Rediscovering New York

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2020/05/19 - Williamsburg, Brooklyn

[EPISODE] Williamsburg, Brooklyn

On this week’s show we will visit another great Brooklyn neighborhood, Williamsburg.

My guests will be Jeremy Wilcox, Founder and Owner of Custom NYC Tours, and Elisa Seeger, real estate agent at Triplemint.

Segment 1

Jeff introduces the first guest of the show Jeremy Wilcox, who talks about his origins, his initial interest in his current profession and what he hopes to do with his NYC tours. The Williamsburg conversation begins with Jeremy explaining how the neighborhood got its name. They then talk about its Native American and Colonial history continuing into the Revolutionary War. Then punctuating it in the mid-nineteenth century when Williamsburg started to establish itself as a town, briefly touching on now-repurposed breweries previously built by German immigrants as well as the industrial development of the area.

Segment 2

Jeremy informs the audience about the different tours offered by Custom NYC Tours and the possibility of virtual tours in the near future. He continues the Williamsburg conversation talking about the various manufacturers and businesses established in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, immigrant communities that settled in the area’s early history, and how it came to be labeled at one point, the most densely populated neighborhood in New York City. Jeremy then closes the segment talking about the negative reputation Williamsburg earned before its reformation in recent years. 

Segment 3

Jeff introduces the second guest of the show Elisa Seeger, who talks about ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy), which took the life of her son,  the passing of Aidan’s Law in the New York legislature and soon taking the case to Congress, and the establishment of the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, Jeff also inquiring about her career up to this point, specifically her real estate business.

Segment 4

Elisa tells listeners the modern vibe of Williamsburg and what she loves the most about the community, also delving into the changes that she’s observed living there for the last eighteen years, going into specifics about what she likes and dislikes about these changes. She also remarks about a few certain landmarks of the neighborhood that she loves in particular and gives out advice for people hoping to open a business in Williamsburg.