For 165 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard built some of America’s most famous fighting ships, from sailing frigates to aircraft carriers. Today, the Yard is home to hundreds manufacturing, technology, and creative businesses, providing thousands of jobs to New Yorkers across a wide range of industries. We offer a variety of theme-based tours about history, architecture, industry, and more, so there are many ways to discover what’s behind the walls of the Brooklyn Navy Yard by bicycle, bus, and on foot.
Try some of New York City’s best street food, and learn how food offers an amazing window into the life of a city and its neighborhoods and people. On our Food Cart Tours of Manhattan’s Financial District and Midtown, we introduce visitors and lifelong New Yorkers alike to the amazing tastes and stories of the city’s street vendor community, offering the opportunity to not only taste amazing dishes from all over the world cooked up on the sidewalk, but also to get an insider’s perspective on the industry.
For more than 75 years, New York City has had a network of city-owned markets to provide affordable, fresh food to neighborhoods. These tours highlight the history of the remaining public markets, their wonderful vendors, and the food they serve. Weekly tours of the Essex Street Market showcase the butchers, fishmongers, cheese purveyors, and more that make this market a cornerstone of the Lower East Side. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our Immigrant Foodways Tour of the Moore Street Market offers cuisine from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico from the market and nearby eateries, highlighting the connections between immigrant communities and local food systems.
Step inside an engineering marvel that is today a center of manufacturing and innovation. Built in 1918-1919, this enormous Cass Gilbert-designed complex served as a supply base for the American military for nearly 50 years. Today, this thriving industrial park is home to over 100 companies in industries ranging from precision manufacturers to biotech researchers, online retailers to chocolatiers. This walking tour explores how this teeming military transportation hub operated, and how these facilities are put to use today.
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park on this special series of guided walking tours of this iconic park. Learn about the Park’s many layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology, to the architectural eras visible in the built environment. Prospect Park is a reflection of Brooklyn; its history traces that of the city around it, and it is today an important gathering place for many diverse communities that call the borough home. Learn about the Alliance’s historic restoration and environmental preservation work in the Park, including cultural and recreation projects currently underway.
Step aboard a beautiful Classic Harbor Line vessel and explore New York Harbor in comfort as our knowledgeable guides discuss the past and present of the military and industrial waterfront. Our Brooklyn Industrial Waterfront Tour gives visitors the opportunity to see a side of the fast-changing borough that few get to, visiting container ports, recycling facilities, and shipyards that are vital to the daily operations of the city. Or you can explore the military and naval history of the harbor, as our Military History Harbor Tour takes you back to World War II, when nearly every inch of shoreline was taken up by shipyards, warehouses, and piers sending troops and supplies across the globe for the war effort.