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Please Help Launch Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered
$505 raised
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Ended May 4, 2017
I started a tour guide business called Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered. Brooklyn has so much to offer to people in terms of architecture, art, fashion, cuisine, history, & attractions. Brooklyn is a multifaceted gem to enjoy. Stroll with me & swap stories

Hi, My name is Akosua Albritton, a resident of Brooklyn, and I'm on a mission to move Brooklyn from an "outer borough" to Brooklyn front and center. I'm growing a tour guide business called Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered that offers a nature walk, neighborhood walks,  presentations, a tour of churches, and visits to places of interests. New itineraries pop out of my head.

Before starting Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered, I taught a Summer Intensive that was called History of Blacks in Brooklyn for 11 years at a local college. My adult learners brought their families and friends along to enjoy the places we visited and listen to my talks. It was a fun way to learn. When a friend heard my description of my class, she said, "You should turn it into a business--just don't give them tests."

It took me a few years to act on my friend's suggestion. Then, I approached a public high school (Erasmus Hall High) to promote it as an afterschool program. While the school considered it, I began taking members of senior centers out to places and did presentations at a community room, a church, and under the Sailors and Soldiers Monument at Grand Army Plaza.

So my business needs fuel to grow and thrive.  It needs $11,000 for essential business set up, sales & marketing, and product development. Will you please chip in $35, $50, $100 or more to get this business on firm ground?  I have great thank you gifts for your support.  The details are in another section.

Last thing, Brooklyn waft it's magic on me years ago when I took the A train the wrong direction.  Instead of heading to lower Manhattan, the train went deeper into Brooklyn. I got off at the Nostrand Avenue stop.  I walked up the stairs to the surface to find religious groups promoting themselves--one on each of the four corners. One corner had Shango Baptists dressed in red and white, another had Hebrew Israelites who I intially thought were pirates, the other had clean cut Nation of Islam reps, and the fourth had a nearby Christian church member reading from the Bible. I had never seen such a spectacle. Four years later, I moved to Brooklyn five blocks away from the past spectacle.

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Perks

$25 USD
BTU Timeline, 55 Interesting Places, Subway Tours
  • 3 ordered
These are 3 items: The timeline is a 3-page illustrated document recording historic events from 1609 to 2016; 55 Interesting Places is an annotated list of well known monuments and sights located in Brooklyn; and Subway Tours uses the train lines 2/5 and Q/B to travel to such places as DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Atlantic Center Mall, Brighton Beach, and Coney Island.
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$50 USD
Admission 1 neighborhood walk or talk
  • 0 bought
For one person, enjoy one neighborhood walk on us or a one guided tour of a cultural institution on us.
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$50 USD
Exclusive Nature Walk, 2-3 hours
  • 1 bought
Want to know some of the medicinal and edible plants that grow around you? Let's walk along city streets and a park to find and shoot images of them. Please bring pen and paper.
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$100 USD
Two Walks & Some Goodies
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Supporters gain access to either two neighborhood walks or guided tours of two cultural institutions or one walk and one guided tour. On top of that get the Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered Timeline, Subway Tours and 55 Places of Interest
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$100 USD
Vintage Clothes Shopping Tour
  • 0 bought
Do you love discovering great finds in vintage and second hand stores? Isn't the tailoring fantastic? Let me lead you to some of Brooklyn Treasures.
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$300 USD
Enhance My Yelp Page
  • 0 granted
For $300, Yelp can enhance Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered presence on that platform. This would attract more tourists to Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered and these people would experience Brooklyn--past and present.
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$500 USD
Keep My Books in Order
  • 0 granted
I need an accountant to review my books at least monthly to study earnings, expenses, quarterly tax payments and more. at $50 per hour, I can cover three months of service.
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$500 USD
Website for Brooklyn Treasures Uncovered
  • 0 granted
Consumers like to purchase goods and book events, travel & tours online. A website is essential to business operations.
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