The founders of the acclaimed Big Onion Walking Tours outline 10 historical walks in their home borough, from America's first pencil factory to Bedford-Stuyvesant's beautiful row houses to Coney Island. -"San Francisco Chronicle""
From the Author
We wrote this book for everyone who has a love of, or an interest in, New York City.Today, we conduct more than twenty different tours, and counting, all over the city. In the book we've brought together our experience as historians and doctoral candidates, reading and writing about New York and New Yorkers. What we do in the book and on our tours is introduce people to things they wouldn't normally see. We then talk about how what you see all around you today in the city is related to all sorts of events that have happened in the hundreds of years since New Amsterdam and New York were established. Our goal is to make the history accessible, interesting, fun, and serious at the same time. The book has versions of our walking tours of the Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Harlem, the Financial District, the Upper East Side, Central Park, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights, and the Four Squares of Manhattan. In addition, we've crafted a driving tour of the neighborhoods outside of Manhattan that many visitors and many New Yorkers don't often visit. We hope you like it and we'd like to hear from you. Please let us know what you think by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seth Kamil and Eric Wakin (the authors)