If you read Brooklyn Spaces online or have a copy of Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity, published last year, you know the site’s founder, Oriana Leckert, has a lock on the quirkiest, coolest places in the borough. Now she has teamed up with veteran tour guide Jonah Levy to make some of those Brooklyn spaces more physically and financially accessible.
In an attempt to “illuminate the behind-the-scenes creative life of this borough we live in,” says Leckert, they’ve been offering guided bike tours of unusual museums, experimental spaces and quirky shops in Gowanus. Last week, we strapped on a GoPro and followed their lead to Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Twig Terrariums, the Old Stone House, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., Morbid Anatomy Museum, Gowanus Loft, Gowanus Ballroom, and Gowanus Souvenir Shop. Check out the video above to see how it went.
The tours are BYOB (bring your own bike) and typically run four hours, including a snack break courtesy of Levy’s girlfriend, Isabel Kagan, who runs Trough Catering. The cost of the ticket, which ranges from $30 to $35, covers the snack, any admission fees, and a souvenir.
“Of course, anyone could go to any of these places, essentially, on their own if they had the wherewithal to do so,” Leckert told us. “But we’re curating it into this lovely little path where we’re facilitating a nice order in which to do things, and private talks, and stuff like that.”
The last planned tour is this Sunday, May 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Although dates for tours through the summer are TBA (subscribe for email updates to keep posted), Levy said they are “certainly scoping out some locations in East Williamsburg to bring people to. Some of these include a three-story parkour gym, a decommissioned passenger ferry, a street-art-centric bar and lots more.” Leckert added that they “will definitely be doing new and different permutations” of the bike tours in the future, possibly with a new name.
“New Yorkers don’t want to be considered tourists, delivered to locations to view or observe– they want to have fun and interact,” Levy explained.