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New York Times Journeys - Brooklyn Walking Tour with Food Tasting & Beer

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Take a trip into 'The New York Times’ much-loved “36 Hours” travel column in one day! Explore one of the city’s most intriguing districts, Dumbo, where artists and innovators are making their mark. This tour is inspired by tips from Times journalists and local experts, giving you a taste of the best things to see, do, eat and drink in New York City. Expect a local's perspective, hands-on experiences and behind-the-scenes access courtesy of The New York Times'.

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Stop At: Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, NY 10038

Start your tour in iconic Manhattan before hopping the commuter ferry for a short ride across the East River to Brooklyn, with great views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. (Note that as the ferry leaves shortly after the tour starts, you must be on time. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early to the meeting point to ensure you don't miss boarding.) Land in Dumbo, named not for the elephant, but because it is “down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass.” Long home to shipping piers and industrial warehouses, this charming and historic neighborhood is now one of the most desirable in Brooklyn because of its access to the waterfront, breathtaking views and historic architecture.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-9750

Walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park, built largely on those old piers, to learn how the waterfront changed from a source of food to a thriving industrial area (where entrepreneurs did everything from process tobacco to create the first cardboard boxes), to an unsafe abandoned slum, and finally to what it is today: a beautiful park for recreation and home to modern businesses. Stop at Jane’s Carousel, from a 1920s amusement park. It was purchased by a local artist who restored it, and a glass-enclosed ride offers a view of modern Manhattan from a historic perch.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Empire Stores, 53-83 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

At the Empire Stores, you’ll see the latest transformation. This brick warehouse block is believed to be the first place coffee was commercially roasted and processed, but was abandoned for many years as shipping moved elsewhere. Now, it has been revived as a community space with shops, cafes and restaurants, rotating art exhibits and an outpost of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Take in the panorama of Manhattan from a secret viewpoint.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Water Street, Water St, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Get an early morning peek at one of the city's hottest new food halls. Curated by a local publication, Time Out Market features over two dozen food and drink stands from local chefs and restaurants. It's nestled inside the historic Empire Stores and provides a glimpse at Brooklyn's very exciting dining scene. We'll give expert recommendations for the best stalls to sample food from and where to visit later for lunch or dinner.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: POWERHOUSE Arena, 28 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Walk down the old cobblestone streets to see more of the old warehouses and factories that have been converted into lofts, restaurants and art galleries. Stop at Powerhouse Arena. It’s a bookstore specializing in books on art and photography, as well as a space for art exhibitions and literary events, including book readings, launch parties and panel discussions. Meet an employee to talk about the community activities that happen here, and about the literary and art communities that inspire and visit the space

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Manhattan Bridge, South Street and FDR Drive, New York City, NY 10002

Pass under the Manhattan Bridge archway and into another part of the neighborhood to visit the Brooklyn Roasting Company. It is housed in an old building that was part of the historic Arbuckles’ Coffee company, whose roasted coffee was a favorite of cowboys for years. Brooklyn Roasting has brought the coffee tradition back to the waterfront. Learn about their history and how it ties into the neighborhood’s past. Of course, have the chance to sample some coffee, which is curated and blended from beans from all over the world.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Head farther into Dumbo and learn about the growing startup and tech world in the neighborhood. Get an exclusive peek into an artist's studio where you will meet them, learn about their process, and see their latest works in progress.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Randolph Beer DUMBO, 82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Finally, stop at the hidden gem Randolph Beer. Craft brewing is all the rage, but the Randolph goes it one better and serves its beer where it’s made. Learn about the growing craft beer scene in Brooklyn, and have the opportunity to pull your own beer from the tap (not included). (You can’t get much more local than that!) This is a great place to end the tour if you'd like to have some lunch, beer, or just reflect on how far Brooklyn has come, yet how close it remains to its roots.

Duration: 15 minutes


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • One ferry ticket
  • One pastry or a coffee


  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that this tour starts with a ferry ride, which boards immediately after the tour start time. Please allow plenty of time to reach the meeting point, as any delays would cause the entire group to miss the ferry. We cannot guarantee your guide will wait for late arrivals.
  • You will be in a small group with a maximum of 12 people.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
  • Dress comfortably and appropriate for the weather.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • In an effort to eliminate waste, we recommend that you upload your voucher on a mobile device. We do not need a physical copy of your voucher
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing.Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Terms & Conditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Voucher Info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Local operator information

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

Schedule & Info

Departure Point
Pier 11 / Wall St., South St, New York, NY 10005, USA

Departure Time
9:00 AM

3 hours

Return Details
82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA


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