Why Williamsburg?

Why Williamsburg?

Visitors to New York City either think they know Williamsburg or that it’s just not for them. Having a more recent reputation as a home to hipsters or seeing the extensive L train renovations may have put you off from taking the trip over / under the East River. Well not only is Like A Local Tours a Williamsburg expert, but it’s also our home neighborhood! When you join us there, you’ll hear our guides talk about the history of the neighborhood from First Nations to immigration, the boom and then bust, and the eventual reinvention of the area. We walk the side streets and back streets, take in the unique view of the Manhattan Skyline, and spend time at some of the delicious Mom and Pop eateries that the neighborhood has to offer, all giving you a foundation to Williamsburg that can be used to then go adventuring yourself.

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A Closer Look: Line & Label // Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Shopping Tour

A Closer Look: Line & Label // Sustainable Brooklyn Food & Shopping Tour

Kate O'Riley, Owner, Creative Directer, Head Designer and mind behind all that is Greenpoint's Line and Label took a minute to tell us more about her story. This boutique/studio has a magical way of offering up just the right mixture of hard edged leather, delicate necklace and that mystical ring. It's the shop that every urban woman wishes were on their corner, let's find out how it was dreamed up!

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Boss Babes Series #5: Suzanne Palmer of Olly Oxen Free Vintage

Boss Babes Series #5: Suzanne Palmer of Olly Oxen Free Vintage

For the fifth article in our boss babes series, we sat down with Suzanne Palmer, owner of the incredible Brooklyn vintage store, Olly Oxen Free.

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Explore Brooklyn's Design Center With Us!

Explore Brooklyn's Design Center With Us!

Industry City has taken the heart of New York's former manufacturing hub and reimagined it for the 21st Century while still celebrating the city's historic ingenuity and work ethic. This is an immersive experience: where designer meets maker meets buyer. New ideas happen spontaneously in the various open spaces that allow people to naturally collide…

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The Best Halloween Parties & Events in NYC!

The Best Halloween Parties & Events in NYC!

This year, NYC celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Village Halloween Parade! Don’t miss it, along with tons of other great events!

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Like A Local Tours Celebrates A Milestone: 10,000 Customers!

Like A Local Tours Celebrates A Milestone: 10,000 Customers!

“I couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved. We have a great team, great partners and this is just the beginning. It has been incredibly rewarding to positively impact a person’s first visit to NYC, or introduce a local to a new neighborhood or a new favorite restaurant….”

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THE BQX HAS THE MAYOR’S SUPPORT!

THE BQX HAS THE MAYOR’S SUPPORT!

The Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX) will be New York City’s first new rail system since the subway began service more than a century ago. Like A Local Tours has been a proud support of this project since day 1, along with hundreds of other businesses. It will connect parts of Queens and Brooklyn along the waterfront that are underserved by current modes of public transportation. It will be paid for by real estate development tax and will be a boon to business and residents…

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Interview with a Local: Nic Cowles, Tasting Room Manager of Van Brunt Stillhouse

Interview with a Local: Nic Cowles, Tasting Room Manager of Van Brunt Stillhouse

One of the best things about Brooklyn is the craft maker movement. Several of our tours are built around experiencing this phenomenon which not only is an opportunity to learn about these dynamic businesses, but a chance to meet and interact with the people who built them. One of those places is Van Brunt Stillhouse which we visit on our Red Hook Tour. We had a chance to chat with Nic Cowles who is the Tasting Room Manager of Van Brunt Stillhouse…

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New & Notable in NYC & Brooklyn!

New & Notable in NYC & Brooklyn!

New York City just keeps getting better and better! With so many new restaurants, bars, and parks not to mention theater, live music, museum exhibits and more, here are our top 5 new and notable for end of summer / fall (so far!):

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Bushwick Restaurant Scene. Our Top 5.

Bushwick Restaurant Scene. Our Top 5.

We sometimes end our Insider Art Tour of Bushwick at famed, and still a local favorite, Roberta's Pizza. But there are lots of other excellent dining options in the area…

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Food blogger Beauty & The Beets loved our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn food tour!

Food blogger Beauty & The Beets loved our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn food tour!

"For the past decade, I visit the city several times a year and have been making up for lost time. But one thing I have never done in New York is a food tour. Again, I don’t know why. I tend to take a food tour in every other city I visit, but never New York. But now I am a NYC food tour virgin no more. I recently signed up for a food tour in Brooklyn. A tour called Williamsburg Bites: A Brooklyn Foodie Adventure. The cost of the tour was only $50, which is cheaper than most any other tour I have taken in any other city (and they New York City is the most expensive!) And honestly, for that lower price, I was expecting a mediocre tour with limited samples and not a lot of personality. And I was wrong."

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Experience Industry City, Brooklyn's New Design District!

Experience Industry City, Brooklyn's New Design District!

You might have heard about Industry City, Brooklyn's 3.5 acre, 6 million square foot mixed used complex with amazing restaurants, shops, artist studios, co-working spaces and more. We were lucky to have been give a tour of the entire campus and we can't wait to share what we learned.

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Interview with a Local: Bushwick, Brooklyn Based Artist Espartaco Albornoz Abreu

Interview with a Local: Bushwick, Brooklyn Based Artist Espartaco Albornoz Abreu

We are excited to introduce you to Espartaco, a talented and exciting Brooklyn-based artist and creator of the Nozco. We were first introduced to him through Brooklyn Brush in Bushwick, where his studio is located. We are proud to announce that he is heading up our special Brooklyn graffiti experience / workshop and is also part of our Insider Art Tour of Bushwick. We hope you enjoy reading this article as much as we had fun sitting down with Espartaco and unearthing it over tostadas in Bushwick...

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Behind the Scenes: Gowanus Art Tour

Behind the Scenes: Gowanus Art Tour

Last weekend we hosted a family on our Behind the Scenes Art Tour in Gowanus. It was such an interactive and fantastic experience, so we wanted to share photos!

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Like A Local Tours: Our Top Ten Favorite NYC Restaurants Right Now

Like A Local Tours: Our Top Ten Favorite NYC Restaurants Right Now

From spicy Sichuan to upscale French, here are our favorite restaurants in NYC and Brooklyn.

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10... 9... 8... here's where we think you should celebrate NYE in NYC!

10... 9... 8... here's where we think you should celebrate NYE in NYC!

From a party at a brewery to a 90s themed burlesque show, here are our top picks to celebrate New Year's Eve in New York City.

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Experiences make the best gifts!

Experiences make the best gifts!

Experiences and the people we love make life grand. Gift a special NYC or Brooklyn experience. The ultimate in creative gift giving for the traveler, foodie and urban explorer! Read on for a special discount code!

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Interview with a Local: Frederick Bouchardy, Founder of Joya Studio

Interview with a Local: Frederick Bouchardy, Founder of Joya Studio

Joya Studio is a New York City-based fragrance design studio founded by Frederick Bouchardy. They opened their flagship location in 2016, in a retrofitted 19th century garage in the Clinton Hill neighborhood. It is Brooklyn’s first industrial perfumery. They host tours, events, workshops and interactive art installations. The hybrid studio space launch was featured in Vogue, The New York Times, WWD, Wallpaper and Hypebeast. Read on to learn more about the person behind it all.

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Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Why we love our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour

Join us on this 3 hour, food and fun filled experience in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's a great way to meet locals, see street art, learn the history and have a meal! For only $50, this tour is a steal! Read on to learn more...

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Brooklyn Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

Brooklyn Breweries, Wineries and Distilleries

Get your buzz on with a visit to these Brooklyn breweries, wineries and distilleries! From Brooklyn Brewery to New York Distilling Company and more, read on and plan your beer, wine or spirits crawl!

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