Virtual Experiences for Groups

During the pandemic, we have taken our unique guided tours of New York City online, and we would love to share them with you! In addition to our public virtual programs, we are now offering virtual experiences designed for private groups, from small team-building workshops to interactive webinars for up to 100 attendees. These virtual experiences seek to bring people together to ask questions, share memories, and learn about a wide range of topics, from street vending to maritime history, World War II to urban farming, and much, much more.

What is included:

  • 60-minute live program with an expert host, hosted on Zoom
  • Opportunity to interact, ask questions, and share experiences
  • Flexible group sizes, from small group workshops to webinars for up to 100 participants
  • Pre- and post-program reading materials on the topic, delivered by email
  • Links to make it easy for your guests to sign up and join
  • Step-by-step instructions for your guests
  • Experiences start at $250

Interested in a custom-designed program or program series? We can do that! Check out some of our 175+ past and upcoming public programs, and we may be able to do a similar program just for you, or create a new experience. We also offer add-ons to the programs below that can include special guests, live broadcasts to remote locations, and hands-on workshops with artists and chefs. 

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New York Street Food Experience

Join us as we take a deep dive into the mobile street vending industry in New York City. Learn everything you never realized you wanted to know about being a vendor, from the history of the hot dog cart, to the fabrication of carts and trucks today, to the many daily challenges vendors face working on the street. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to the incredible diversity of dishes from across the globe served by food carts, and hear stories of some of the most celebrated vendors working in the city today. 

WATCH: Public virtual program with the Street Vendor Project

Shoppers walking down the aisle in the Essex Market

Public Markets & Food Systems

New York’s system of indoor public markets has been a staple of city life since the 1930’s. Today, many of these markets remain cornerstones of their neighborhoods and important links in the city’s food distribution system. Now home to a diverse collection of vendors, cuisines, and public spaces, these popular markets are not to be missed. In this virtual experience, we will learn about the history and evolution of these spaces, share stories of the vendors, and discuss their vital role today in feeding New Yorkers.

WATCH: History of NYC Public Markets

World War II in Brooklyn

During World War II, Brooklyn boasted over 800 war production factories and 20 shipyards, 200,000 war production workers, and 326,000 men and women in uniform. In this virtual presentation, our experts will discuss the contributions of the borough to the war effort, especially at places like the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Brooklyn Army Terminal, sharing stories of soldiers, sailors, shipyard workers, and more. We will even listen to the voices of the people who lived through the experience, with clips from our extensive oral history collections. We will bring the wartime city to life.

WATCH: Inventions of the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Virtual Tour of New York Harbor

More than just the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, we check out New York Harbor’s highlights from the Battery, along the Brooklyn Shore to Staten Island and back up the New Jersey side. We’ll encounter stories of longshoremen and gangsters, entrepreneurs and robber barons, along with a lady lighthouse keeper and some German saboteurs.

WATCH: The Port of New York

Prospect Park Meadowport Arch

Exploring Prospect Park

Known as “Brooklyn’s Backyard,” Prospect Park was designed by the same designers as Central Park – Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted – and is regarded as one of the finest urban parks in America. On this virtual experience, we will unpack the park’s history and construction, learn about the restoration and maintenance of the park today, and explore some of its finest features, including its unique archways, innovative water system, both the largest forest and lake in Brooklyn, and the stunning one-mile Long Meadow, the longest unobstructed meadow in an urban park in the country.

WATCH: Animal History of Prospect Park

Sustainable Brooklyn Navy Yard

Explore nature and sustainability in the midst of an industrial park! This virtual program will look closely at the natural and manmade landscapes of the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard, and how it is a model for the city’s approach to many environmental challenges, including sea-level rise, water quality, and sustainable manufacturing. We will take virtual visits to the Yard’s innovative green roofs, explore wild landscapes that support a diversity of plants and wildlife, see an oyster restoration project, and learn about some of the manufacturers that have incorporated sustainable practices into their production.