Brooklyn Unplugged Tours Provides Interactive Cultural Tours of Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Jeffrey (Yehuda) Stirewalt is a recent Brooklyn College graduate who majored in Finance and Business Management.  He is a veteran of  Ted Liebowitz’s Liebowitz Entrepreneurship Program

 where students learn first hand about starting a business.  Brooklyn Unplugged Tours specializes in interactive cultural tours of Brooklyn. I took the Flatbush Caribbean Food and Culture Adventure tour.  Depending on the group, tours can meet in Manhattan at Union Square and begin with a subway ride to the destination or they can meet at the destination.  Four participants met Jeffrey in front of the Flatbush Caton Market near the Church Avenue stop on the B train for a 4 hour tour.  The trip took about 45 minutes from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. jeffrey 2You won’t miss Jeffrey in his Brooklyn Unplugged t-shirt and clipboard.

The tour costs $39 per person.  Private tours are $40 per hour and you can even request one with Brooklyn’s own borough historian Ron Schweiger.  According to the website private tours are never too small or too large. They can be arranged for 1 or for 100+.  What is really special about Brooklyn Unplugged Tours is that it is not a pre-packaged and scripted tour.  Rather, it is more a walk through a neighborhood with a knowledgeable local.  We met merchants at the Caton Market merchant and stopped and talked to people in street, introduced to us by Jeffrey, a third generation Brooklynite.  When I asked if we could stop in one of the clothing stores Jeffrey agreed seeing that other group members were receptive to the idea. dresses 2dresses

We visited plenty of sites including the old Dutch Reformed Church first built by Governor Stuyvesant in 1654.  Now called the Flatbush Reformed Church the last building was constructed between 1793 and 1798. Dutch Reform church

We visited the site of the soon to be restored Loew’s Kings Theater where we learned both Barbra Streisand and Sylvester Stallone worked.  Here is a picture taken by David Handchuh of the Daily News. Loew's Kings theater David Handchuh And a rendering of the new interior from the Brooklyn Borough President’s office. Rendering from Brooklyn Borough President's office

We visited Erasmus High School, Erasmus High School       Erasmus High School Old BuildingErasmus High School Old Building 2       Erasmus High School grounds  attended by both Streisand and Stallone.

The day ended with a Jamaican 2013-05-03 14.51.10lunch.

As with every experience, Jeffrey took the time to explain the meaning of things to the group. lunchJeffrey restaurant 6       Jeffrey restaurant 8

I really recommend this tour.  I’m looking forward to the Russian Brighton Beach Cultural tour.

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