RAIN DATE: Brooklyn Heights SOUTH: War, Churches, and Real Estate!

This is the RAIN DATE for the tour scheduled originally for Saturday June 8, which has been forecast as a rainy day. The next day, Sunday, is instead forecast to be partly sunny.

 

Richard Upjohn, James Renwick, Minard Lafever, Patrick Keely: Some of the greatest  architects of New York in the early to mid-nineteenth century are represented by tour-de-force churches within a few  blocks of each other in our Brooklyn Heights SOUTH tour. Brooklyn long had a reputation as "The City of Churches", and you'll know why before we're halfway done. We'll see these and other masterpieces of the Romanesque, Renaissance, Gothic, and Greek revivals in marble and brownstone among the literally hundreds of pre-Civil War homes in this marvelous neighborhood. Besides that, hear about the great vision of the canny merchant who created New York's first suburb by grasping the significance of a breakthrough in technology; see where the clubhouse of one of the first baseball teams still stands; learn how the shocking plan to destroy this now-landmarked neighborhood was foiled; and relive the night George Washington executed one of the most daring retreats in military history after the nightmarish Battle of Long Island, masterminded in a mansion perched atop the very cliffs of Brooklyn Heights.

Where to meet: Meet by the tall set of front steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, at Court and Remsen streets. Take the 2,3,4,5 to "Borough Hall" or R to "Court Street". Please note though the mailing address of this building is listed as Joralemon Street, that is NOT the front of the building. Walk around the building until you see an imposing TALL flight of  stairs. That's the spot!

When to meet: 12:45pm for a 1pm start. I will be holding a sign that says "Brooklyn Heights SOUTH".   There are restroom facilities inside a Starbucks across the street from Borough Hall; please be sure to take a visit there if necessary before the tour starts.

Fee: $15 cash, exact change appreciated!

The tour will be approximately 2/2.5 hours long. While Friendly Native tours walk rain or shine 99.9% of the time, on rare occasions they will be postponed in cases of what can be deemed dangerous weather, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event.   Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella.

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  • phyllis

    The meet-up for Brooklyn Heights was just Great!

    June 15, 2013

  • Susan M.

    The upload option on the meet up site makes it so easy to share!! What a super tour. I was just telling my friends all about it!

    June 10, 2013

    • Donna T.

      Me too..Posted on my FB page.. linked to the site. Both North and South tours should be experienced to get the full impact of the area and the history.

      June 10, 2013

  • Daniel H.

    It was an excellent tour. I had a great time.

    June 10, 2013

  • Candice

    A special thank you to Susan for the wonderful photos, and to Donna for giving me a bag to log my books around! Brooklyn is a treasure on many levels!

    June 10, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Wow Susan really aced it with these photos. Loved the street signs and plaques to tell us where we were when we saw the sites. Easy to look at them today and hear the echos of the discussion. The tours just keep getting richer...if that is possible...

    June 10, 2013

  • Linda

    Just a beautiful day in Brooklyn Heights South! It was an added surprise to visit the interior of Our Lady of Lenanon Maronite Cathedral (see Susan's great pictorial record), originally built as the Congregational Church of the Pilgrims way back in the 1840s. Even got a glimpse earlier of the remarkable marble lobby of the Chase Bank on Montague, from 1915. Nice to meet Candice and Ira for the first time, and to see again Donna, Lorraine, Phyllis, both Susans, Daniel, and Heights resident Joe, while welcoming Sylvia over from my Gotham group.

    June 10, 2013

  • Candice

    Linda is a wealth of knowledge about this area's history, and relays all this in a delightful, patient manner (all those firetrucks and tables being dragged over the stone plaza). Just a pleasure! Her students are lucky!!

    June 10, 2013

  • Donna T.

    What a wonderful tour. This is my second time around. .. I love the architecture of these residences and churches that are well researched by our organizer. Appreciate the connection- architects with work in both Manhattan(that many of us have already toured) and now Bklyn. Great opportunity to go inside one church- See the backyards of mansions and window boxes galore each one more stunning that the last. Lunch -Mexican style = always a pleasure....

    June 9, 2013

  • Sylvia G.

    it was a great, cheerful and informative tour - the group was very nice ;-)

    June 9, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Linda rocks pure and simple. Loved this tour very much. Great places, amazing history and ending at my favorite place on the planet. So grateful I've met Linda the Amazing!

    June 9, 2013

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