Brooklyn Bridge: 8th Wonder of the World Walking Tour
Taught by New York Local Tours
New York Local Tours, created by Alex Delare and Jonathan Anderson, is dedicated to using storytelling to bring history to life. The two created their historical walking tour company because of their mutual passion for New York City. Both guides have New York educational backgrounds from their time working in historical institutions teaching students K-12. They come from an acting background, so a tour with New York Local Tours will feel improvisational, fun and thought-provoking.
Exploring a neighborhood with New York Local Tours isn't a boring two-hour lecture; it will feel like an exciting give and take. The ideas and questions that are posed by visitors are what helps to make every tour unique. Groups are kept small so that each tour feels special to their guests. Come walk with New York Local Tours and soon, whether you’re a native New Yorker or not, you will be calling yourself a local, too.
Alex grew up the daughter of a diplomat who was always moving from one country to another but found her home in Brooklyn. Alex has been living in NYC for eleven years now, and found that the city has fueled her passion for history and storytelling. Alex decided to start her own business with her husband, Jonathan, out of their mutual love for the city and sharing its stories together.
Alex is a Certified NYC Sightseeing Guide and is currently pursuing a Masters of History at Brooklyn College. When she is not running the History Couple, you can find her at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum where she works as an Education Specialist, specializing in School & Family Programming. Her work entails creating inventive and meaningful tours and activities for school groups and families who visit the Museum. It is also her responsibility to manage and train the Museum’s ambassadors and volunteers on how to teach sensitive content. Before working at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Alex was employed at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum as a Senior Educator/Costumed Interpreter.
Jonathan is a native of Bar Harbor, which is located on an island off the coast of Maine. He had never imagined that New York would ever be a place he would live, but the stars aligned, and now here he is, loving every minute of it. Jonathan has been living in Brooklyn for six years now and found that his love for history blossomed when he moved here. Jonathan decided to start his own walking tour business with his wife, Alex, out of their shared love for New York and its incredible history.
Jonathan is a Certified NYC Sightseeing Guide and is currently pursuing a Masters of History at Brooklyn College. When not giving tours for their business, he is the Manager of Education & Family Programming at the South Street Seaport Museum. His work includes creating new programming for school groups K-12, developing events for families while also facilitating and managing the training of new Educators. Before the South Street Seaport Museum, Jonathan worked at a Senior Educator at the New-York Historical Society and the New York Transit Museum as a Costumed Interpreter.
Ever wonder where New York’s secret treasure vaults for the insanely rich are? Or what the effects of a highly compressed atmosphere on a common toilet would be? Have you ever found yourself wondering how much fun it must have been to be a poor immigrant in 19th century America? (SPOILER ALERT– It wasn’t!) All this and much more as we walk across the 8th wonder of the world! Get ready to explore the amazing story of this bridge as we show you the true story of the men and women who built it.
On this tour, we’ll start in the old Five Points district, walk through Manhattan’s Civic Center area, cross the Brooklyn Bridge itself and finally end in Brooklyn Heights. You’ll fall in love with the Roebling Family and come to understand why the Brooklyn Bridge is truly the 8th Wonder of the World!
The tour meets in Thomas Paine Park, at the corner of Worth and Lafayette Streets. Advance registration is required!