The Geography of NYC

NYC is experiencing rapid growth and evolution. A new administration, climate  change, demographic change and economic vicissitudes impel us to embark on a reconnaissance of major plans. One such plan is for “Willets Point.” Most of you have heard about this area but have never been there. Here is your chance to learn about the area together with other interested participants.

 
“Willets Point” Saturday, November 8,  2014    11am-1pm
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. In fact, work has already begun! 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. Questions and comments will be entertained.  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. (Possibly the tour will be repeated.) Meeting point will be on the 2nd 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 train.

 

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