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Joe Svehlak

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Native Brooklynite, historian, and community activist. Involved in planning and preservation issues in Brooklyn and in Downtown Manhattan for over 40 years. Former careers in Wall Street and Brooklyn real estate (brownstones and co-ops). Freelance custom tours for various organizations and family groups with focus on architecture, social history, ethnicity, planning, and preservtion. Member of various preservation organizations and historic societies. Since 1998 have created walking tours of Downtown Manhattan and various Brooklyn neighborhods for the Municipal Art Society and for several years was one of their principal Grand Central Terminal guides.

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Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Cypress Hills/Highland Park, Coney Island. Lower Manhattan's Architectural Legacy, Downtown Manhattan's Religious History, Nassau Street, Lower WEST Side (Little Syria) Immigrant History. Harlem: Mount Morris Park, Hamilton Heights and Strivers Row. These are all approximately 2 hour walks. An all day Brooklyn or Harlem bus and walking tour.


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Tour Guide
Tours Offered: 
Architectural Tours
Dutch New Amsterdam
Grand Central Terminal
Immigrant Experience
Private Bus Tours
Private Tours
Walking Tours

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