Rick was thoroughly entertaining, both for his local experience and knowledge of the neighborhood as well as his home grown personality. Every block he was saying hello to some guy on the street or busting the chops of an old friend who happened to be a Mets fan after the Mets lost in the subway series game. Rick is just a local guy (3 generations of his family still live nearby) with a thirst for local knowledge which he accumulates from research, current events, local folk lore and personal experience/interest.
I live in Connecticut and never really explored Brooklyn. After this tour, I fell in love with the neighborhood. I did this tour with a friend in from Germany. I will probably go again with my 'parents.
I did 3 walking tours in Paris about 2 weeks ago and this was better than all of them simply for the local flare and great pizza at the end.