Tour of Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn

Tour of Walt Whitman's Brooklyn

Join NYU professor and Walt Whitman Initiative president Karen Karbiener for a walking tour of Whitman’s Brooklyn homes and haunts.

  • A walk in Whitman’s footsteps through his Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods

  • Take in readings and discussions of relevant passages from his poetry

  • Final stop at 99 Ryerson Street, Brooklyn’s earliest LGBT site and the only extant Whitman home in NYC

About this Event:

Join NYU professor and Walt Whitman Initiative president Karen Karbiener for a walking tour of Whitman’s Brooklyn homes and haunts.  Starting at the Fort Greene Park rangers station, we’ll walk in Whitman’s footsteps, making stops at sites of significance for Whitman as he wrote and printed America’s cultural declaration of independence, the first edition of Leaves of Grass.   Enjoying relevant passages of Whitman’s poetry as we tour his old neighborhood, we’ll end our pilgrimage at 99 Ryerson Street: the only Whitman home in NYC still standing, and the site of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s visit to Whitman in November 1855.  We’ll discuss the historical and cultural significance of this endangered structure, and current efforts by WWI and several other organizations to preserve and protect the so-called “cradle of American poetry.”

 

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