Saturday, June 24, 2006

Rain, Rain Go Away: Cool Tours of Brighton Beach and Green-Wood Cemetery

Among the many weekend opportunities in Brooklyn, presuming no torrential downpours and assuming you're not going to the Mermaid Parade today in Coney Island (starting time: 2PM), are tours of Brighton Beach and of Green-Wood Cemetery.

The "Brighton Beach Memories" walking tour is sponsored by the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE). Learn about the Hotel Brighton and the Brighton Beach Baths, and see the Oceana apartments which now stand where the baths did. The tour is $11 and $9 for member and $8 for seniors and students. Meet under the elevated B/Q train at Brighton Beach and Coney Island avenues. It goes from 2-4 PM. Call (718) 788-8500, ext. 208, for more info.

The Big Onion Walking Tour takes in Green-Wood Cemetery at 5PM (which means that, in theory, you could do the Mermaid Parade and hit the cemetery afterward. The tour includes the history, architecture and info about the many New Yorkers enjoying eternal rest at Green-Wood. Visit DeWitt Clinton, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Leonard Bernstein and John "The Soda Fountain King" Matthews. Cost is $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Report to the Green-Wood Cemetery main entrance at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. Info at (212) 439-1090.

1 Comments:

Anonymous amg2000 said...

Nice of Moscow, Gowanus.


I used to hang out at Brighton during summers in the late 70s - mid 80s. The "glasnost" Russians had not arrived yet... the Russians who lived in Brighton were mostly Jewish and had fled the USSR years before. Moscow was called Gastronom Mockba (sorry, don't have Cyrillic characters), and they had $1.50 shots of ice cold Stolichnya. Nothing like coming off the hot beach for 5 or 6 of these, then going back out to bask in the sun.

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