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Photo (boardwalk of Jacob Riis Park)  courtesy: Kevin Walsh, Forgotten New York

SPRING  2017  SCHEDULE                                               

THE NEW WORLD OF THE NUMBER  7  TRAIN       Saturday,  May 6,  10am-5:30pm                             

Since 1999, when the Metrocard matured, I have been leading a tour called The World of the Number 7 Train. This series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens’ transportation corridor became  my signature tour, focusing on what the #7 train has done to and for surrounding neighborhoods since it began service in 1914. So much has changed since the tour began. In the NEW World of the Number 7 Train, walks take place in the Hudson Yards, the Long Island City shoreline, Flushing West, the Iron Triangle, North Corona, and  Woodside-Jackson Heights. The routes are all different from the original tour.  SO COME AGAIN! Lunch is still in Flushing’s Asian food mecca. Tour fee is $49 and you need to preregister by check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name, phone and email address) or by PayPal  (go to  http://www.geognyc.com/?page_id=570 ) sending me your contact info by email. The full day’s program and other info is available by email. jaconet@aol.com   The tour is limited to 25 people, so reserve ASAP. For detailed info about the tour, email me at jaconet@aol.com 

In warmer air and with  longer days from May-August, I again offer weekday evening walks which end in food-rich locales. Here are the first two:

Have a Happy (two) Hours walking from Ireland to Cuba:  Wednesday, May 17, 2017   6-8PM                                      

It’s only one express stop on the Number 7 train from 61 St. (Woodside) to Junction Blvd (Corona.) The ride takes only 5 minutes. But we will walk the segment for two hours which is very rich in the Queens immigrant experience.

We’ll convene at The Cuckoo’s Nest, a vestigial Irish pub at 61-04 Woodside Ave. (#7, #7Express to Woodside/61 St.) for a brogue and a snack and /or a beer at Happy Hour prices. Come as early as you like but be prepared to begin our trek at 6pm. We’ll take a route that exposes Thai, Filipino, South Asian, Himalayan, South American, Mexican, Cuban and Dominican influence.  We’ll end at Rincon Criollo, on Junction Blvd, a charming Cuban restaurant with a pedigree dating back to pre-Castro Havana. You might wish to eat and/or drink there as well. This tour is self-sponsored. Fee: $20 payable at the start of the tour. Maximum 30 participants. Email me with your interest.  jaconet@aol.com

Flushing’s Chinese Community:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017   6-8PM

This immigrant destination and commercial center has surpassed  its Manhattan antecedent in both population and new investment. Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core, downtown Flushing plays host to a variety of immigrant Chinese cultures. Rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions, and malls.  I have been living in the neighborhood for 39 years and witnessed the amazing demographic shift. Dine in more than 200 Asian restaurants. Personal recommendations will be distributed. We’ll convene near the restrooms on the 2nd floor of the New World Mall (straddling the SE Main/Roosevelt corner.) #7 to Main St.  Fee: $20 payable at the start of the tour. Maximum 30 participants. Email me with your interest.  jaconet@aol.com

Coming Attractions,  June -August:

The NEW Rockaway Beach,  Astoria,  South Richmond Hill, Greenpoint to Long Island City and MORE. Watch this website for scheduling or join my mailing list (use link at the top of this page) to be among the first to know.

SOME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES BESIDES MY TOURS:

  1. The new permanent exhibit on NYC history “NYC at Its Core “ opened on November 18, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York.   http://www.mcny.org/exhibition/new-york-its-core. As an MCNY member I attended the crowded opening, along with many familiar faces. We all found it AWESOME (a word I use with discretion!)  This exhibit warrants multiple visits, perhaps best in the solitude of nasty winter weekdays. It incorporates history, geography, ecology, and culture and the narrative uses words, pictures, maps and objects. One section of the exhibit is devoted to the future of NYC. There is a continually looped video there, by Neil Goldberg, consisting of quotes by ordinary NYers, including me, that you should find enjoyable.
  2.  Breaking Bread vs. the Trump travel ban      http://www.saveur.com/breaking-bread-nyc-trump-muslim-travel-ban
  3.  Sign a petition in support of a Richmond Hill Historical District (the most intact Victorian neighborhood in Queens!)  For a link to  the petition go to richmondhillhistory.org

 

Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian