New York’s ubiquitous Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises is jumping on the Brooklyn bandwagon and offering its first-ever Kings County-specific tour this spring.
The two-hour “Hello Brooklyn” boat tour, which launches May 2, will feature a selection of homemade Brooklyn food and drink, demonstrating the intensity with which artisanal culture is now associated with the borough. Brooklyn Cupcake, Brooklyn Brewery, Junior’s, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Brooklyn Cured and Brooklyn Roasting Company are among the purveyors.
The tour will feature a brief historical narrative, including an explanation of how Brooklyn “relates to the sights of Manhattan and New Jersey.” Guides will also talk of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Gowanus Canal and Biggie Smalls.
The boat ride will start at Hudson River Park’s Pier 83 in Manhattan, pass Lady Liberty and cut through the Upper Bay to Bay Ridge (“a neighborhood made famous by disco dancing and John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever,” the brochure describes), hugging the shoreline and heading north past Sunset Park, Gownanus and Red Hook. Next, it will float down Buttermilk Channel on Governors Island’s east side, passing Dumbo, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
For the final leg, the cruise will float beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges before heading back to Pier 83.
Ironically, the majority of “Hello Brooklyn” passengers will ride on one of Circle Line’s two new boats, named the Circle Line Bronx and the Circle Line Staten Island.
Adult tickets start at $38, with children and seniors respectively costing $30 and $36. Check Circle Line’s website for availability.