Joe Svehlak

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Native Brooklynite, historian, and community activist. Involved in planning and preservation issues in Brooklyn and in Downtown Manhattan for over 40 years. Former careers in Wall Street and Brooklyn real estate (brownstones and co-ops). Freelance custom tours for various organizations and family groups with focus on architecture, social history, ethnicity, planning, and preservtion. Member of various preservation organizations and historic societies. Since 1998 have created walking tours of Downtown Manhattan and various Brooklyn neighborhods for the Municipal Art Society and for several years was one of their principal Grand Central Terminal guides.

Special Tours:

Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bushwick, Ridgewood, Cypress Hills/Highland Park, Coney Island. Lower Manhattan's Architectural Legacy, Downtown Manhattan's Religious History, Nassau Street, Lower WEST Side (Little Syria) Immigrant History. Harlem: Mount Morris Park, Hamilton Heights and Strivers Row. These are all approximately 2 hour walks. An all day Brooklyn or Harlem bus and walking tour.






Services Offered:

Tour Guide

Tours Offered:

Art & Architectural Tours Brooklyn Chelsea Dutch New Amsterdam Grand Central Terminal Immigrant Experience Private Bus Tours Private Tours Walking Tours