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Photo (boardwalk of Jacob Riis Park) courtesy: Kevin Walsh, Forgotten New York
Schedule: 2017 Preview
Friends, before we get to 2017 there are many holidays to celebrate. Let me wish you all happy holidays; as many as you can possibly celebrate.
There is also a great gift for you all. The new permanent exhibit on NYC history “NYC at Its Core ” opened on November 18 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 will require 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.
You are also invited to a lecture I am presenting to the Richmond Hill Historical Society on the Topography and History of Queens on Friday, Decmeber 9, 7:30PM at the Leonard Center, 86-13 112 St. (corner 86 Ave.) Richmond Hill, Queens. The nearest subway stop is on the J train at 111 St/Jamaica Ave., two blocks away. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
In 2017 I will offer you a variety of new and old walking tours, especially in Queens. When air warms up and days lengthen, from April-August, I will expand my offerings of weekday evening walks which end in food-rich locales.
Here is what I have scheduled early in the year:
Keeping off the Streets: Time-Warner to Times Square Saturday, February 4, 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 west-Midtown. We’ll convene at the David Rubinstein Atrium (Broadway/W 62 St) This tour is self-sponsored. Fee: $20 payable at the start of the tour. Maximum 30 participants. Email me with your interest to hold a spot. email@example.com
From Freedom to Bohemia: Sunday, March 26, 11am-1pm
We’ll convene at the F train stop on Roosevelt Island and head for Four Freedoms Park at the southern end of the island. Here we can contemplate FDR’s wisdom and enjoy East River views of Long Island City and Midtown unsullied by crowds and automobile traffic. We’ll cross the Roosevelt Island bridge into Queens, following the evolving Long Island City and Old Astoria shoreline and end at Bohemian Hall, the venerable Czech beer garden that has survived more than century of century of change around it. This tour is self-sponsored. Fee: $20 payable at the start of the tour. Maximum 30 participants. Email me with your interest to hold a spot. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 $45 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/Dwolla (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. email@example.com The tour is limited to 25 people, so reserve ASAP.
Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian