October 19, 2004
After leaving Battery Park, you travel around towards South Street Seaport and then across the Manhattan Bridge to Brooklyn. Buses are not allowed on the Brooklyn Bridge, but this is better as you can look across to the right to see it as you go over the river.
The first stop is the Marriott Hotel. You then travel through Camden Plaza, Brooklyn Heights, Old Fulton Landing, and onto the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Of everywhere in this town, the museum and the gardens seemed the only place anyone would really want to visit.
We stayed on the bus for the whole tour and the guide was very good, but we disembarked once we got back to the Marriott Hotel, as this is where you can walk the Brooklyn Bridge. There are also some good views of the Manhattan skyline and of Liberty Island.
Once off the bus, you walk straight ahead and follow the signs for the bridge. This was the best bit of this tour. I would say that if you buy the all-loops tour and don’t have time for all four, this is the one you should miss out – sorry Brooklyn, I’m sure you’re very nice, but just not as interesting as Manhattan.
From journal A Week in New York