Scheduled tours November-February

NOTES  

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  3. The “Willets Point” tour takes a critical look at a controversial development. Register early!
  4. You can enjoy a dim sum breakfast prior to the December 7 tour of Flushing’s Chinatown. (before 10am there are no lines!) After the tour you can join the annual Historic house tour in Flushing. Go to http://newyorkcity.eventful.com/events/holiday-historic-house-tour-2014-/E0-001-074442693-6
  5. The “cold weather” tours scheduled for January and February are all partially indoors.

 

SCHEDULE

“Willets Point”  Saturday, November 8, 2014   11 am-1 pm 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. 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. 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. Meeting point will be on the 2nd floor of the New World Mall in central Flushing opposite restrooms. Enter on south side of Roosevelt Ave uphill from Main St. (#7)

 

Astoria   Saturday,  November 15, 2014 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   Sunday, December 7. 2014 11am-1pm

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.  No registration necessary. Just show up in time! Fee: $15

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.