Virtual Tour: Walking the Walt Whitman Way


Brooklyn Heights townhouse

Join Walt Whitman Initiative President and NYU Professor Karen Karbiener for a virtual walking tour of Whitman’s Brooklyn. This tour is dedicated to the memory of Greg Trupiano (1955-2020): lifelong Whitmaniac and Brooklynite, devoted cultural activist, and dear friend. The tour offers an introduction to Whitman's earliest days in Brooklyn: it was in Brooklyn Heights that the Whitmans first settled when they moved to Brooklyn from Huntington, LI, in 1823. Whitman's membership in the Brooklyn Apprentice's Library (once located at the Henry/Cranberry intersection) gave the grammar school dropout his first access to books, and his years editing the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in its offices near the Fulton Ferry Landing sharpened his writing skills. We'll start our tour at the site of the first printing of Leaves of Grass, and end it with the view that inspired his seminar New York poem, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry."

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