What is the History of Gentrification in our Neighborhoods,
Why is it happening, and Who benefits?
Discover the answers on our current tour:
Social Justice Walking Tours uses tours as a medium to dig beneath the surface of what New Yorkers regularly see. We aim to engage New Yorkers in a critical dialogue about the past, present and future of our city, from the perspective of marginalized populations. The ultimate aim is to assist in movement building; that is to disperse information, expose injustice, and highlight inequality in a digestible, understandable way to encourage thought and inspire action.
My name is Dan, and I was born, raised, and still live in Brooklyn, NYC. From Palestine to Chiapas Mexico, and Labor organizing to the environmental movement, I have been involved in organizing efforts of one kind or another throughout most of my adult life. I started giving tours as a day job to help me through school and help me pay rent. I began to dream up a project where I ran tours about the issues I cared deeply about, and thus began to study. The more I studied the more I began to look at the city in new ways; seeing things I hadn't seen before, and understanding processes and trends in a new light. The more I learned, the less I realized I knew, and the more shocked I became at the stories learned. I hope to share this information and passion with all of you.
Gentrification in WilliamsburgThis two and a half hour tour of Williamsburg highlights two main themes: Gentrification and Environmental Justice. Williamsburg offers an extreme example of both of these broader themes, and thus makes a very interesting case-study neighborhood in which to delve into these issues. The roots of gentrification and the detailed history of the cause of such rapid change will be covered in depth. This tour gives participants detailed information that will enable them to understand the topic of gentrification, why it is happening, its history, who benefits, and what is driving it. The same is true of the backstory of the environmental justice movement in the area.
This tour will take place every Sunday at 2pm starting on October 9th through the end of November. Tours will go out rain or shine. This tour begins McCarren Park Pool (on Bayard between Leonard and Lorimer Streets). Please sign up in advance for this tour!
This tour will cover a distance of approximately a mile and a half and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. If the walking distance seems like it may be a bit much, please consider reaching out and booking a private tour. With a private tour we can modify the route to accommodate your needs.