STREET / ART, Lower East Side Discover how the chaos of the Lower East Side has shaped—and continues to shape—the destiny of the art world. There’s an incredible amount of street art in New York City whether Banksy (English) or Invader (French) have “residencies” here or not. See and learn who and what inspired today’s fascinating mix of paste-ups, stencils, memorials, tags and throws. Get the context behind Banksy’s October street art blitz right here in the streets where hip hop and graffiti began. Besides the latest street art and graffiti pieces, we’ll explore earlier art in and about the streets by talking early photography and painting. We’ll stop into a half dozen art galleries along the way, comparing and contrasting street art and graffiti with art on the gallery walls. Around us, historic tenements mix with bold architectural innovation in this eclectic and ever-evolving neighborhood. We’ll end at the edge of the East Village between two of NYC's most famous street art sites. No tour is ever the same. In addition to the aforementioned street artists and samplings from contemporary art stars, we typically find Shepard Fairey, Stikman, LEE, Kenny Scharf, Nick Walker, Retna, and COPE pieces along the route.
BROOKLYN LOVE: Writers Ramble through The Heights This love-themed scenic walk is also a literary sampling of America’s top 19th and 20th century writers. It winds through the streets and alleys of New York City’s first historic district, past an array of world-class architecture, and onto the Promenade overlooking the new Brooklyn Bridge Park and Manhattan. Cafes, theaters, parks, and shops abound, including the world’s first Häagen-Dazs ice cream shop.
BIKE BROOKLYN BASEBALL: a history of Baseball & Brooklyn 100 years of baseball in 9 miles and 3 hours of biking! Whether you're from Brooklyn or not you've probably heard about the great local ballclubs of the 1950s. The Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants battled in New York to rule the major leagues. In fact, 14 of the 20 pennants from the 50's belonged to a NYC team. But there's so much more! Brooklyn alone holds an unprecedented place in baseball history. Far beyond Jackie Robinson and the color barrier, the quirks of Ebbets Field, or the meteoric rise of Brooklyn's own Sandy Koufax lies the unbelievable roots of our nation's pastime. On the tour we roll back in time into the mid-1800s and gentleman club "base ball" and explore into the modern era and the exodus of the Dodgers in 1957... all this while rolling along one of the finest circuits of urban bike paths in the country. Neighborhoods visited include Park Slope, Flatbush, and Prospect Height. The rolling greenery of Prospect Park and the landmark 1838 Green-Wood Cemetery is also in the mix.
Also available for private tours:
* Street / Art, Gowanus
* Unconscious Influence: A Prospect Park Bike Ride
* Folk to Punk, West to East Village, 1960 to 1980
* Coney Island's Talking Boardwalk