Explore Preservation and Change in Brooklyn With Walking Tours of the Borough

Bushwick. Photo by Susan De Vries


    Get out into the borough with multiple tours exploring history and transformation in Brooklyn neighborhoods.

    You can walk and learn with the Municipal Art Society on tours in East New York, Brighton Beach, Crown Heights and Bushwick during the month of March.

    The major rezoning of their community has local advocates concerned about the future of East New York. Join Zulmilena Then and Farrah Lafontant of Preserving East New York (PENY) for a look at the architectural treasures that locals have identified as important to the community. The walk on Saturday, March 16 includes a stop at the most recent designated landmark in the community, the Empire State Dairy.

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    Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, East New York. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Social historian Melanie Macchio will explore the changing dynamic of Brighton Beach on Sunday, March 17. Walk the streets of the neighborhood known as Little Odessa while hearing the stories of those who have lived and worked in the neighborhood.

    The farmland of Crown Heights South was transformed in the 20th century with large scale residential and commercial developments. Join historians Suzanne Spellen and Morgan Munsey on Saturday, March 23 for a trek through Brooklyn old and new.

    Preservationist Joe Svehlak explores the ongoing transformation of Bushwick on Saturday, March 30. Delve into an exploration of everything from the Dutch roots of the old town to the development of Rheingold Gardens.

    All tours are $40, $20 for MAS members. For more information on all the tours and to purchase tickets, visit their website here.

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