Public Tour Schedule

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“Willets Point”   Saturday, November 8    11am-1pm  
East of Citifield (the New York Mets baseball stadium) is a sewerless hardscrabble area of auto junkyards and related businesses that has twice beaten back attempts at redevelopment. But as it is located between the new stadium and a booming Chinatown in Flushing, public and private interests are again trying to transform “Willets Point” and build a shopping mall to the west of the stadium. In fact, work has already begun! We’ll walk to the area from central Flushing to understand its important setting, confront political, economic and ecological issues and learn why “Willets Point” is a misnomer. Questions and comments will be entertained.  Sponsored as a fund raiser jointly by the City Club (CC) and the Queens Historical Society (QHS)  Fees are $20/$15 for members of CC or QHS. Proceeds collected on site and split between CC and QHS. Potential attendees are asked to register with Jack Eichenbaum  (jaconet@aol.com) to limit tour to 35 participants. A waiting list will be kept should registration exceed that number. (Possibly the tour will be repeated.) Meeting point will be on the 2nd floor of the New World Mall opposite restrooms. Enter mall on the south side of Roosevelt Ave. just uphill from the Main St. station of the #7 train.
 

Astoria   Saturday,  November 15,   11am-1pm

This demographically changing neighborhood is opposite Manhattan‘s Upper East Side. Italians and Greeks are being replaced by Arabs, Bosnians, Brazilians, Mexicans, and yuppies. We’ll explore Astoria from its important transportation arteries: Steinway St (a former trolley route), 31 St (under the elevated train), the Grand Central Parkway which bisected the neighborhood 70 years ago, and 30th Avenue, its café-lined promenade >Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/  to register.

 

Flushing’s Chinatown   vs. My Childhood in  Flushing   Sunday, December 7. 2014   11am-1pm

The tour will have a new focus and new route compared to previous versions. I was born in Flushing and while I grew up in Bayside, my father worked in downtown Flushing for 30 years and my family came here to shop, go to the movies and enter the subway system.  In the last 40 years a “Chinatown” has wiped  much of my childhood Flushing.  This immigrant destination and commercial center has come to rival its Manhattan antecedent. Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core, Flushing’s Chinatown plays host to a variety of overseas Chinese groups. Rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions, and malls. Dine in more than 100 Asian restaurants. Restaurant recommendations provided.  Meeting point will be on the second floor of the New World Mall opposite restrooms. Enter mall on the south side of Roosevelt Ave. just uphill from the Main St. station of the #7 train.                                                                                                                                                            No registration necessary. Just show up in time.  Fee:  $15 

Before:  Go to a dim sum restaurant before 10am and beat the weekend crowds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               After:  Join the 27th annual Holiday Historic House tour nearby.  Go to   http://www.queenshistoricalsociety.org/public-programs.html   for details.                                                        

                                                 

 

Keeping off the Streets, Grand Central to Bloomingdales   Saturday, January 24, 2015 11am-1pm 

In the “post-modernist era”, NYC planning principles encouraged innovative new public spaces to be maintained by private entities. 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 MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/ to register.          

                        

The Ecology of Penn Station   Saturday, January 31, 2015 11am-1pm

Constructed in a once squalid area of the city known as the “Tenderloin”, Penn Station united rails and tunnels from Long Island, New Jersey and points south that previously terminated on the other side of the East River or the Hudson. We’ll walk through the remnants of the neighborhood’s past and discuss its proposed future. Includes navigating through transportation connectivity inside the station, visiting the Farley Post Office building (planned as the new Amtrak station), the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, Herald and Greeley Squares and “Koreatown.”  >Sponsored by MAS.  Go to http://mas.org/tours/ to register.                                  

Keeping off the Streets, Time Warner to Times Square  Saturday, February 28, 2015 11am-1pm          

In the “post-modernist era”, NYC planning principles encouraged innovative new public spaces to be maintained by private entities. 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 MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/ to register.