Williamsburg Tours

Williamsburg Tours:
The Hipster Safari

COMING SOON!

“The Hipster Safari” walking experience focuses on the strange and fascinating life of the creature known as the “hipster,” while exploring their main habitat of Williamsburg, a trendy enclave that is considered the epicenter and pioneering point of Brooklyn hip. Together, we’ll explore popular hangouts, art studios/galleries, music venues, street murals, cool shops, and more, with an opportunity to sample local culinary treats and either a locally brewed beer or glass of wine. There will be unique opportunities for “safari”-goers to interact with local hipsters, but be warned: we can’t guarantee they won’t bite!

All joking aside, this is a fun yet informative tour aimed to help you understand the past, present, and future of this fascinating neighborhood. Long before the arrival of the mustached and flannel-wearing transplants that call Williamsburg home today, these streets historically teemed with a rich immigrant experience, filled with wartime industry, manufacturing, and beer, lots of beer. The alleyways and blocks of Williamsburg have served as stomping grounds for the likes of famous writers (like Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; and Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn), performers (Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Gene Simmons), notorious gangsters (“Bugsy” Siegel), and more. We’ll guide you through the multilayered history and the overwhelmingly hip contemporary scene, on an entertaining and engaging adventure!

Williamsburg Tour Highlights Include:
  • Unique waterfront views; street art; neighborhood exploration; and commentary on Williamsburg, its history, culture (particularly its thriving art, music, and food scene), DIY (do-it-yourself) manufacturing movement, and relevance in the big picture of Brooklyn and NYC at large
  • Dedicated services of a licensed, native NYC guide and small group settings (12 people maximum per tour)
  • Access to an artist’s studio and gallery
  • Visits to a “maker’s” workshop/showroom, and other standout neighborhood establishments
  • Stop for complimentary glass of wine/beer
  • Choice of hot beverage at a cool coffeehouse
  • Samplings of sweets or light bites from select local vendors
COMING SOON!
To book this as a private tour, please contact us at info@BQEtours.com or 347-628-2088.
Williamsburg Brooklyn Tour
Williamsburg Tour Details:
  • Tour Length: Approximately 3 hours
  • Tour Schedule: See our tour calendar for scheduled outings.
  • Meeting Point: Only one subway stop from Manhattan, in Williamsburg. Directions and exact meeting location will be provided by e-mail following ticket purchase.
  • FAQ: See answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Cost: $55/person; advanced purchase required. Ticket prices include all cited tastings, beverages, and establishment visits. However, it’s a good idea to have some extra cash handy, in case you’re interested in purchasing any artwork or other artisanal products that you may come across on the tour. Note that food and drink inclusions are meant to serve as tastings, and are not intended to replace a full meal.
  • Book It:
    Or, call:
    347-628-2088
    To book this as a private tour, please contact us at info@BQEtours.com or 347-628-2088.

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  • WHAT TO EXPECT

    Small
    Groups

    Small Groups
    With just 12 participants max, our tours ensure an intimate, highly personalized experience, and easy rapport between guide and guests.

    Meet
    Locals

    Meet Locals
    You'll meet all sorts of locals, both spontaneously and by design—interact and engage with neighborhood artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs.

    Food
    and Drink

    Food and Drink
    Brooklyn and Queens offer particular culinary delights, with artisanal fare and quality libations—you'll sample several satisfying selections of signature food and drink.

    Cultural Immersion

    Cultural Immersion
    This isn't your average point-and-talk tour! Mingle with artists in their studios, meet local "makers," discover neighborhood haunts far removed from the guidebooks, and much more.

    Interesting Stories


    Interesting Stories

    Beyond the requisite facts and headlines, our guide shares engaging stories, reflecting on personal connections to local streets and communities, and recounting curated tales of only-in-NYC characters and events.

    Native
    Guides

    Native Guides
    Be led through Brooklyn and Queens by a native guide offering unique local perspective and insight, as a lifelong witness to the city's rapidly changing face.