Food Cart Tours

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. 5% of all Food Cart Tour ticket sales are donated to the Street Vendor Project.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  WED 12pm / FRI 2pm / SAT 1pm
icon-clock-o  2 hours
icon-male  Walking tour
icon-cutlery  5–6 generous tastings included
icon-map-marker  Financial District or Midtown, Manhattan

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Inside Industry Tour

A well-lit workshop space with light grey walls and a high ceiling with machinery, staff, and supplies neatly stored.

This 90-minute guided tour takes you inside the workshops, factories, and studios of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s manufacturing, creative, and technology businesses. This tour is an immersive look at how things are still made in New York City, with a rotating selection of participating businesses, making everything from furniture to space suits, robots to letterpress printing. Visitors have the opportunity to see things being made and meet and ask questions of business owners and staff. The second Friday of each month features a special visit to New Lab, a technology hardware prototyping space that is home to more than 50 companies.

Select Fridays at 9:30am | Walking Tour | >> More Information <<

Wafels and Dinges Factory Tour

A group of people in a factory space are holding waffles and smiling for the camera.

Have you ever wanted to see what it takes to run a successful street food business behind the scenes? This tour will take you inside de Royal Dinges Factory, the commissary, production space, and headquarters of one of New York City’s most popular street food brands. On this guided tour, we will show you how they make their spectacular Liège wafel dough and delicious ice cream to supply their constellation of carts, trucks, kiosks, and cafés; you will learn how those carts and trucks are stored, supplied, and maintained; and you will get an insider’s look at this dynamic and growing business. You will even get the chance to put your hands in some wafel dough, and even cook your own fresh-made wafel in their custom-made irons. This tour is a great complement to our Food Cart Tours of Manhattan.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  TUE 10am / FRI 10am
icon-clock-o  1.25 hours
icon-male  Walking tour
icon-cutlery  Fresh-baked wafel and coffee included
icon-map-marker  Gowanus, Brooklyn

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.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  SAT 11am
icon-clock-o  2 hours
  Walking tour
icon-map-marker  Sunset Park, Brooklyn 

Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO Neighborhood & Museum Tour

Museum exhibit of a coffee hopper with cutouts of historical photos of workers loading coffee

Join us for a walk through the historic streets of DUMBO as we explore how the water has shaped New York City, and vice versa. Starting at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s DUMBO location, housed inside the renovated 1869 Empire Stores building, we will introduce you to their exhibition Waterfront, which chronicles Brooklyn’s long and complex history along 131 miles of coastline. We will then step out to explore the landscape of DUMBO and how it was built on innovation and hard labor, 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.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  SUN 11:15am
icon-clock-o  1.5 hours
   Exhibit & Walking tour
icon-map-marker  BHS DUMBO, Empire Stores 

Prospect Park Tours

People standing on Lullwater Bridge

Discover hidden treasures, natural wonders and little-known tales on these interactive guided tours of Prospect Park in the heart of Brooklyn, presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. While taking in the beauty of this iconic park’s landmarks, explore the fascinating layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology, to the architectural eras visible in the built environment, to the past and present of recreation and play. Explore how use of the park has changed over time, from the original vision of designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, to projects underway today that support environmental conservation, historic preservation, and recreational and cultural access for Brooklynites and visitors from around the world. Tours take visitors through many of the key natural and historic landmarks of the park, including the Long Meadow, the Ravine, and the park’s system of lakes and streams. Tours are offered each week focusing on a special theme, with a different route, content, and site visits.

Public Tours

icon-calendar  SUN 10:30am
icon-clock-o  2 hours
icon-male  Walking touricon-cutlery
icon-map-marker  Grand Army Plaza, 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 6-8 vendors, with generous tastings that may include top-quality olive oils, tacos, empanadas, fresh-baked breads, handmade chocolates, 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 LaGuardia, 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  SAT 10am / THU 6pm
icon-clock-o  1.5 hours
icon-male  Walking tour
icon-cutlery  6–8 generous tastings included
icon-map-marker  Lower East Side, Manhattan

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.

Offered as a private tour | Walking Tour | >> More Information <<