Spring walks

Featured:

3/29 A Walk Across Flushing Meadow-Corona Park celebrating two World’s Fairs.

6/13 The World of the #7 Train in six segments

 

Full Public Schedule:

Saturday, March 21 @ 2PM: What’s New (and Old) in Long Island City?  Part 1

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 1 explores the oldest part of Long Island City from Court Square to the East River shore.  >Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/ to register.

Saturday, March 28 @ 11AM:  Korean Flushing

Koreans are the premiere small businessmen and church builders of contemporary immigration. Their center of gravity has migrated away from Central Flushing and is now sprawling east along Northern Blvd and to “Korean Villages” at LIRR stations. See surprising shops and churches. Eats include “BBQ“ and “KFC. This will be a “one-way” tour with options to join in a meal, explore on your own and return by bus/subway or LIRR.  >Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/ to register

“Sunday in the Park with Jack”  Sunday, March 29 @ 11AM

This traverse of Flushing Meadow-Corona Park from Flushing to Corona  honors the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the World’s Fairs that extended into 1940 and 1965. The walk will focus on the history of FMCP as well as sites associated with the fairs. We meet at the entrance to the Queens Botanical Garden (on Main St., 8 blocks south of the #7 subway station) and ends in Corona. It is a fund raiser for the Queens Historical Society.  Fees are $15/20 member/nonmember of QHS collected on site. Participants are asked to register with me to avoid overcrowding. Email me at jaconet@aol.com

Saturday, April 11 @ 11AM:   Woodside Avenue Woodside Ave, with Newtown Rd in Astoria, forms the link between the (defunct) Astoria ferry and the center of Elmhurst (originally Newtown Center). It traverses a 19th century cityscape near the LIRR and spans Roosevelt Avenue’s diversity. It includes a cluster of old Irish pubs, remnants of Queens’ former Irish concentration, and ends in the Asian neighborhood consolidating in Elmhurst. Expect a few diversions to unusual houses of worship and an old farmhouse.  >Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/ to register.

Saturday, April 25 @ 11AM: Conforming to the Grid, Part 1

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 1, First Avenue to Fifth Avenue, we explores the East Village, particularly the Bowery, Cooper Square, Astor Place, Stuyvesant Place, Broadway, and Washington Square.   >Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/ to register. 

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 http://mas.org/tours/ 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 http://mas.org/tours/ to register.

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

A series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens’ transportation corridor comprises 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 Asian core. Tour fee is $42 and you need to preregister with 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 jaconet@aol.com   The tour is limited to 25 people.

Notes: 

  1. For more information about me and my tours and to manage your subscription go to   http://www.geognyc.com/?page_id=489 Subscribe your friends or your other email addresses or unsubscribe yourself. To link to my website use www.GeogNYC.com
  2. Walks are typically two hours and two miles long except where noted.
  3. Contact me personally with your ideas for custom tours designed for academic, professional, and social groups or family reunions.   718-961-8406