Don’t-Believe-The-Other-Tours Tour of Brooklyn Heights

Janes Walk

Led By Jeremy Lechtzin

Myths, Legends and Fake News of Brooklyn Heights: The Don’t-Believe-The-Other-Tours Tour

Did Washington Roebling really store the Brooklyn Bridge plans in a veterinarian office? Did baseball’s first superstar pitcher really die in a house near Atlantic Avenue? Did a 1938 hurricane dubbed “The Long Island Express” really knock down the spire of a famous neighborhood church? Just how many houses in Brooklyn Heights did Walt Whitman really live in, anyway?!

Brooklyn historian Jeremy Lechtzin guides this in-person walking tour of Brooklyn Heights. Get the real scoop on what actually happened in one of NYC’s oldest neighborhoods, not the lore repeated in guidebooks, on blogs and (yes) by other tour guides. Explore 200+ years of history in 90 minutes of myth busting, kernels-of-truth uncovering and fabricated-out-of-whole-cloth exposing.

We'll walk for about 1 mile on neighborhood streets. The tour starts near the High Street-Brooklyn Bridge subway station (A/C) -- please check weekend subway schedules to make sure trains are stopping the day of the tour! Other nearby stations are York Street (F), Clark Street (2/3 -- if reopened), Borough Hall (2/3/4/6/R) and Jay Street-Metrotech (A/C/F/R). Citibike docks are within 1 block of tour start and end. Many buses run to Tillary/Cadman 3 blocks away.
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 7, 2022
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: History & Culture
Language: English
Orange Street between Hicks and Willow Streets in Brooklyn Heights. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Beyond My Ken.