“Wonderful unmissable Brooklyn Literary Pub Crawl”
I did the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl on a New York visit in 2010 and loved loved loved it... 6 years later on a return to New York (I missed out unfortunately on a brief 2013 visit) I signed up for the Brooklyn walk and on a muggy Sunday afternoon in December walked into the most wonderful literary experience. I was lucky as by some untoward and undeserved serendipity my literary guide was Marissa Levien who all of 6 years ago had shown me Greenwich Village. Marissa in her own right is extraordinary, she is a writer, visual artist, actress, gallery manager, raconteur par excellence, drinking partner of the highest order, who delivers anecdotes (often hilarious, startling or even hair-raising), stories, poems, quotations, and interesting facts in rapid-fire drop of a hat succession, quite simply she is a Wonder to the World, and the perfect person to stroll through New York with. This was my first time ever in Brooklyn and I loved getting to know the area and learn about its literary associations, among others we met and talked for example about Walt Whitman, Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Hart Crane, H.P. Lovecraft, and so much more on our walk... We even drank in a bar where Frank McCourt (Brooklyn-born!) lived... (In passing let me add that you could spend a lifetime in Ireland, as I have very nearly done, and never encounter a brogue as sweet or musical as Marissa's for that alone this tour is highly recommended!)...Apart from the literature and the bars, walking through Brooklyn has its own splendours, the view from the Waterfront towards Downtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge for example is breath-taking... The two literary pub crawls I have done have gifted me the two best afternoons I have had in New York, and I urge you wherever you may reside on this sorry planet to stand up if you can and plane, train, bus, drive, cycle, run, walk, or crawl to New York to do these tours... Whether you are interested in literature, bars, areas of New York City, or just plain walking, or any one or combination of the above, you simply cannot have a more rewarding experience... I am looking forwards to returning to visit Brooklyn, now that I have had such a perfect introduction, but first of all I am returning to repeat the Greenwich Village tour... I mean you can't have two much of a good thing, can you?...
Visited December 2016