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Saturday, August 8 @ 10AM  More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     During the first third of the 20th century, Western Queens nurtured developments where traditional open space/building area relationships were altered to create new urban architecture. The Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights Historic Districts anchor the route which also includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings. >Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Register at 

Sunday,  August  23   @  10AM  Corona  Circuit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For more than 150 years Corona has been a welcoming neighborhood for working class people of many ethnicities. Located on the original colonial road between Flushing and Brooklyn, Corona adapted to and prospered with changing transportation technology- the LIRR, the Shell Road, trolleys and the #7 train. The tour spans Corona between the Lemon Ice King and the Louis Armstrong Museum. Participants may want to visit this intimate museum after the tour. Latin American food abounds. >Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society.  Register at  

Saturday, September 19 @ 2PM   Flushing’s Chinatown

This immigrant destination and commercial center has surpassed its Manhattan antecedent in both population and investment . 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. Restaurant tips distributed by guide and Queen’s Borough Historian, Jack Eichenbaum! Note: Meeting Location: Inside the New World Mall, located at 136-20 Roosevelt Avenue, near the restrooms on second floor. Enter on Roosevelt Avenue between Duane Reade and Macy’s, Flushing, Queens. >Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Register at

Saturday. October 17   10am-5:30pm   LIFE ALONG THE L TRAIN

The L train has a complex history: first as a steam railroad line, later as an elevated BRT train, eventually integrated into the subway system with its expansion to Eighth Avenue in Manhattan in the 1930’s. Beginning in the 1950’s the L train has stimulated artist-spearheaded gentrification along its route. We’ll explore the West Village and meatpacking district— including a portion of the new Highline Park— and then on to the East Village, Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood, noting the status of transformation in each of these neighborhoods. This tour is limited to 25 participants and requires registration by check of $42/pp to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St #6C, Flushing, NY 11354. For a prospectus and any questions, contact Jack at