“Walt Whitman’s Fort Greene Park and Area”
followed by an optional walk to the Brooklyn Navy Yard
A guided, free stroll sponsored by Fort Greene Park Conservancy and The
Walt Whitman Project
Walk around Fort Greene Park, a greensward that owes its existence in large part to Walt Whitman’s editorials written for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and learn about this poet’s intimate connection with Brooklyn’s first official park. The afternoon includes discussions about the park, its role in the American Revolution and Civil War, the Wallabout Martyrs and the monument dedicated to their memory. In addition, guest performers sing and recite poetry and prose pertinent to this afternoon of discovery. The event continues with a walk up Myrtle Avenue to 99 Ryerson Street, the last existing building in Brooklyn that was a residence of Walt Whitman. Your guide is Greg Trupiano, Artistic Director of The Walt Whitman Project.
NEW THIS YEAR: At the conclusion of the Whitman tour, we encourage participants to continue on to BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. BLDG 92 is a unique exhibition and visitor’s center that celebrates the past, present and future of the Yard and the surrounding communities. Whitman tour participants can learn more about the British Prison Ships moored here and will have the opportunity to retrace their steps on the Interactive Map. Admission is free. BLDG 92 is a great way to end your day–especially with a coffee or a glass of wine at the rood top cafe!
MEET at 1:00 p.m. at the Visitors Center, Top of the Hill, Fort Greene Park