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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 

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.