The Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE) presents its “Spring 2008 Urban Tours,” which includes exciting events throughout May and June.
Calendar of Events
Rust and Remembrance: Bushwick’s Southern End, with Adam Schwartz, May 17 from 1-3 p.m. Bushwick is a bustling neighborhood with a sleepier southern side. The historic houses lining these leafy streets date from a late 19th century real estate boom.
Attendees will be taking in Bushwick’s more distant past, including the Irving Square Park area, as well as Trinity Cemetery, where almost every gravestone is cast from metal.
This eye-opening stroll will demonstrate the need for historic preservation in this rapidly changing community. Meet at the northeast corner of Chauncey Street and Broadway.
Fifth Annual Sustainable Brooklyn Bike Tour: Green Manufacturing (free), with Colin Weatherby, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Green Movement is about more than changing habits and ideas. It’s about changing industries as well.
Join them on a cycling tour of Brooklyn’s green collar revolution. On this tour, you will be visiting factories, craftsmen, and everything in between. The ride will begin at the center’s new LEED certified Gowanus complex.
Be prepared for three to four hours of casual riding and some light post-tour festivities. Meet at 168 Seventh Street.
Horseshoe Crab Mating at Dead Horse Bay, with Sharon Seitz, May 18 from 6-8 p.m. Take a twilight walk along the shores of Dead Horse Bay for this once a year occurrence. Along the Eastern seaboard in late May and early June, at the time of the full and new moons, throngs of horseshoe crabs descend on the shoreline to spawn.
Come see this spectacle and learn about these creatures, which have not changed in over 300 million years.
Meet at the bus stop across the street from the entrance to Floyd Bennett Field.
Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn, with Francis Morrone, May 31 from 2-4 p.m. Celebrate Whitman’s 209th birthday (May 31, 1819). The literary scholar Harold Bloom said that Whitman was the only American writer who could be put in the same class as Shakespeare.
Whitman was an art that tried to encompass all the world around him, and it was Brooklyn, he said, that nurtured his spirit. “America’s Bard” is forever associated with the city in which he lived and wrote for so many years.
On the walk attendees will take in sites associated with Whitman’s life and writings, architectural reminders of his Brooklyn era, and examples of his influences. Meet at the North West corner of Court and Montague streets.
Brooklyn Navy Yard – A Bus and Walking Tour, with Richard Drucker and Ans Heerdink-Schickler, June 1 from 1-3 p.m. Join them for a special guided bus tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard with Richard Drucker, senior vice president for external affairs of the Brooklyn Navy Yard followed by a walking tour of Vinegar Hill, home to Irish immigrants and other ethnic groups who worked on the Brooklyn waterfront in the late 19th century.
Meet promptly at 12:45 p.m. for the 1 p.m. bus departure at the corner of York and Jay streets. Cost is $35 for members; $45 for non-members. There is a limited capacity and pre-registration is required.
Fees for tours are $13 for non-members, $10 for BCUE members, and $8 for seniors and students with ID, except where otherwise stated.
For reservations and details, call 718-788-8500 extension 217. For more, go to www.bcue.org.