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SPRING 2016 SCHEDULE
Keeping Off East Midtown Streets: Grand Central Terminal to Bloomingdales
Sunday, March 6, Noon-2pm
In the “postmodernist era”, NYC planning principles encouraged innovative new public spaces to be maintained by private entities often referred to as privately owned public spaces, or POPS. These new spaces typically offer shelter and shortcuts and add to the connections already provided by transit, stores, and hotels. We’ll beat winter by connecting public atriums, passageways, building lobbies, and walkways that reveal a more intimate side of Midtown. Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society (MAS) Reserve in advance at http://mas.org/tours/ Fee: $30 / $20 Members
The NEW World of the Number 7 Train
Sunday, April 10, 10am-5:30pm
Since 1999, when the Metrocard matured, I have been leading a tour called The World of the Number 7 Train. This series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens’ transportation corridor became my signature tour, focusing on what the #7 train has done to and for surrounding neighborhoods since it began service in 1914. So much has changed since the tour began. In the NEW World of the Number 7 Train, walks take place in the Hudson Yards, the Long Island City shoreline, Flushing West, the Iron Triangle, North Corona, and Woodside-Jackson Heights. The routes are all different from the original tour. SO COME AGAIN! Lunch is still in Flushing’s Asian food mecca. Tour fee is $45 and you need to preregister by check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name, phone and email address) or by PayPal/Dwolla (go to http://www.geognyc.com/?page_id=570 ) sending me your contact info by email. The full day’s program and other info is available by email. email@example.com The tour is limited to 25 people, so reserve ASAP.
The Right-of-Way of the Flushing Central Rail Road
Saturday, April 30, 10:30am- 12:30pm
Did you know that a rail road once ran from Flushing to Hempstead? It functioned for only a few years in the 1870’s but its right-of-way lives on in parks and streets that don’t conform to the Queens grid! We walk the phantom rails from Central Flushing to Fresh Meadows through parkland and pleasant residential neighborhoods that mask historical anomalies! Begins at the Queens Botanical Garden entrance on Main St, Flushing and ends in the Fresh Meadows Shopping Center. (Drivers may park in the Fresh Meadows Shopping Center lot and take the Q17 bus along Kissena Blvd. toward Flushing, exit at Elder Ave, and walk downhill to the QBG.) If you have time before the walk, you can find spring blooming at the QBG for a small fee. >This tour is a fund raiser for the Queens Historical Society. Fee: $15/$20 member/non-member.
Bowne Street, My Street
Saturday, May 7, 10:am-Noon
May 6-8 is the weekend of Jane’s Walks, in honor of urbanist Jane Jacobs. These are free walks with no registration required, organized by the Municipal Art Society. They take place throughout the weekend and throughout the city. I will be leading a walk along the length of historic and multiethnic Bowne Street in Flushing where I have been living for 38 years. There are several historical landmarks, most notably the Bowne House (1661), some exceptional houses of worship, most notably the Hindu Temple Society of North America, and unusual horticultural sites. You’ll work up an appetite for Flushing’s Asian food afterwards. >Meet at NW corner of Main Street and 39th Avenue (St. George’s Episcopal Church) #7 to Main St. Later this spring you will be able to see all of Jane’s walks listed at http://mas.org/programs