The Geography of NYC with Jack Eichenbaum

NOTES  

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2.  Contact me personally with your ideas for custom tours designed for academic, professional, and social groups or family reunions.   718-961-8406

3.  On May 31, 2014,  the “World of the Number 7 Train” tour (See below) is sold out. The tour will be offered again next year and a different “Life Along a Subway Line” tour will be offered in the fall

4.  In June I offer midweek evening walks on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm (still daylight) that end in food-rich neighborhoods. They are interspersed chronologically below. Fees for these tours are all $15 and no registration is required. Just show up in time!

 

SCHEDULE

 “Willets Point”   Sunday,  May 25th at 4 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”. 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. For an early dinner, great ethnic eateries can be found both east and west of the site. Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/  to register.

THE WORLD OF THE #7 TRAIN    SATURDAY,     May 31, 2014    10 am-5:30 pm   SOLD OUT         

This series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens’ transportation corridor is 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. The tour is limited to 25 people.

Where does Harlem Begin?   Wednesday, June 4, 2014     6-8pm                                                        

In what is a most remarkable transition from wealth to poverty, the grand apartments on the Upper East Side of Manhattan yield to the tenements and projects of East Harlem in just a few city blocks. The slope where this transition occurs actually stretches from the Hudson River to the East River and historically, has always marked a change in land use. The Dutch colonists in Nieuw Nederland began this process when they established the agricultural community of Nieuw Haarlem in the Harlem Valley in 1658. >Tour meets NE corner 86 St/Lexington Ave (4,5,6)  Fee $15

On and Off Jamaica Avenue  Sunday, June 8  10 am-Noon                                                               

After decades of dedication,  redesign, and redevelopment, downtown Jamaica, the major transportation  center of Queens, is undergoing a renaissance. Historic buildings have been transformed, BID’s have invigorated commercial activity, and cultural events abound. A surprise ending awaits. . Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/  to register.

 

Jackson Heights to Sunnyside Following the #7 Train    Wednesday, June 11  6-8pm

The core of the ethnic diversity under the “The International Express” has visible commercial concentrations of Irish, Mexican, South American, South Asian, Filipino, and Thai cultures. Some domestic gentrification has occurred at both termini. The train and the constantly evolving eats are always in focus. >Meets at Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle 83 St/Roosevelt Ave (#7 local to 82 St.) Fee $15

  

What’s New in Long Island City?   Wednesday,  June 18    6-8pm

We’ll walk from Queens Plaza to the East River waterfront.  Rezoning and demographic change stemming from Manhattan spillover spark revitalization in this once stagnant industrial neighborhood. A lively arts community and restaurant scene has developed. The Plaza, where transit lines intersect, has been rezoned for hotels, condos and offices. Gantry Park, on the East River, is the perfect place to view the midtown Manhattan skyline at sunset. Restaurants abound on nearby Vernon Blvd. >Meet at the fare booth on the lowest level of the Queensboro Plaza station (N,Q,7) Fee $15

 

Flushing’s Chinatown    Wednesday,  June 25   6-8pm

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 >Meet near restrooms on second floor of New World

Mall. (Enter on Roosevelt Ave between Duane Reade and Macy’s; uphill from Main St. (#7.) Fee $15

Crossing Newtown Creek: Contrasting Industrial Brooklyn & Queens  Sunday, July 27 10 am-Noon                                                                                           Meet in Greenpoint (G train- before it closes for months), meander through Greenpoint and cross the Pulaski Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Long Island City. See remnants of the intense and largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late nineteenth century before the consolidation of  Greater NYC and infrastructure improvements rendered it obsolete. See elegant 19th century Greenpoint highlights and East River shoreline redevelopment ending at splendid shoreline views in Gantry Park, Hunter’s Point, LIC. Nearby Vernon Blvd. offers a variety of new restaurants.  Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/  to register.

More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens    Sunday,  August 3   10 am-Noon                                                                                                           During the first third of the 20th century, Western Queens nurtured developments where traditional open space/building area relationships were altered to create new urban architecture. The Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights Historic Districts anchor the route which also includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings.  Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/  to register.