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

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Rating: 5
Awesome info very interestin
Sun, Apr 19  9:45 AM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Nice
Rating: 5
Very instructive tour and enjoyable.
Sun, Mar 29  2:45 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
I've been living in NYC for over 10 years and never been in Boro Park. This tour was worth every penny. The tour guide, Jeff, was very well versed in the hasidic customs and other topics and I was absorbed by the stories of the places we visited. The visit to the Matzo factory was impressive.. I would have wanted to visit the inside of a synagogue. Perhaps in the Lower East Side tour which I'll be taking as well.

At the end of the tour in Eichler's I bought a book recommended by the guide : Out of the Depths. It is a very touching memoir by Rabbi Israel Meir Lau. I will also recommend its reading.

Thanks for giving us this opportunity.

Gracie
Rating: 5
Very informative and interesting
Sun, Mar 15  9:45 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the life of a Chasidic Jew in Borough Park to include career, dating, keeping kosher, marriage, schools and entertainment to name a few. We especially enjoyed visiting the handmade matzo bakery to see how one woman managed so many men on an assembly line, to stay on time. We also liked eating the rugelach at Weiss Bakery. The only negative would be that high school kids are a more appropriate age for the tour as there is a lot of detailed information and concepts that younger children might not grasp.
Rating: 5
Fun and informative
Sun, Nov 30, 14  9:45 AM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
Jeff was a terrific guide. We were the only 2 on the tour, and he customized things to our interests and knowledge level. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to others.
Rating: 5
Tour of Borough Park
Sun, Nov 9, 14  9:45 AM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
We had a great 2 hours of interesting and a fascinating culture. Learned a lot of things and would highly recommend this tour.

Thank you again,

best regards,

Rebecca
Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sun, Jan 20, 13  10:15 AM Male 20-29 Local Family Without Children
 
Strongly recommend!
Rating: 4
Recommend
Sun, Dec 21, 08  1:00 PM Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Jeff, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the Boro Park community. He provided a good background of the Hasidic community in addition to a walking tour. He was a genuninely nice person. My only suggestion would have been to have been able to see more of Boro Park other than the commercial activity. I would recommend this tour to a friend.
Rating: 5
Informative and pleasant
Sun, Dec 21, 08  1:00 PM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
I found the tour very interesting. The tour guide was clearly well-informed and the experience was quite pleasant all 'round. I would definitely recommend it to anybody interested in this area of town/population.
Rating: 5
two thumbs up
Sun, Mar 18, 07  10:15 AM Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
 
Simply a wonderful tour, conducted in a warm and engaging way. Thank you so much.
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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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