On a spectacular day in Red Hook guests were enthralled by Tony Cuonzo's garden of Golden Anvil Sculptures. Tony arrived to the United States from Italy and made Bensonhurst (my old neighborhood) his home. When I was growing up I would never have imagined that guests from across the USA would make their destination Brooklyn. And yet people like Tony have been doing so for generations.
Did you know that Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn was NYC's first municipal airport? Today aircraft are lovingly restored and recreated there in meticulous detail by volunteers with the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP). Learn about historic flights, aircraft design, manufacture and restoration. Highly recommended!
Thank you to those who voted for my little business. While I haven't heard from FedEx yet, considering all the positive waves I've been getting from everyone I am hopeful!
What began as Brooklyn Flint Glass is Corning Inc. today. This year Corning celebrates the 150th anniversary of their move from Brooklyn to Corning, NY. Did you know that Corning made Thomas Edison's first light bulbs? That your smartphone screen is probably made of Corning's Gorilla Glass? That they pioneered the manufacture of fiber optic cables? Now Corning employs 45,000 people - many right here in New York.
“Williamsburg is more like four neighbourhoods each with its own unique character,” says Dom Gervasi, who leads Made in Brooklyn Tours. “Walking south to north, you’ll see the 19th century institutional buildings of the gritty southside, which appeals to wabi-sabi enthusiasts, and the nouveau riche of the northside as evidenced by Mac Zone, Whole Foods, and the like.” His guests, hailing from Australia to Scandinavia, are especially taken with local fashion and design. Read the rest in Escape
"Shorty" from Argentina discovers small business owners makin' quality products with beneficial qualities locally. Like skincare products free of undesirable ingredients like animal fat, water or synthetic preservatives. Shorty loved both her tours and judging from her smiles and interactions with the people she met, won't soon forget her time here.
Watch Made in Brooklyn Tours, Brooklyn Grange, Rooftop Reds and Untapped Cities share our perspectives on sustainable tourism, gentrification, the sharing economy and more at Impact Travel Alliance's Building Sustainable Cities Through Travel.
Innovators in cities across the globe are implementing solutions that can sustainably accommodate the growing number of people who inhabit or visit them. Join the Impact Travel Alliance, Made in Brooklyn Tours and others on Tuesday, February 27th at 7pm at The Local NY in Long Island City for an event focused on building sustainable cities through travel.
Happy President's Day! Most Brooklynites know that the Patriots under General George Washington lost the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776. What we know today as New York City was occupied by the British for the entire Revolutionary War. After the war Washington - the original "Comeback Kid" - returned to Bensonhurst as president to lunch at Barre's tavern. I don't think he slept here. ;)
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Give your Valentine a Brooklyn experience to remember! And an opportunity to shop for quality gifts Made in Brooklyn. For the love of Brooklyn, all Made in Brooklyn Tours - bus and walking - are on sale for Valentine's Day. So are gift vouchers!
Like you, I love going off the beaten path to discover interesting Brooklyn makers. Recently, I went behind the scenes of Tools for Working Wood. I may not be a woodworker, but the tools they make are so well made that I think I may take one of their classes. They sell tools made in other countries too, but their Brooklyn Tool & Craft and Gramercy Tools lines really stand out. Do you think they would make a good stop on Made in Brooklyn Tours?
Somethin's cookin' at HQ...
Hmmm... Somethin's cookin' at Made in Brooklyn Tours Headquarters...