Meeting time: 08:45 AM
Duration: about 5 hours
Enjoy a fascinating journey through Brooklyn's mosaic of ethnic neighborhoods, where one out of every eight Americans can claim his ancestry. See the charming Brooklyn Heights, nestled in ivy-covered brownstones and tree lined streets, which was once home to writers such as Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller and Tenessee Williams.
Brooklyn is home to world class cultural institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn College and Prospect Park. It is also the birthplace of many famous American icons like Barbara Streisand, Larry King, Woody Allen, Jackie Gleason, Spike Lee, George Gershwin and Jerry Seinfeld, just to name a few.
Stop for coffee in trendy Park Slope, whose elegant brownstones and limestones are unmatched by any in the city. Learn about the lively Middle Eastern section on Atlantic Avenue and the famed Jewish Orthodox neighborhood of Borough Park. See the attractive Carribean enclave of Crowne Heights, also home to the Lubavitch congregation. Drive through predominantly Italian-American Sheepshead Bay, known for its fishing port and casino boats. Visit the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach, nicknamed "Little Odessa" and take a stroll along the 6-mile-long boardwalk of Coney Island. Enjoy the ocean breezes as you munch on one of Nathan's famous hot dogs.
Before heading back to Manhattan, discover artsy Williamsburg, a once industrial landscape transformed into a thriving art community.