to tour but for an adventure!


Pease note: Out of respect to local culture modest attire is requested. No shorts, low necklines or sleeveless clothing.

Meeting Location

Intersection of Fort Hamilton Parkway and 44th St (Brooklyn, NY) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Reviews

20 Reviews Rating: 4.9 4.9 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Tour of Borough Park
Sun, Apr 17  9:45 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The Confirmation Class from Congregation Ner Tamid in Las Vegas, NV
Rating: 5
Outstanding Tour!
Sun, Mar 27  10:45 AM Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
 
Lucy and I have taken lots of walking tours with lots of various tour guides. Both of us agree that Jeff and Timeline Touring are absolutely the best, the most enjoyable, and the most educational tour we have ever taken. Jeff really is so enthusiastic about his work, it is easy to see he is having as much fun as his audience. Jeff knows everything about Borough Park Brooklyn that both Lucy and I learned a lot. This is truly a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. Thank you Jeff! We will be taking other tours you offer in the future.
 
Rating: 5
wonderful journey to a different world
Sun, Mar 6  1:15 PM Female 60-69 Local Other
 
Our leader was extremely knowledgeable about the area. We began at the hand made matzoh factory which was different from what I expected Our group was comprised of my husband and myself and 2 friends. No question was left unanswered along our walk. We discussed culture, education and religious beliefs of the people who lived in Borough Park I came away with a deeper appreciation
Rating: 5
interesting and informative
Sun, Jan 3  9:45 AM Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
 
I (nonpracticing Jew) and my friend (Gentile, a woman photographer) enjoyed the tour very much, and learned a lot. Jeff has infectious enthusiasm - as well as his solid fund of knowledge - and I'd happily do another tour with him. Visiting the matzo bakery first is genius planning! We were instantly hooked. My friend got lots of good pictures.
Rating: 5
Informative Tour
Sun, Dec 27, 15  9:45 AM Female 70+ Local Individual
 
Our tour leader was very informative and accommodating.
Rating: 5
Fascinating Cultural Tour
Sun, Dec 6, 15  9:45 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
This tour was a great experience that I'd highly recommend. I've lived in NYC for nearly two years and had never visited Borough Park; in fact, I wouldn't have known where to start when it comes to understanding the nuances of the local Hasidic community. Steve's tour was informative and entertaining, and I left feeling like I had a window into another culture. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a unique NYC experience that's much cooler than the typical Broadway/Empire State Building type of stuff.
Rating: 5
Very knowledgeable guide
Sun, Nov 15, 15  9:45 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
We're native New Yorkers, and we learned a lot.
Rating: 5
Enthusiastic Overview-Hasidic Life in Borough Park
Sun, Oct 11, 15  9:45 AM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
A great tour where we learnt a lot about Hasidic life in Borough Park. We saw sites relating to worship & study, education, food preparation & sale. Our tour leader was well-informed & enthusiastically answered a variety of questions from our small group.
Rating: 5
The tour was great!
Sun, Sep 20, 15  9:45 AM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
Our tour was great! It was just myself and a good friend. Jeff Altman was wonderful and very knowledgeable too. He was more then willing to answer all our questions. We could of spent more time with him.
Rating: 5
Informative
Sun, Aug 2, 15  9:45 AM Female Unspecified Local Group of Friends
 
Excellent tour. Guide very informed and ready to answer any questions you may have.

Worthwhile.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa or Mastercard only. Cash is not accepted.
Do you have to be Jewish to appreciate the Borough Park Tour?
No, absolutely not! This tour is a fun learning experience that brings Jewish New York to life -no matter what your background is.
Can a New Yorker gain anything from this tour, or is it only for tourists?
Native New York residents are surprised by how much they can learn about their own city and the people that live in it!
Is this tour suitable for children?
Most definitely. Borough Park is very family oriented and kids love this tour.
Do I need to buy a ticket for my young child?
Children under age 3 may come on the tour for free, but we ask that you ensure they do not disrupt the tour.
How far is Borough Park from Mid-town Manhattan?
The train ride from Mid-town (on the "D" train) is only around 32 minutes! The trip by car is also quick on Sunday mornings when there is no traffic. Once you register for the tour, detailed directions will be provided.
Is there a place to sit during the tour? Are restrooms available?
Seating and restrooms are available in the Matzo Bakery.
Does the tour operate in inclement weather?
Yes, the tour operates rain or shine. In case of inclement weather we make sure to make frequent indoor stops along the way.
Is there a dress code?
Out of respect to local culture modest attire is requested. No halter or tank tops or short shorts.
Where does the tour end?
The tour ends in the heart of Borough Park's shopping district, 2 short blocks from the D train station.
Where is parking available?
On Sunday mornings, when this tour begins, street parking is readily available.
How long does the tour last? How much walking is involved?
The tour lasts about two and a half hours, and we will be walking much of that time. We walk at a moderate pace.
Are any snacks or refreshments served on the tour?
At the Matzo bakery free samples of freshly baked Matzo are handed out to tour participants. There are also numerous places along the tour route where you can purchase refreshments at your own cost.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes. Please make sure to bring a camera or video camera to capture the sights.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes. If you are interested in booking a private tour, please click on the "Contact Timeline" link to email us your request. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Are gift certificates available for this tour?
If you are interested in purchasing this tour for someone as a gift, please click on the "Contact Timeline" link to email us your request. We will be in touch with you to make arrangements.

About

Timeline Touring/ LoVer East Side Tours

Timeline Touring/ LoVer East Side Tours was founded by Jeffrey Altman, a lifelong resident of New York City's Jewish community. Jeff loves NYC - the excitement, the vibrancy, and of course the ethnic flavor. He wanted to share this passion for his hometown and let others experience a unique part of NYC that he grew up with.

Timeline Touring/ LoVer East Side Tours is for visitors and native New Yorkers who are not satisfied with the typical New York City tourist spots, and who want to gain access to the vast cultural expanse that is modern-day New York. Only in Jewish New York can you see a world that exists as if it were pre-war Warsaw, Budapest or Prague - in the beauty of its own cherished heritage. Timeline/ LoVer East Side Tours enables you to step back in time as you visit a way of life which you may have assumed had all but disappeared. Spend some time with our warm, friendly guides, and you will feel the spirit of New York City's Jewish culture - a culture celebrated for its vast contribution to both the ancient and modern worlds.
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