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Photo courtesy: Kevin Walsh, Forgotten New York

Schedule:  Summer/Fall    2016

Friends, thank you for the enthusiastic response to my walks this summer.  I have added more!   Also, underneath the tour schedule, see a listing of related exhibitions and events (of some duration) that build on the themes I stress on my walks. 

Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian

 

 

 

 

 

Corona Circuit                      Wednesday,  August 24,  6-8 PM

For more than 150 years Corona has been a welcoming neighborhood for working class people of many ethnicities. Located on the original colonial road between Flushing and Brooklyn, Corona adapted to and prospered with changing transportation technology- the LIRR, the Shell Road, trolleys and the #7 train. The tour spans Corona between the Lemon Ice King and the Louis Armstrong Museum. Latin American food abounds.  Tour fee $15 payable at the start. Email your interest to jaconet@aol.com  The tour is limited to 30 participants.  Meet in front of Pollo Campero (restaurant in Corona Plaza near 104 St.)  #7 local to 103 St/Corona Plaza

 

Roosevelt Island Bridge and Four Freedoms Park

Wednesday,  September 14,  5-7 PM     (Note change in date)

Roosevelt Island (a planned residential community), was formerly Welfare Island (municipal health facilities) and Blackwell’s Island (a private farm). Now its southern tip is graced by a magnificent New York State Park honoring FDR as well as a new University under construction. There are unobstructed views of the Manhattan and Long Island city skylines from quiet mid-stream vantage points. We can leave the island by cable car to Manhattan or the F train to Queens or Manhattan.  Tour fee $15 payable at the start. Email your interest to jaconet@aol.com  The tour is limited to 30 participants. Meet at NW corner 21 St/41 Ave, LIC, Queens (F train, Queensbridge)

A Day on the J        Saturday,  September 17, 2016        10:30 AM-1:30 PM

The J train enabled the crowded masses of the Lower East Side to move to Brooklyn and Queens. Elevated from the Williamsburg Bridge crossing until Jamaica, the ride provides diverse views of industrial and bucolic landscapes. This tour concentrates on the portion of the J train within Queens. Walks take place in commercial and historic downtown Jamaica, residential Victorian Richmond Hill and residential Woodhaven ending at historic Neir’s tavern, NYC’s oldest bar. At Neir’s enjoy a prix fixe lunch or drink and eat as you wish.  >This tour requires registration and payment in advance and is restricted to 25 participants. Fee $25  For a complete prospectus, email   jaconet@aol.com

 

 

Life and Art Along the L Train     Saturday,  October 22,    10 AM- 5:30 PM

Since its expansion to 8th Avenue in Manhattan in the 1930s, the L line has stimulated gentrification along its route which traverses three boroughs. We  explore the West Village and meatpacking district— including a portion of the new Highline Park— and on to the East Village , Williamsburg, East Williamsburg, Bushwick  and Ridgewood  noting the continuous transformation of each of these neighborhoods, stimulated by the movement of artists.   >This tour requires registration and payment in advance and is restricted to 25 participants. Fee $49  For a complete prospectus, email   jaconet@aol.com   The L train will soon be shut down for repairs;  join this tour prior to that. 

 

Related Exhibitions and  Events

1. A view of the historic Syrian Community in Manhattan plus photos of Syrian refugees are on exhibit at 31 Chambers St. until September 16. If you have never been to this building (Surrogates Court) it is one of NYC’s people’s palace. http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/events/events.shtml

2.  The Queens Museum  will mount an exhibition entitled “Map Mosaic: From Queens to the World”  on October 29-30, 2016.  It is sponsored by GISMO  (Geospatial Information Systems and Mapping Operations) and will feature programs as well as maps. http://www.gismonyc.org/events/gismo-queens-museum/

3.  A new blockbuster exhibit on NYC history “NYC at Its Core ” will open on November 18 at the Museum of the City of New York. http://www.mcny.org/exhibition/new-york-its-core