Brooklyn tours for non-tourists

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See Prospect Park's Lullwater Bridge on the Green Tour

Why sit in traffic on the top deck of a big red tour bus through Times Square when you can take an Afro-Caribbean tour through Bed-Stuy, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill? Borough-natives Stacey Toussaint and Sheila Collins are offering the ethnic tour as one of their Inside Out Tours through Brooklyn. The walking and bus tours highlight some of the borough’s more off-the-beaten-path historical spots and cultural themes. Besides the Afro-Caribbean tour, the pair offers a Brooklyn gospel tour, green tour, Sunset Park ethnic-food-tasting tour, Brooklyn after-dark and, of course, the Hip-Hop tour.

Inside Out Tours just won the top prize and $15,000 from the Brooklyn Public Library’s annual PowerUP! competition for entrepreneurs. The tours ain’t exactly Brokelyn-cheap ($30+), but how many times have you walked by an old brownstone and wondered if it was a stop on the Underground Railroad (or had no idea)? And we really want to know what’s on that after-dark tour.

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