Past Meetup

Dutch Farmhouses of Brooklyn — by Bicycle!

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Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza · Brooklyn, NY

How to find us

We'll meet next to the fountain in the middle of Grand Army Plaza

Location image of event venue


Although NYPL's NYC Space/Time Directory project ended last December, NYPL's Map Division will continue to organize meetups!

The first event of this meetup series in 2018 will take participants on a guided bicycle tour along historical Dutch farmhouses in Brooklyn.

The tour:

Bicycle tour participants will gather in Grand Army Plaza near the Brooklyn Public Library. The tour begins with a short presentation about the Dutch-American architectural history of early Brooklyn by Walter R. Wheeler (bio below). Participants then depart for a 3-hour tour through the former towns of Flatlands, Gravesend and Flatbush, visiting five Dutch farmhouses on the way, before returning to Prospect Park.

Total distance: about 15 miles; about 90 minutes of riding with frequent stops/breaks.

At some sites, the group will briefly tour the surviving farmhouses. At others, views of the exteriors will be available. The last “site” will be the former location of a now-demolished farmhouse, demonstrating what used to stand in the now dense apartment-block landscape
of central Flatbush.

After the tour, everyone is invited to join us for drinks in a Prospect Lefferts Garden bar (location TBD).

For details about the route and sites, see

Biography Walter R. Wheeler:

Walter R. Wheeler has more than 30 years of experience as an architectural historian and author. He begun his career at the Office of the State Architect in Albany and later worked in private practice with Wagoner & Reynolds Architects. Since 1999, Mr. Wheeler has served as Senior Architectural Historian at Hartgen Archaeological Associates, a cultural resource management firm located in Rensselaer. Mr. Wheeler has authored numerous scholarly articles and two monographs on New York State architecture. He is currently at work on a book for SUNY Press, which will document the vernacular architecture of the upper Hudson Valley. He serves as Vice President of the Dutch Barn Preservation Society, President of the Society for the Preservation of Hudson Valley Vernacular Architecture, and board member of the Albany County Historical Association.


- Wyckoff House Museum / Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House (c. 1652), with interior tour
- Hendrick Lott House (c. 1720), with grounds tour
- Elias Hubbard Ryder House (c. 1834)
- Wyckoff-Bennett Homestead (c. 1766)
- Site of former Vanderveer-Cortelyou House (c. 1787)

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

Producers: Jeremy Lechtzin (StreetDeets founder) and Bert Spaan (former engineer of NYPL's NYC Space/Time Directory).

Participants are required to bring their own bicycle, lock, and helmet. The tour will continue rain or shine!