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“Fascinating tour of Williamsburg”

Brooklyn Unplugged Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Brooklyn Unplugged provides public and private walking and culture tours of Brooklyn, NYC. Our off-the-beaten-path excursions reveal Brooklyn's neighborhoods, history and ethnic communities. See Brooklyn through the eyes of a local, from hip Williamsburg to quirky Coney Island. Expect to discover secret spots, meet cool people and learn fascinating tidbits. Visit creative shops, galleries and street art. Also learn the epic tale of Brooklyn's industrial and ethnic heritage. Scheduled public walking tours are led by energetic guides. Private tours are available covering neighborhoods, culture, history, and more. They are individually customized for an immersive, personal experience which can be done by foot, subway or chartered vehicle. Whether you're a first time visitor or seasoned New Yorker we promise you're gonna have a blast!
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

Jeff Stirewalt, a Brooklyn native, owner and tour guide, gave us a great overview of Williamsburgh Brooklyn which included distant and recent history, street art, culture, trends and new development. Jeff has done his research and has selected a route that provides insight into this rapidly changing area. We are from the NY metro area, but have not spent much time in Brooklyn and appreciated this guided introduction to an area we have been hearing so much about.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

I am pleased to share my experience of a wonderful walking tour of Williamsburg with the owner, Jeffrey, of Brooklyn Unplugged. The 2 plus hour tour incorporated both Williamsburg's past and present. Jeffrey has comprehensive knowledge of Brooklyn's past as well as the metamorphosis of Williamsburg from industrial center, to run down neighborhood to gentrified artistic neighborhood. He is entertaining and smart and even incorporated wonderful photos on his ipad from the neighborhood's past. He pointed out landmark buildings, street art, interesting shops and restaurants and told illustrative stories along the way.

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

My husband and I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Though we've visited friends in parts of Brooklyn, we felt unfamiliar with some of the newer up-and-coming neighborhoods and decided to take a 'vacation' to Brooklyn. We booked a private 4-hour tour with Jeff and a car with a driver, following an itinerary we worked out together in several conversations over the phone. We drove through Boerum Hill, Gowanus, and Red Hook, where we stopped at a wonderful chocolate factory/distillery. We then drove to Bushwick, where we had lunch at Roberta's - stupendous pizza. Then on to Bed-Stuy and some hip-hop sites, through Flatbush to Ditmas Park and its Victorian detached houses - who knew? We weren't able to complete the entire itinerary but that was somewhat expected. Jeff was a peerless guide - explaining the history of the various neighborhoods, buildings, and sites. He is incredibly knowledgable and has an obvious enthusiasm for the borough of Brooklyn. The following day we took Jeff's walking tour of Williamsburg which was equally fascinating and thorough. I would recommend this to anyone, tourist or New Yorker, as a great way to get to know this thriving transformed neighborhood. We have walked through Williamsburg before but had no idea of the history. Now we do. We have gained a real appreciation for this wonderful part of our city, thanks to Jeff.

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

We were a mom (early 60's) and daughter (33) who had visited Manhattan but never been to Brooklyn. We wanted a bit of history, local info, and food. This tour fit the bill perfectly; Jeff knew tons of history about the area including architecture, politics, and interesting anecdotes. He tailored the tour to our requests. We both had a fun enjoyable afternoon exploring Brooklyn.

Thank bkazzz
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

I did the Williamsburg Walking Tour with Jeff and it was a great experience! He's a lifelong Brooklyn resident and had a wealth of knowledge about the city. There were no other travelers signed up for the tour that day so it turned out to be a private tour with just me and three of my friends. I had lots of questions for him ranging from food to culture to history to demographics to gentrification and even real estate development. By the end, I turned the tour into an quite different itinerary than Jeff had planned for us. Luckily he was quick to pivot and happy to share the stories of this community.

He talked about the history of the neighborhood and how influential Williamsburg industry was in the development of New York City. We talked about recent changes and gentrification of the community, the hipsters, the new residential and commercial develoment that has happeneed and we went into a few great foodie shops (a cheese store and Mast Brothers chocolate). Because I'd had a lot of questions about local ethnic communities, we then walked through the Hasidic Jewish neighborhood which was really an interesting experience. He answered all of our questions about about the religion, the community structure, and the people. It's a traditional immigrant community that is fast-growing and really influential in city life and local politics.

I'd recommend this tour for either a curious history buff like myself (as he can answer all your questions) but also for anyone who just wants to stand back and have a fun afternoon exploring this exciting neighborhood.

Thank EverInTransit
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