Public Tour Schedule


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Photo courtesy: Kevin Walsh, Forgotten New York

Schedule:  Summer 2016

Friends, thank you for the enthusiastic response to my walks this summer.  I have added more!   

Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian





Woodside Avenue                Wednesday,  July 27,  6-8PM

Woodside Ave, with Newtown Rd in Astoria, is an old country road defying the super-imposed  Queens grid.  It forms the link between the (defunct) Astoria ferry and the center of Elmhurst (originally Newtown Center). It traverses a 19th century cityscape near the LIRR, spans Roosevelt Avenue’s diversity, and ends in the Asian neighborhood consolidating in Elmhurst. Expect a few diversions like a recycled trolley terminal structure, a five story Thai Buddhist temple, Romanian and Burmese churches, a hidden  railroad and an antebellum farmhouse. Tour meets at the subway exit on the south side of 54 St./Northern Blvd.  (M, R, Northern Blvd.) and ends in Elmhurst. (M, R, Elmhurst Ave) with many Asian restaurants nearby. Tour fee $15 payable at the start. Email your interest to  The tour is limited to 30 participants.


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  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


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


Roosevelt Island Bridge, Roosevelt Island and Four Freedoms Park                         Wednesday,  September 21,  5-7 PM

Roosevelt Island (a planned residential community), was formerly Welfare Island (municipal health facitlities) 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 will be able to join the fourth annual SUNSET GARDEN PARTY at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park 5:00 – 8:00 PM and 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  The tour is limited to 30 participants. Meet at NW corner 21 St/41 Ave, LIC, Queens (F train, Queensbridge)