Brooklyn Waterfront Past & Present Tour
Presented in partnership with Classic Harbor Line
• Saturdays at 11am, August 8 – October 10 • Boat Cruise •
Most tours will be co-narrated by Turnstile guides and a guest speaker from local non-profits, cultural institutions, or news outlets that work along Brooklyn’s waterfront. Upcoming featured speakers include:
- September 19 (N): Sarah Crean, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New York Environment Report
- September 26 (S): Nathan Kensinger, photographer, filmmaker, and curator, co-creator of Newtown Creek Armada
- October 3 (N – tour begins at 9:30am): Michael Cairl, Chairman of the Board, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
- October 10 (S): Sarah Crean, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New York Environment Report
** Tours follow either a southern route (S) towards Red Hook and Bay Ridge, or a northern route (N) up the East River and Newtown Creek (see below for tour highlights).
Step aboard the luxury yacht Kingston on this intimate two-hour cruise narrated by guides from Turnstile Tours that explores the Brooklyn waterfront past and present, from the borough’s historical emergence as an industrial powerhouse, to its resurgence today as a major center of innovation, industry, and recreation. The Brooklyn waterfront has long been a major economic engine and cultural touchstone for New York City – there’s no better way to explore this dynamic landscape than from the water. This special series of boat tours is hosted by Turnstile Tours and Classic Harbor Line, departing from Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5.
- The Brooklyn Navy Yard, a former Naval shipyard now home to more than 330 creative and manufacturing businesses
- Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges
- Red Hook and Erie Basin, where we will share stories of residents and waterfront businesses in this historically working-class neighborhood
- Governors Island – from military base to parkland
- The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
- Hear stories of the diverse range of businesses and entrepreneurs inside growing industrial and creative clusters along the waterfront
- See other emerging uses for the borough’s waterfront, including the development of new green spaces and infrastructure that have reconnected neighborhoods with the city’s waterways and play an important role in protecting the shoreline and maintaining the health of the harbor.
For most tours, the Turnstile Tours guide will be accompanied by a guest speaker who will offer commentary on specific sites and themes, including historical uses of the waterfront, contemporary manufacturing, and shoreline ecology and resiliency – see below for the complete line-up.
This tour will be offered with two distinct itineraries on alternating weeks. All tours will include the sites above, as well as:
Southern Route (Itinerary 1): The Gowanus Canal, Industry City/Bush Terminal, and the Brooklyn Army Terminal (offered 8/15, 8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10)
Northern Route (Itinerary 2): Domino Sugar development, Williamsburg and the Newtown Creek (offered 8/8, 8/22, 9/5, 9/19, 10/3)
* All site visits are subject to weather and sea conditions
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General Admission: $54 per person (ages 15+)
Children (3-14): $34 per person
Children under 3 are welcome to attend free
Click here to purchase tickets. Advance ticket purchase is required.
We ask tour participants to please arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start, as the boat will depart promptly at 11am (or at 9:30am for the Oct. 3 tour).
All tours begin and end at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, located on Joralemon St in Brooklyn Heights.
Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for complete directions and information on public transportation and parking nearby.
Public tours are offered every Saturday at 11am, August 8–October 10. For a full list of public tour dates, please click here to view our schedule and purchase tickets, or click over to the Guest Experts tab for a complete schedule of tours, speakers, and itineraries.
Please contact us or call (347) 903-8687 if you have any questions regarding accessibility, and we will do our best to make appropriate accommodations. Unfortunately, the yacht Kingston is not accessible to people in wheelchairs.
Most tours will be co-narrated by Turnstile guides and a guest speaker from local non-profits, cultural institutions, or news outlets that work along Brooklyn’s waterfront. Below is the schedule of participating organizations and speakers, along with whether the trip is the southern (S) or northern (N) itinerary (schedule subject to change). Click here to purchase tickets.
August 15 (S): Emily Manley, Managing Editor of the New York Environment Report
August 22 (N): Noah Chesnin, Policy Program Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Seascape Program, New York Aquarium
August 29 (S): TBA
September 5 (N): TBA
September 12 (S): Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
September 19 (N): Sarah Crean, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New York Environment Report
October 3 (N): Michael Cairl, Chairman of the Board, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (9:30am start time)
October 10 (S): Sarah Crean, Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the New York Environment Report