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Exploring Victorian Flatbush and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

One Tour, Two Treasures!!!    Bring a picnic lunch for this adventure -- as it is easily 4 miles of walking.

We'll take advantage of the free Saturday morning admission and with any luck the Cherry Trees at the Botanical Gardens will still be blooming. along with the spectacular spring flowers.  The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is the prior weekend.    Below is a link if you prefer to enjoy all the activities:    http://www.bbg.org/visit/event/sakura_matsuri_2014

There are restrooms in the gardens and there is a cafe to get food and/or drink to go.  

After a stroll through one corner of Prospect Park we'll visit Victorian Flatbush, truly one of New York's hidden gems, began as a Dutch farming village in 1652 and began to develop as a residential suburb in the late 1800's.  Today this group of neighborhoods makes up one of the largest collection of Victorian-era wood frame architecture in the U.S.  Many of the homes contains distinctive ornamental features and thrive on lovely-tree-lined streets.  You won't believe you are in the middle of Brooklyn!

We will end on walk in the Ditmas Park neighborhood, near the Q train for a reasonably quick ride back to Manhattan or Atlantic Avenue for other train connections.  Food options available too.


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  • Paulette

    WONDERFUL! Thank you Hank for continuing to delight us with your wit and wisdom and making this perfect day happen!

    2 · May 5, 2014

  • Nancy D.

    Thanks Hank! Another fabulous tour with a great group and nice weather as well.

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • Hank O.

    Thank you all for coming and I greatly appreciate your comments! Thanks also to John, Elizabeth and John for sharing your photos!

    4 · May 4, 2014

  • anna

    This was a fantastic tour! Amazing weather, great people and, as usual, thanks Hank for sharing your time and knowledge with us. Really great day!

    2 · May 4, 2014

  • Janee

    I'm glad I attended. Hank is a great tour guide. It is always nice to see familiar faces during these walks. The weather was perfect, and all of the photos posted on the meetup site are beautiful.

    2 · May 4, 2014

  • Xin S.

    Do I need to pay or there is a membership dues?

    May 3, 2014

  • John M. M.

    Thanks Hank. Well done…. Perfect timing for a visit to the gardens…… Beautiful day.

    2 · May 3, 2014

  • Roberta

    the itinerary was great, weather perfect,
    as was the grilled chicken schnitzel sandwich at
    prospect park's new lakeside cafe. hank, a low-key
    professional, set a relaxed tone and the right pace
    for a great bklyn/combo tour. THANKS!

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Barbara

    Great places and a very knowledgable guide!

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • Edward K.

    Had a super time taking photos while walking the Botanical Gardens & that special house at Prospect Park & while walking streets took photos of buses also.

    May 3, 2014

  • EZ R.

    The main cherry trees have not bloomed yet, according to the BBG Web site.

    May 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was there Sunday for the Cherry Blossom festival and yes - they didn't look even close to ready. But who knows come tomorrow. THere were plenty of other things in bloom at the gardens :)

      May 2, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      They are now in bloom!

      May 3, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Another fabulous tour! A huge thank you to Hank, as you are the best tour guide. I look forward to many more fantastic tours, as well as wonderful attendees. A great way to spend a beautiful day.

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • PEGGY K.

    cannot make .it.... with short notice..but have a wonderful time.......................... Hank is the best

    May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Trying to park is a nightmare. Running late

    May 3, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Because of train delays, I am finally here. Where can I find you?

    May 3, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Running late 15 mts

    May 3, 2014

  • Xin S.

    I will go there from flushing. I am probably gonna be late. I will call you, if I can't find the group.

    May 3, 2014

  • PEGGY K.

    have a great time.. I am #6 now.. don't think its going to happen....

    May 3, 2014

  • Anthony B.

    Sorry can't make it. Thought I was still only on Wait List. Now have something in the way :-/

    May 2, 2014

  • Hank O.

    The 2/3 will be stopping the Botanical Gardens, plenty of other subway issues so be sure to check the MTA website. Please allow extra time to arrive by 10am. Bring your cameras as this will be a great tour for photos, even if the cherry trees aren't in bloom!

    My cell is[masked]

    This Saturday is Target First Saturday the Brooklyn Museum with art and live music and entertainment from 5pm to 10pm. All free! www.brooklynmuseum.org

    1 · May 2, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      I am planning to go to The Brooklyn Museum tomorrow. I hope others in the group will join me!

      May 2, 2014

  • Jennifer T.

    I unfortunately have to work tomorrow.

    May 2, 2014

  • Edward K.

    Looking forward to this tour.

    April 9, 2014

  • Kristina

    I used to live in this neighborhood--curious to see how it's changed!

    April 27, 2014

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