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Phil Aaron’s Return to Brooklyn Nostalgia Tour!

It is with great pleasure that we are able to accompany Native-Ex-Brooklynites back to their home borough, if only for a few hours, in order to celebrate their lives and histories with them. That’s why we were so excited when Lauren & Estelle, the daughter & wife (respectively) of Phil Aaron, reached out to us to book an 80th Birthday Return to Brooklyn Nostalgia Tour for the family!

The Aaron Family in the Lobby of the Loews Kings. 

Lauren and Estelle weren’t kidding around. They brought about a dozen family members (including the grandchildren!) and mapped out four hours worth of visits and activity to bring Phil back to his hometown. Check out their itinerary –

Phil Aaron / The Big 8-Oh! / Return to Brooklyn Tour

  • 2 pm: Board mini coach at Junior’s
  • 2 – 2:30 pm : Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens
    • Stop outside the Aaron family’s store at 290 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. Phil worked there sometimes on weekends or school vacations. His father sold juvenile furniture, floor coverings and toys at Christmas.
  • 2:30 – 3:15 pm: Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
    • Stop outside Phil’s grandparent’s apartment  (Nathan and Tessie Lesch) on President Street near Eastern Parkway
  • 3:15 – 3:30 pm:  Hop-out at Phil’s boyhood home:  170 Hawthorne Street,   Apt 2G Flatbush
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm: Tour the old neighborhood!:
    • Elementary  PS 92 – 601 Parkside Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
    • Middle School, PS 246 ( Walt Whitman) 72 Veronica Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11226
    • The Parkside Playground – adjacent to PS 92
  • 4:00 – 4:15 p.m: Hop-out at Loews Kings Theater. Mini-tour inside! (also bathroom break!)
  • 4:15 – 5:00 pm: Neighborhood tour of Flatbush, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay en route to Coney Island
  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm: Hop-out at Coney Island!
  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm:  Return to Carroll Gardens and drop off at Marco Polo restaurant

Mark was their inestimable tour guide and made it to each and every one of their stops. Mark sweet-talked his way inside Phil’s childhood apartment building (if not inside his actual apartment!)

Phil and the Boys inside 170 Hawthorne Street.

Checking out the Hot Dog Wall of Honor at Nathan’s.

We love doing these tours so much because it’s only half-tour-guiding. The other half is listening to the client’s stories about growing up in a Brooklyn that is so long ago and so far away, the only way we can revisit it is through our wonderful customers’ memories. And the look of joy on their faces when we can bring them back inside their childhood palaces – well, this picture of Phil and Estelle inside the Loews Kings on Flatbush Ave speaks for itself.

Lord Phil and Queen Estelle on their throne in the Loews Kings. 

Brooklyn nostalgia tours might seem like they’re JUST for old-school ex-Brooklynites, but take our word for it – we love to bring EVERYONE to Brooklyn to show off it’s history, cultures, buildings, parks and people! And we can’t wait to show you OUR Brooklyn, USA!

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