Greenpoint Walking Tour with Norman Oder

img_1518Saturday, October 22
2:00-4:30 pm

Join veteran Brooklyn tour guide Norman Oder on a briskly-paced, wide-ranging introduction to the neighborhood, including historic blocks, converted historic buildings, commercial corridors, religious institutions, parks, and civic buildings. The tour will touch on industrial history, immigration (notably Greenpoint’s enduring Polish presence), and the current (and future) signs of gentrification.

This event is co-sponsored by Preservation Greenpoint and the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC).

The tour is free, but space is limited. We will meet near the Greenpoint Avenue stop on the G train (exact meeting point will be sent upon RSVP).

Please RSVP to to reserve your spot!

Secret Lives Tour: Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center


Join Historic Districts Council and Preservation Greenpoint for a tour of the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center’s private flagship building (1155-1205 Manhattan Avenue) on Tuesday, October 6 from 11-12:30pm. This extraordinary place has a rich history as one of the last surviving and only active manufacturing buildings along the industrial North Brooklyn waterfront.

The 8-building, 360,000 square feet manufacturing complex was constructed between 1887 and 1903 by Chelsea Jute Mills, a rope manufacturing company. The complex functioned as a textile factory between the 1930s and 1950s until it began leasing space to small woodworking and other manufacturing businesses by the 1970s. After narrowly escaping demolition by the City in the 1980s, the complex now functions as an industrial center for 75 small and mid-sized manufacturing businesses. The tour will include a walkthrough of the building’s interior in addition to a glimpse inside the workshops of three businesses. Cassandra Smith, GMDC project director, will lead the tour and discuss the building’s history and adaptive reuse.

After the tour of the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, continue your exploration of historic Greenpoint with a walking tour led by Matthew Coody, co-founder of Preservation Greenpoint. The brief walk will focus on Franklin Street, the neighborhood’s original commercial core. This area still features wonderful examples of commercial, residential, and industrial architecture despite rapid changes to the neighborhood. Highlights will include the Astral Apartments, the Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory, and the Art Moderne Harte & Company Building.

Friends of HDC $15 General Public $25

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Greenpoint Walking Tour, June 17th!

Wednesday, June, 17, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Meet in front of St. Anthony St. Alphonsus Church at 862 Manhattan Ave Brooklyn, NY 11222 (one block south of the Greenpoint Avenue G train stop)

PresGreenTour61715Join us for a walking tour led by professor, author, and architectural historian Andrew Scott Dolkart (who is back by popular demand!). The group will explore the architecture, history, and development of Brooklyn’s Greenpoint, from the industrial heritage that remains as a reminder of the neighborhood’s role as a powerful industrial center, to the delightful array of residential structures in a wide variety of styles. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Greenpoint from one of New York City’s preeminent architectural experts!

The tour is free, but space is limited; please RSVP to ensure a spot.


footprintsNYSunday, June 29th, 4:00 p.m.

From long-forgotten politicians to the movers and shakers of Gilded Age society, James and Michelle Nevius, authors of Footprints in New York, will discuss the lives of iconic New Yorkers, then lead a walking tour of historic points in the neighborhood. Cosponsored by WORD Bookstore.

Event takes place at:
WORD Bookstore
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Facebook RSVP requested but not required.

Wooden Houses of Greenpoint Walking Tour

Wooden Houses TourSaturday, November 9th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Greenpoint is more than a neighborhood of lofts, galleries, and the best pierogies in Brooklyn. It’s also home to some of our favorite wooden houses! Join Chelcey Berryhill and Elizabeth Finkelstein of the Wooden House Project for a walking tour up, down and all around the unique wooden-house filled streets in this historic area. Learn about how these hearty survivors came to be, their ties to Greenpoint’s early shipbuilding history and how they’re being rediscovered and brought back to life today.

Reservations required; meeting place will be given upon sign-up.

Tickets: $20
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Check out our “Six to Celebrate” Tour!


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This past summer Andrew Scott Dolkart – professor, architectural historian, and director of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation program – led the “official” Six to Celebrate tour of Greenpoint! Co-sponsored by the Historic Districts Council as part of the Six to Celebrate program, this … Continue reading

Six to Celebrate Walking Tour, July 18th

IMG_1463-smallGreenpoint’s historic factory buildings and modest workers’ housing are strong reminders of Brooklyn’s role as a powerful industrial center during the last half of the 19th century.  Join Andrew Scott Dolkart – professor, architectural historian, and director of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation program – as we tour this fascinating neighborhood and take in the industrial heritage displayed by its many extant historic structures. Cosponsored by the Historic Districts Council as part of the Six to Celebrate program.

Thursday, July 18th, 6:00pm


New York City Radio Event, June 9th

wnyctransmittertower_greenpoint_greenpointers_mcoodyJoin WORD Bookstore and Preservation Greenpoint for a special event on June 9th. Historian Alec Cumming will discuss Brooklyn’s contribution to the city’s radio history, from the many Yiddish stations of the ’30s and ’40s to Radio Soleil’s work in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, followed by a guided walk over to WNYC Transmitter Park. RSVP on Facebook (encouraged but not required).