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Saturday, May 30 @ 11AM: What’s New (and Old) in Long Island City?  Part 2

Long Island City, chartered in 1870, experienced its first renaissance a century ago when industrial and transportation innovation created NYC’s foremost manufacturing district. It is now experiencing its second renaissance as rezoning and proximity to Manhattan spur a transformation of land use and demography. Part 2 explores the Dutch Kills and Queens Plaza area where transportation advantages have attracted corporate headquarters, municipal offices, hotels and condos.   >Sponsored by MAS. Go to to register.

Sunday, May 31 @ 11AM: Conforming to the Grid, Part 2

This walk concerns the geography of Manhattan’s 1811 grid plan, (The Commissioners’ Plan), highlighting how First-Ninth Avenues and First-Fourteenth Streets meshed with colonial era street patterns and vice-versa. In Part 2, Fifth Avenue to Ninth Avenue, we explores the Central and West Villages, particularly Washington, Father Demo, Sheridan, Abingdon, and Jackson Squares.   >Sponsored by MAS. Go to to register.

Wednesday, June 10 @ 6:30 PM: Bridges  and  Sunsets   1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Queensborough Queensboro (Ed Koch) Bridge (and the newly landscaped Queens Plaza)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We’ll explore the Queens Plaza area, created from a wetland more than a century ago and now undergoing a metamorphosis. There are new traffic patterns, parks, hotels, condo and office towers. Then we’ll walk across the bridge and if sky conditions permit, see the sun set behind the Upper East Side skyline. Tour ends at 2nd Avenue/60th St in Manhattan. >Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Register at 

THE WORLD OF THE #7 TRAIN   SATURDAY,  June 13, 2015    10am-5:30pm  

This series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens’ transportation corridor is my signature tour. We focus on what the #7 train has done to and for surrounding neighborhoods since it began service in 1914. Walks take place in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Flushing, Corona, Woodside and Jackson Heights and lunch is in Flushing’s Asiatown. Tour fee is $42 and you need to preregister by check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name, phone and email address) The full day’s program and other info is available by email   The tour is limited to 25 people.


Wednesday, June 24 @ 6:30 PM: Bridges and Sunsets 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Williamsburg Bridge and the many nuances of Williamsburg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Over the last forty years Williamsburg has experienced dramatic demographic and infrastructural change. We’ll wander through remnants of its industrial and working class districts- Italian, Puerto Rican and Chasidic Jewish neighborhoods which are now mostly overwhelmed by new parks condos, and accompanying commercial change. We’ll cross the bridge and if sky conditions permit, see the sun set behind the Midtown skyline. Tour ends at Essex/Delancey in the Lower East Side. >Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Register at


Wednesday, July 8 @ 6:30 PM:   Bridges and   Sunsets   3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Roosevelt Island Bridge, Roosevelt Island and Four Freedoms Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Roosevelt Island (a planned residential community), was formerly Welfare Island (municipal health facitlities) and Blackwell’s Island (a private farm). Now its southern tip is graced by a magnificent New York State Park honoring FDR. There are unobstructed views of the Manhattan and Long Island city skylines from quiet mid-stream vantage points. Sunset behind Manhattan can be observed from the park or nearby cafes. We can leave the island by cable car to Manhattan or the F train to Queens or Manhattan. >Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Register at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Wednesday, July 29 @ 6:00 PM: Bridges and Sunsets 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pulaski Bridge, Greenpoint Water Treatment Plant Nature Trail and Gantry Park                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Pulaski Bridge connects Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Hunter’s Point (LIC), Queens. Both communities are rapidly transforming- but in very different ways- from stagnant working class industrial shorefront to a rive gauche of young artists and professionals who are priced out of Manhattan. The George Trakas designed Nature Trail offers a beautiful retreat in the solitude along side Newtown Creek. Sunset behind Manhattan can be observed from the Gantry Park piers in Long Island City. >Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society. Register at


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