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.

Tour Info & Highlights

  • Learn how Brooklyn’s waterfront has evolved over centuries
  • Hear stories of DUMBO’s transformation, from Brooklyn’s early days to the present
  •   SATURDAYS 11am // 1.5 hours
      Walking tour
      Empire Stores, Brooklyn

Health & Safety Guidelines

In-person tours are now being offered, but with modifications to protect the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and the public. Please review the guidelines below before booking.

  • Tours are limited to 10 participants.
  • Access to public restrooms may be limited throughout the tour, so please plan accordingly.
  • All tour participants are required to wear a mask that fully covers their nose and mouth for the duration of the tour.
  • Everyone on the tour should remain at least 6 feet apart from all people who are not in their immediate pod or group, as per social distancing guidelines.
  • Participants traveling from out of state must abide by all state and local quarantine rules. See New York’s travel and quarantine information here.
  • In the interest of caution, if you are feeling ill before the tour, please contact us, and we can reschedule or refund your ticket.
  • All tour participants agree to share contact information for the purposes of contact tracing, and that information may be shared with public health officials, as per New York City and State mandates.
  • In the event that a tour participant, in the judgement of the guide, jeopardizes the health and safety of another guest, a guide, or a member of the public (e.g. refuses to wear a mask, refuses to abide by social distancing guidelines, etc.), engages in verbal or physical harassment, displays discriminatory or threatening behavior, or otherwise interferes with the experience of others, they will be removed from the tour, and no refund will be issued.
  • These guidelines are based on current City and State mandates and recommended guidelines. We cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19, and by taking a tour with Turnstile Tours and going outside, you voluntarily assume such risks. Please review our full statement and guidelines on COVID-19 health and safety.
  • Even if you have been partially or fully vaccinated, you must abide by all of these rules.

Admission

  • General Admission: $25 per person
  • Seniors (65+): $20 per person (10% off)
  • Children (5-12): $12.50 per person
  • Children under 5 are welcome to attend free
  • Advance ticket purchase is required

Directions

All public tours begin outside the atrium on the water side of Empire Stores, located at 55 Water St. The space is accessible through the building from Water St or from Brooklyn Bridge Park. View our neighborhood map for directions.

  • Subway: The nearest subway stations are at York St (F) and High St-Brooklyn Bridge (A,C), and each is about a 10-minute walk from Empire Stores. Visit mta.info for maps and service alerts.
  • Ferry: NYC Ferry provides service to DUMBO on the East River and South Brooklyn routes. When you disembark at DUMBO/Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, follow Water St underneath the Brooklyn Bridge to 55 Water St.
  • Driving and Parking: Street parking is extremely challenging in DUMBO every day of the week, and we strongly recommend that you utilize public transportation. There are several parking garages in the neighborhood, but keep in mind that these are often full.
  • Bicycle: The nearest bicycle rack is on Dock St on the west side of the building. DUMBO is also served by CitiBike, and the nearest stations are 2 blocks away.
  • IMPORTANT TIPS:
    • Remember that BHS DUMBO is located on the 2nd floor of 55 Water St, accessible by stairs or elevator located in the courtyard on the north side of the building.
    • If you are using a wheelchair, walker, or have trouble with steps, we recommend entering from the Brooklyn Bridge Park side of the building, as the Water St entrance does have stairs, though there is also a wheelchair lift.

Private Tours

Please contact us for more details on booking a private tour, or visit our Group Tours page. Private tours can be offered seven days a week, subject to availability.