Hello Brooklyn. That’s the name of a new Brooklyn-specific Circle Line tour launching early in May. The two-hour boat ride focuses on Brooklyn’s importance to New York City culture, business and history. And food.
Brooklyn food and drink will be featured, including selections from Brooklyn Cupcake, Brooklyn Brewery, Junior’s, which is world famous for its cheesecake, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Brooklyn Cured, and Brooklyn Roasting Company.
According to The Brownstoner, tour guides will offer a brief historical narrative, including an explanation of how Brooklyn “relates to the sights of Manhattan and New Jersey, ”
Guides also will talk about the Brooklyn Navy Yard and its importance in World War II and rebirth today as an incubator for entrepeneurs, the Gowanus Canal and even the notorious local rapper, Biggie Smalls.
The boat ride starts at Circle Line’s Hudson River Park’s Pier 83 in Manhattan, passing Manhattan’s famous skyline and the Statue of Liberty before cutting through the Upper Bay to Bay Ridge, which the Circle Line brochure describes as “a neighborhood made famous by disco dancing and John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever”.
Then, the sightseeing boat heads north past Sunset Park, Gownanus and Red Hook before floating down Buttermilk Channel, between Governors Island’s east side and Brooklyn, passing Dumbo, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
For the final leg, the cruise will float beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges before heading back to Pier 83.
Ironically, most of “Hello Brooklyn” passengers will be aboard one of Circle Line’s two modern new boats, named the Circle Line Bronx and the Circle Line Staten Island. Not Brooklyn.
Adult tickets start at $38, with children and seniors respectively costing $30 and $36. Check Circle Line’s website for availability.