Walking the Waterfront: Touring DUMBO



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Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and Turnstile Tours present Walking the Waterfront: Touring DUMBO every Sunday through November 24, 2019, at 11:15am.

Walking the Waterfront: Touring DUMBO

Brooklyn Historical Society | DUMBO
Sunday, November 17, 2019 to Sunday, March 1, 2020

Want to learn the history and hidden treasures of DUMBO?

Every Sunday through November 24, 2019, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and Turnstile Tours are partnering to present Walking the Waterfront: Touring DUMBO starting at 11:15 am and running for 90 minutes.

Tours begin in the Waterfront exhibition currently on display at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and continue with an interactive walk through the surrounding DUMBO neighborhood highlighting its residents and its rich storied history.

From BHS’s multimedia exhibition Waterfront, visitors will travel back in time to experience firsthand the working waterfront, learn about DUMBO’s long history as a major center of innovation, and gain insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked in the neighborhood over the past two centuries.

Guides will share stories and context for DUMBO’s most iconic architecture including the Empire Stores in Brooklyn Bridge Park (home to BHS DUMBO), the DUMBO arch, Water Street’s historic buildings, and more.

Tour-goers will be treated to extraordinary views of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as they learn how its construction drove an industrial boom that transformed DUMBO into the city’s industrial heartland. At Brooklyn Bridge Park, participants will learn how and why the area transitioned from a waterfront shipping port to the major recreation destination we know today. Following tales of DUMBO’s post-industrial transition, told through the eyes of families and businesses that remained.

Tours will kicks off in the Waterfront exhibition currently on display at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO and continue with an interactive walk through the surrounding DUMBO neighborhood highlighting its residents and its rich storied history.

The experience concludes back at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO’s Waterfront exhibition where, visitors can explore at their leisure and participate in its interactive, multimedia components.

“Brooklyn Historical Society has been a long-time collaborator with Turnstile Tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and we are excited to deepen this partnership,” said Cindy VandenBosch, founder and president of Turnstile Tours. “The Waterfront exhibition is an immersive experience that explores the transformation of Brooklyn’s coastline from industrialization to the challenges of sea-level rise.  This walking tour will extend that experience to the streets of DUMBO, where we will illuminate broader themes through interactive storytelling inspired by the built and natural environment, the neighborhood and its residents, and especially through BHS’ rich collection of oral histories and photographs.  Having launched the tour programs at the Navy Yard and the Army Terminal, our team has spent more than a decade interpreting the past and present of Brooklyn’s working waterfront for people of all ages and abilities. This project was a natural fit for us and we are so excited to welcome the public on these tours with BHS DUMBO.”

Walking the Waterfront will run every Sundays through November 24, 2019, from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. All tours will begin at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, which is located on the second floor inside the Empire Stores at 55 Water Street.

Sign up at www.turnstiletours.com

About Brooklyn Historical Society

Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement, and community outreach. In May 2017 BHS opened a second site in DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park.www.brooklynhistory.org.

About Turnstile Tours

Turnstile Tours is a social enterprise that develops and operates tours and public programs in partnership with non-profit organizations and cultural institutions that focus on how the city works – from manufacturing and infrastructure to food systems and public spaces – and the stories of ordinary people, past and present, who have made the city what it is today. Turnstile's tours are built around rigorous research, community partnerships, and engaging, informative, and inclusive experiences that help visitors understand and engage with the meaning of place and community in New York City. Turnstile’s team has been operating public tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard since 2008, and also offers tours in partnership with the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Prospect Park Alliance, Essex Market Vendors Association, and the Street Vendor Project.




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