The Brooklyn shoreline—much like the rest of the borough itself—is constantly changing and ever-evolving. But the waterfront holds on to its history, too, and fascinating clues to our maritime past can easily be found with the right guide and the proper perspective.

Take a tour aboard the Kingston!

Now you can get both thanks to a series of boat tours hosted by Turnstile Tours and Classic Harbor Line.

Step aboard the Kingston, a 1920s mini-style yacht, and take a narrated two-hour cruise narrated exploring the Brooklyn waterfront past and present.

The tours, which take place on Saturdays through mid-October, will also feature special guest speakers, including Sarah Crean and Emily Manley, editors here at New York Environment Report!

Not only will you learn about Brooklyn’s historical role as an industrial powerhouse and its modern-day resurgence, but you’ll also hear how those factors play a part in the ecological health, history, and future of our favorite borough.

Be sure to join us on September 19 or October 10th!

Visit Turnstile Tours to purchase tickets and learn more about the tours.

General admission is $54 per person, with discounts for children under 15.

Use discount code NYER10 for 10% off any ticket price!

Tour Routes:

The historic Brooklyn waterfront. Image via Brooklyn Waterfront History

Boat tour routes may include the following sites:

  • The Brooklyn Navy Yard, a former Naval shipyard now home to more than 330 creative and manufacturing businesses
  • Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges
  • Red Hook and Erie Basin, where we will share stories of residents and waterfront businesses in this historically working-class neighborhood
  • Governors Island – from military base to parkland
  • The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Hear stories of the diverse range of businesses and entrepreneurs inside growing industrial and creative clusters along the waterfront
  • See other emerging uses for the borough’s waterfront, including the development of new green spaces and infrastructure that have reconnected neighborhoods with the city’s waterways and play an important role in protecting the shoreline and maintaining the health of the harbor.