Urban Oyster Announces the Launch of Their Much Anticipated “Neighborhood Eats NY Waterfront Tour” This May

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Discover the amazing past and present of food along the NYC waterfront. Urban Oyster’s newest walking tour will include delicious food, a ferry ride across New York Harbor, amazing history, tales of Superstorm Sandy and a contribution to ongoing recovery efforts.

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Sign at Steve's Key Lime Pie in Red Hook, Brooklyn

After the storm, Urban Oyster recognized that the tour was more important than ever.

After much anticipation, Urban Oyster will launch their "Neighborhood Eats NY Waterfront Tour” this May. The walking tour will focus on the past and present of food in such neighborhoods as the South Street Seaport , Red Hook, and DUMBO. New York's waterfront was once the home of food being shipped in from around the world, teaming markets where New Yorker's shopped, and major food production plants that fed the country. People often forget that New York City is a city built upon food, its trade and production and, as people will learn on the tour, it was food that was responsible for New York City becoming the financial capital of the world that it is today. Much of the recent coverage of the waterfront has focused on its conversion from industrial to residential and recreational land uses. However, this tour will showcase the many thriving manufacturing and food production businesses that have chosen to make their home near the water once again. Along with new manufacturers, the tour will visit delicious bakeries, restaurants, markets, and shops.

The Seaport, Red Hook and Dumbo are some of the most unique neighborhoods in NYC and sometimes the most overlooked for tourists and locals alike. Residents, who felt the Seaport had been turned into a tourist trap, abandoned the area. Ritzy Dumbo today bears little resemblance to its storied past as a bustling warehouse and industrial district that was home to everything from rope makers to coffee roasters. Finally, Red Hook is one of the most isolated neighborhoods in NYC due to the lack of subway service. Many New Yorkers know of it only because of the IKEA store located there. The expansive views over the harbor toward the Statue of Liberty and Governor’s Island from piers abutting Civil War era warehouses are some of the most spectacular scenes New York has to offer.

Today, a new breed of entrepreneurs is reinventing waterfront neighborhoods. The tour visits new artisan markets, chocolate factories, historic restaurants and brand new shops where guests will taste a host of delicious treats while hearing amazing stories about the waterfront. Groups will start in the Seaport area and then be ferried across the river by New York Water Taxi to complete the tour in Brooklyn. The tour takes the guest on a roller coaster ride through the savory story all the way from the colonial period to the artisanal present. Along the way, guests are treated to a number of delectable tastings as proof of the neighborhood’s “food chops."

The tour will also touch on the tremendous damage that was inflicted by Superstorm Sandy on these neighborhoods and the progress of the recovery efforts. Urban Oyster was actually in the process of developing the New York Waterfront tour when Sandy hit. "We had just started developing the tour this past fall when Sandy struck," shared Urban Oyster guide Brian Hoffman. "It hit the three neighborhoods we were planning to tour really hard. Many of the places we were planning to visit were completely destroyed." After the storm Urban Oyster recognized that the tour was more important than ever and could bring people and dollars back to the local businesses that were hit so badly and are still struggling to recover. In addition, Urban Oyster plans for a portion of the ticket price to be a donation to the recovery efforts, and they are partnering with a number of companies and organizations to make the tour a reality including the Red Hook Initiative and the South Street Seaport Museum.

The “Neighborhood Eats NY Waterfront Tour” will run every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 11am. Thursdays and Saturdays will feature Red Hook while Wednesdays and Sundays will head to Dumbo. All tours begin in the Seaport and include all the food tastings, a bottle of water, a neighborhood map, and round trip transportation aboard NYC Water Taxi. Tickets are $85/person and can be purchased at http://www.urbanoyster.com or by calling 347-618-8687.

About Urban Oyster:
Urban Oyster is a New York-based tour and events company, founded in 2009 by David Naczycz. The company has created multi-sensory, theme-based tours and events in New York City, which aim to reveal the stories behind the people and places that make the city's neighborhoods unique, vibrant, and sustainable. Each tour and event celebrates local people, businesses and institutions and serves to connect people directly to these outstanding and vital resources. By doing so, Urban Oyster hopes to contribute to vibrant and sustainable local economies. Urban Oyster offers a variety of regularly scheduled public tours and events as well as offering private tours and events that are enjoyed by native New Yorkers and visitors alike. http://www.urbanoyster.com

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