Public Tour Schedule

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

EARLY  2017  SCHEDULE                                                  

Keeping off the Streets:    Time-Warner  to Times Square    Saturday,  February  25,  11am-1pm  (Rescheduled)

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.  jaconet@aol.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.  jaconet@aol.com  

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/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. jaconet@aol.com   The tour is limited to 25 people, so reserve ASAP.

Later in 2017 I will offer a variety of new and updated walking tours, especially in Queens. When air warms up and days lengthen, from May-August, I will expand my offerings of weekday evening walks which end in food-rich locales.

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. A Tour of Downtown Manhattan’s Lost Neighborhood:  Little Syria  Saturday March 18  9:45 a.m. – Noon
    Little Syria an area in Manhattan’s lower west side was the first major Arab settlement in the United States.  In conjunction with the Arab American Museum exhibition currently on display at The Metropolitan College of New York, Joe Svehlak will guide us through what remains of one of New York Cities oldest immigrant communities, and home to his own Moravian ancestors.  The tour will include the New York City Landmark St. George’s Syrian Melkite Church as well as the Downtown Community House and several Federal row houses and tenement buildings still in the area.
    This walking tour is limited to 30 participants. Paid reservations must be received by Wednesday, March 15.
    Checks payable to:   Tours, Metropolitan Chapter VSA, 232 East 11th Street, 
    New York, New York 10003
  3. The Queens World Film Festival     March 14-19    https://www.queensworldfilmfestival.com/
  4.  Breaking Bread vs. the Trump travel ban      http://www.saveur.com/breaking-bread-nyc-trump-muslim-travel-ban

Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian