Brooklyn Heights: A guided tour of Brooklyn Heights as it would have been led in 1880

Janes Walk


Led By Steve Penn

I don’t profess to be capable of channeling but I can take you on a walking tour tour of Brooklyn Heights as it appeared in 1880. The walk will include some buildings and sites that don’t necessarily serve the same purpose as they did in 1880 but in their new incarnation they are still a vital part of todays community. The tour will also include sites where structure existed in 1880 but has since been demolished.

Brooklyn Heights in 1880 was a community of the privileged were able to live among block after block of exquisite brownstone mansions in addition to be on the edge of a thriving waterfront.

No special gear is required for this tour but you must be capable of closing your eyes and imagining.


The walk is an easy hour and one half stroll through Brooklyn Heights. I am 85 years old and find it easy walk. Lots of stopping along the way.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Street Scene Near Brooklyn Bridge, ca. 1872-1887. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Brooklyn Museum, George Bradford Brainerd (American, 1845-1887) photographer. Modifications: photo cropped.