Saturday, May 19, 2007

It's Brooklyn Tour Season Again!

Red Hook Sunset ThreeBrooklyn tour season is upon us, and there is much coming up. Here are two pending events. One takes place today (5/19) and is sponsored by BCUE, which keeps up a full schedule of superb Brookly tours. The other comes from the Municipal Art Society, which always offers incredible panels and excursions.

1) The Red Hook Walking Tour sponsored by BCUE, the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment is today (5/19) from 2PM-4PM. Meet up at Columbia and Carroll Streets. The tour is being led by Francis Morrone. Described by BCUE as follows: "Red Hook is one of the fastest-changing and hottest neighborhoods in New York. Explore the storied past, when Erie Basin and Atlantic Basin were two of the world's greatest shipping facilities, and the Todd Shipyards and Revere Sugar made Red Hook one of the city's economic engines. Learn about the neighborhood's decline from its industrial heyday, the changes underway, and a future mired in controversy." The tour is $13 for non-members and $10 for members.

2) Go, Go, Gowanus Walking Tour. On Saturday, May 26, the Municipal Art Society is sponsoring a Gowanus tour from 11AM-2PM. Meet at Smith and President Street outside the Eckerd. MAS describes the tour thus: "Join this Municipal Art Society walking tour to explore the wide banks of Brooklyn's most famous canal. Before crossing one of the oldest retractile bridges in the United States, visit the Carroll Gardens Historic District, a singular brownstone enclave distinguished by a remarkable street plan. Learn the history of the canal and the surrounding, though faded, industrual zone. Leader: Matt Postal, architectural historian." The tour is $15; $12 for MAS members.
Fee: $15, $12 MAS members

(Our thanks to Queens Crap, who does a stupendous job of chronicling things in our neighbor to the north, Queens. QC included these in an email and we would have totally forgotten about them otherswise. If you haven't been to Queens Crap, check it out. It's required reading to keep tabs on what's happening in Queens.)

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