Demise of Brooklyn Heights House Tour signals the end of a more innocent era
The shutdown of the Brooklyn Heights House Tour, which has brought in almost a third of the Brooklyn Heights Association’s (BHA) revenue for more than 30 years, has caught the attention of news outlets including the New York Times.
First reported by the Brooklyn Eagle, the abrupt end of a long-time staple of the Heights (officially called the Landmark House and Garden Tour) signals the end of a more private and innocent era, before Instagram and Google.
BHA Treasurer Daniel Watts said at the organization’s annual meeting last month that the group was in a fine financial state, but a problem could crop up since the tour brings in roughly 30 percent of the BHA’s revenue.
Watts said that the tour was ending because, in this era of Instagram and Twitter, owners felt their privacy might be compromised.