Happy holidays. See you early in 2015!

Notes: 

  1. Tour “Willets Point” on 1/11/15 before it’s unrecognizable.
  2. Happy New Year to all my fellow walkers. In 2015 I will schedule two new “Life Along a Subway Line” tours: The L train and a revised #7 train.
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Schedule:

“Willet’s Point” Walk with Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian

Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:30pm – 2pm

 

In conjunction with Reviewing Renewal, a 5-week Queens Museum exhibit and panorama intervention sponsored by 596acres.org/en/events/768/ a walking tour of the Willets Point Urban Renewal area will start from and return to the Queens Museum.

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.” We’ll confront ecological issues and learn why “Willets Point” is a misnomer.

This tour is free with admission to the Queens Museum but is limited to 35 people. “Brutal weather” postpones. RSVP required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willets-point-walk-with-jack-eichenbaum-queens-borough-historian-tickets-14951417091

 

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.