The Coney Island & Little Odessa Tour is a 6 hour walking tour with approximately 2 hours of transportation round trip.* The majority of the train ride is above ground and provides plenty of opportunity for sightseeing, discussion and drive-by shooting. *(Subway costs are not included in the tour price.) This is a very good neighborhood to shoot street photography or if you just want to explore the neighborhood and take urban landscape photos.
Yes, Coney Island is a public beach in New York City (on the Atlantic Ocean) with a boardwalk and an amusement park! It has a very colorful history in real life as well as in literature (The Great Gatsby) and film (Annie Hall and He's Got Game.) It is fabulous to visit and to photograph both in the summer when its crowded and in the winter as well. Little Odessa at Brighton Beach (which adjoins with Coney Island) is a wonderful Ukrainian/Russian neighborhood with lots of little shops and the main street is under an elevated train. We will tour both the beach and the surrounding neighborhoods.
In June, Coney Island hosts the annual Mermaid Parade and on July 4th is the annual hot dog eating contest. In the months November-April on Sundays is the Polar Bear Swim with their big celebration on January 1st. I do tours of these events. Reserve early as they get booked quickly in advance.
This is a private tour and the cost is $330 for a group up to 4 people. (Inquire for larger groups.) For more information or to reserve a tour contact me. A 50% deposit (payable through PayPal) is required to reserve a date. You can choose to be met at your hotel or meet in a designated location. The time listed for the tour is the minimum about of time that we can reasonably see and shoot here. We can definitely do a longer tour if you like. An additional hour is $55 and it is possible that I will be able to accommodate that during our tour.
Tour Suggestions are a sample of some of the possible places of my tours with the length of time and cost included. My tours are designed for those who want to discover New York City, with or without camera. Included are historical, architectural and cultural information about the city. As well, suggestions are offered about how to get around town or other places you might want to visit while you’re here. Photos documenting your tour can also be included.
For photo tours (beginners to advanced,) assistance is provided on camera use, techniques and photographic opportunities. Genres include (but are not limited to) urban landscapes, graffiti and street photography.
I specialize in customized tours to suit your specific interests and any of the sample tours can be modified or we can start from scratch. Tours range from 4 hours to multiple days (discounts apply) depending on what you would like to achieve and the amount of time that you have.
“Excellent photography company and local knowledge - Leanne is an excellent guide and Photographer. I did two tours with her; little Odessa and Harlem. She has bags of wonderful local knowledge. Her tours are well organised, personal and great value. She can help photographers of all abilities capture great images. She takes you to locations that would take you days to find on your own and is great company. Very highly recommended.” - Charles, Pershore, UK