Brooklyn Navy Yard: World War II Tour

The Brooklyn Navy Yard played a pivotal role in World War II, building battleships and aircraft carriers, repairing over 5,000 ships, and sending troops and supplies to fronts across the globe. This tour examines the role of the New York City waterfront in the war effort, explores connections between the Yard and famous battles of World War II, and visits sites of significance that remain from this era, including the former ship assembly areas, workshops, and dry docks that kept the US Navy afloat and fighting around the world. As we move around the Yard, we also listen clips of oral histories recorded with sailors and shipworkers, including from female industrial workers, to bring the story of the Yard at war to life.

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Brooklyn Army Terminal Tour

View of the metal frames that span the two sides of Building B, a massive concrete industrial building with an atrium at the center that opens to the sky.

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. Our walking tours explore how this teeming military transportation hub operated, and how these facilities are put to use today. All tours are offered in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Tours accessible by NYC Ferry to the Sunset Park / BAT stop (South Brooklyn, Rockaway routes).

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AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tours

Upcoming Tours led by Andrew Gustafson:

  • Monday, August 1, 1:15pm
  • Thursday, August 4, 12:15pm
  • Monday, August 22, 12:45pm
  • Tuesday, August 23, 12:45pm
  • Wednesday, August 31, 12:45pm

Explore NYC’s new and enduring architecture, engineering marvels, and the revitalized waterfront from the teak decks of Classic Harbor Line’s elegant motor yachts. Hosted by the guides of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, this 2 hour and 45 minute circumnavigation tour offers insightful narration about the city’s built environment, from the Hudson and the Battery to the Hell Gate and Spuyten Duyvil. The story of NYC’s development is described as a broad overview for visitors, yet includes deeper insights to satisfy knowledgeable locals and architecture and design professionals. Learn about architectural icons and new and alluring sites, including Little Island at Pier 55, the mega-project Hudson Yards, and the continuing ascent of “supertall” luxury residential towers. Turnstile’s Andrew Gustafson is now part of the AIANY team leading these tours, and you can find his schedule above (subject to change), or join any of the wonderful AIANY boat tours with their engaging and knowledgeable guides.

Walking the Waterfront: DUMBO Neighborhood Tour

Join us for a walk through the historic streets of DUMBO as we explore how the water has shaped Brooklyn, and vice versa. DUMBO’s history encapsulates the history of the borough’s 131-mile shoreline – once an agricultural hinterland, this area became America’s first suburb after the introduction of steam ferries, then emerged as a shipping and manufacturing powerhouse rivaling the city across the river. The landscape of DUMBO was built on innovation and hard labor, and we will hear stories of both the captains of industry and ordinary workers who built Brooklyn. We will also explore the deindustrialization of Brooklyn, and the remaking of DUMBO into one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods, a commercial and residential district ringed by parkland where piers and factories once stood.

Health and Safety: In-person tours are being offered with modifications to protect the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the public. Before booking, please review our full statement and guidelines on COVID-19 health and safety.

Tours Info

icon-calendar  Available for Private Tours
icon-clock-o  1.5 hours
   Walking tour
icon-map-marker  Empire Stores, Brooklyn

Essex Market Tour

Shoppers walking down the aisle in the Essex Market

This tasting exploration showcases the vendors of the Lower East Side’s Essex Market, founded in 1940 and now housed in a new, bustling facility home to over 40 vendors. This 90-minute walking and tasting tour visits 5–6 vendors, with generous tastings that may include top-quality olive oils, tacos, empanadas, fresh-baked breads, hearty soups, and a selection of cheeses and charcuterie. Along the way, we will explore the past and present of New York City’s public market system, from open-air pushcart markets, to the retail and wholesale network built by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, to markets’ role today providing quality food to communities and creating opportunities for food entrepreneurs to launch and grow new businesses.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  SUN 12PM
icon-clock-o  1.5 hours
icon-male  Walking tour
icon-cutlery  5–6 generous tastings included
icon-map-marker  Lower East Side, Manhattan

Health & Safety Guidelines

These guidelines were updated on April 4, 2022, so please read them carefully and contact us if you have any questions.

Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our guests, our staff, and the general public. Please review these guidelines before booking your tour, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Masks must be worn indoors at all times by all visitors, regardless of age or vaccination status.

PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR SOME TOURS: Proof of a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all participants age 5 or older on select tours (two doses for all vaccines except the one-dose Johnson & Johnson; booster is not required).

These rules apply to all Brooklyn Army Terminal Tours, Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours, and Public Market Tours, as all or part of these tours take place indoors, and frequently visit business premises. Proof of vaccination is NOT currently required for any participants on Food Cart Tours or Prospect Park Tours.

In order to participate in these tours, you must bring a photo ID (if 18 or older) and one of the following, which will be checked at the beginning of the tour:

  • A photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card
  • NYC COVID Safe App Apple / Android
  • New York State Excelsior App (available only to people who have been vaccinated in New York State) Apple / Android
  • Official vaccine record
  • A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of an accepted vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca-Oxford, COVAXIN, Novavax, Sinopharm-BIBP, or Sinovac.

While on food tours, participants can remove their masks while eating and drinking, but are asked to please maintain a six-foot distance from people who are not in their immediate pod or group.

Please make note of these other guidelines for all of our tours.

  • Everyone must bring a mask: Please bring a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth, as circumstances may arise in which a mask is required. Please note that many of our staff live in households with small children that cannot currently be vaccinated, so they may request that you wear your mask, even when outside.
  • Maintain social distancing: In order to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort, we ask that everyone stay at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in their immediate pod or group.
  • If you are feeling unwell either before or during your tour experience, please remove yourself from the tour and let us know so that we can refund your ticket or reschedule you to a future date.
  • We’re committed to working together to create a healthy and safe experience for our team and visitors, and our professionally-trained guides will be there to support you. Turnstile Tours’ staff have received training on compliance with new health and safety protocols, will have hand sanitizer on their person, and will be wearing their masks at all times during the tour and when interacting with the public.  
  • We have a zero-tolerance policy for individuals who endanger staff, visitors, and partners by refusing to abide by these rules, or who engage in verbal or physical harassment, displays discriminatory or threatening behavior, or otherwise interferes with the experience of others. Tour participants who violate these policies may be asked to leave the tour without a refund.
  • Turnstile Tours may collect and retain the names and contact information of all tour attendees in the event that contact tracing efforts are necessary, and this information may be shared with public health authorities.
  • Even if you have received a vaccine, you must abide by all of these rules.
  • As in any public setting, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19. By taking a tour with Turnstile Tours and going outside, you voluntarily assume such risks.

Admission

Public Tours

  • General Admission: $75 per person
  • Seniors (ages 65+): $67.50
  • Students (full-time with ID): $67.50
  • Children (ages 5-12): $37.50
  • Children under 5 are welcome to attend free
  • Advance ticket purchase is required

Private tours are available seven days a week, depending on availability. Pricing for private tours is based on a minimum occupancy of six guests, and a gratuity of 8.5% is added to all private tour bookings.

Directions

Tours take place at the Essex Market, located at 88 Essex Street at the corner of Delancey Street in the Lower East Side. The market is located on the first floor of a large tower called Essex Crossing. Click here for Google Maps directions or view our neighborhood map.

  • SUBWAY: The nearest subway station is Delancey St-Essex St (F,J,M,Z), which is NOT a wheelchair-accessible station. The nearest accessible station is Bleeker St (6) / Broadway-Lafayette (B,D,F,M), approximately 1 mile away. View our map for walking directions from this station, and visit mta.info for maps and service alerts.
  • BUS: The M9, M14A, and B39 stop at the Essex Market. All NYC buses are wheelchair accessible, and all accept OMNY with a contactless bank card or smartphone. If traveling by bus, be sure to allow plenty of extra time for your trip, as weekend schedules can be unreliable (visit mta.info for maps and service alerts).
  • DRIVING & PARKING: The Essex Market is accessible via the Williamsburg Bridge and the FDR Drive (Houston St exit). There is a municipal parking garage on Essex Street just north of Delancey Street; in fact, it is the last remaining city-owned parking garage in Manhattan, and parking rates are exceedingly reasonable ($8 for the first hour, $3 for each additional hour). Street parking is extremely difficult in the Lower East Side.
  • BICYCLE: There are bicycle racks on Essex Street and many Citi Bike stations in the neighborhood. 

Menu

This tour includes 5–6 generous tastings from different market vendors. Tastings will change from week to week, but dishes frequently featured on this tour include olive oils, farmstead cheeses and charcuterie, tacos, empanadas, rice balls, fresh-baked breads and pastries, and meatballs.

We strive to accommodate most dietary restrictions and requests, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, as well as allergies and food sensitivities. When making your booking, please be sure to indicate these so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Our team will strive to accommodate you as best we can, but we cannot guarantee all dietary accommodations. If you have any questions regarding the menu, please contact us directly.

Private Tours

Private tours are available seven days a week, depending on availability. Pricing for private tours is based on a minimum occupancy of six guests, and a gratuity of 8.5% is added to all private tour bookings.

Please contact us for more details on booking a private Essex Market Tour, or visit our Group Tours page.

About Essex Market

Founded in 1940, the Essex Market has been a landmark of the Lower East Side since 1940. In 2019, the market opened a new chapter in its history by moving into a new facility on the south side of Delancey Street. Now home to over 40 vendors selling groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, and other specialty food items, as well as prepared foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the market is a beloved destination for visitors to New York as well as neighborhood shoppers. Essex Market is also part of a network of public markets operated by the City of New York to provide quality food to communities across the city and support food entrepreneurship.

Moore Street Market: Immigrant Foodways Tour

Green peppers and spices for sale at the Moore Street Market

From farms to pushcarts to public markets, this 2-hour walking and tasting tour explores historical aspects of New York’s food system and the influence of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and cuisines on the past and present of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, today the eastern section of Williamsburg serves up herbal tea remedies from Mexicosounds of salsa, and traditional ingredients. Based on more than 20 oral history interviews with neighborhood residents and local business owners, and on original archival research, this tour explores the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” and takes an in-depth look at the Moore Street Market, built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and today a centerpiece of the Spanish-speaking community. The tour includes 6-8 generous tastings from market vendors and local eateries.

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