Celebrate Father’s Day Weekend with Turnstile Tours!

Father’s Day is often a time when people gather with their families, maybe have a cookout, and often sit inside watching sports or old war movies on cable with their dads, because that’s what dads like to do. Well, we won’t be spending any time indoors this weekend, as it’s absolutely packed with tours. We have six tours lined up, and we think there’s something for all kinds of dads this weekend, from tours of historic military sites to unique food experiences in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Are you or your dad a vet? All veterans receive a 10% discount on all of our tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Brooklyn Army Terminal – just enter the code “veteran” when you check out.>> Continue reading

Fleet Week NYC 2014 Calendar of Events


Celebrate Fleet Week NYC 2014 with these tours, parades, public programs, and other special events around New York City. Don’t forget to check out our special Fleet Week Harbor Tours, as well as our tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

All of Turnstile Tours’ programs for Fleet Week are marked with ➡ .

TUESDAY 5/20  • WEDNESDAY 5/21 • THURSDAY 5/22 • FRIDAY 5/23 • SATURDAY 5/24 • SUNDAY 5/25 • MONDAY 5/26>> Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend: New Tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn Army Terminal

Credit: Rich Garr

This weekend, explore the Brooklyn waterfront with Turnstile Tours!  From sidewalk botany to intermodal transportation to the Battle of Guadalcanal, our tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal will explore historic sites and and innovative industries.

Saturday kicks off with our World War II Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Based around the oral histories of workers and sailors, this tour brings to life what the yard was like when 72,000 people came to work there everyday, building and repairing ships around the clock.  Want a broader perspective on the yard?  Our Overview Tour takes you from the battles of the Revolutionary War though to the 300+ companies that call this innovative industrial park home today – join us for this experience on Saturday or Sunday.  Then at 3pm, join us for our inaugural tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal.  Once the largest warehouse in the world, this World War I-era architectural masterwork dispatched American forces and supplies across the world for nearly 50 years.  This walking tour will explore the inner workings of the ship and rail facility, as well as how it has been transformed into a home for dozens of businesses today.>> Continue reading

Support Turnstile Turtles in Gowanus Canal Race June 15

Turnstile Tours is truly multimodal – with tours by foot, bus, and bicycle, we’re now hopping into canoes!  On Saturday, June 15, our team will take to the murky, sheen-cloaked waters of Brooklyn’s beloved canal for the Gowanus Challenge canoe race.  The event is put on by the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club to raise money for their public education and paddling programs. You can help support the Dredgers by sponsoring our team, the Turnstile Turtles.  We’re aiming to raise $500 for the club, and any support you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  To make a contribution, visit the donation page, and make sure to write “Turnstile Turtles” in the “Designation” section.  Your donation will help the Dredgers continue to offer their education programs to local students, and to make their flotilla of canoes free for public use (see their schedule – free paddling times are usually Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons).>> Continue reading

Red Hook Crit Takes Over Brooklyn Navy Yard June 8

The Red Hook Criterium, the professional racing series of growing fame, is coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Saturday, June 8, for a night of competition under the lights and cranes of the yard.

Spectators are welcome into the yard for this event, which will feature a 5k run and qualifying races, as well as the main event, when 200 fixed-gear bicycle racers will take on 26 laps of a 1.25-kilometer course that zips through the heart of the yard.  Qualifying races will begin at 6pm, and the rain race will begin at 9:45pm (see the full event schedule – on race day, racers will enter through Building 92, located on Flushing Ave at the corner of Carlton Ave, while spectators will enter the yard through the Clinton Ave gate, also located on Flushing Ave).>> Continue reading

Vendy Awards Roll into New Orleans March 13

On this wintry Friday in New York City, our thoughts are with the many street vendors slinging hot dogs and chicken over rice in the snow and slush.  But we are also daydreaming of milder climes, where vendors don’t need to warm themselves by the flattop, and ungloved fingers aren’t frozen making change.  That magical place is New Orleans, host to the latest installment of the Vendy Awards, taking place Wednesday, March 13.>> Continue reading

Groundhog Day in NYC: All Politics is Local

For the fourth year in a row, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 5:30 in the morning and made the trek over the Verrazano Bridge to see New York City’s only weather predicting rodent, Staten Island Chuck.

Usually it is Mayor Michael Bloomberg who listens to Chuck and decodes his Groundhogese, and for the previous three years, the translation has been an early end to winter.  In 2009, Chuck gained national notoriety for truculently biting Bloomberg on the finger, and the incident has been a seemingly bottomless well of jokes for politicians ever since – and today was no exception.  In 2010, Bloomberg was gifted a pair of boxing gloves at the ceremony; this year, someone made mention of Chuck’s diet of “mayoral fingers.”>> Continue reading

New York Food Trucks Battle Boston Food Trucks This Weekend

The first ever Food Truck Throwdown is happening this weekend in Boston. Some of our favorite trucks, including Wafels & Dinges (which is featured on almost every single one of our food cart tours) are heading down to Beantown to have a friendly food fight with some of Boston’s most popular food trucks.

The match will occur at Dewey Square on the Greenway from 11am-9pm this coming Saturday, October 13. Admission is free and live music will be playing throughout the day.

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