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

SUMMER    2017   SCHEDULE

In warmer air and with  longer days, I again offer weekday evening walks which end in food-rich locales. Here are walks in June/July with more to follow.  Please register in advance if you expect to join a tour. 

 

 

Religion in North Flushing    Weds.  June 28  6-8 PM                                                                                      

Flushing is the site of North America’s first proclamation of religious freedom: the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657 and the oldest extant house of worship in New York State: the Quaker Meeting House of 1694. The area is now the site of many new churches, temples, and mosques due to both a surge in the needs of contemporary immigrants and the availability of sizable plots of land in once-elite residential areas. We’ll discuss the ecological and economic problems engendered by the new churches as well as the uncertain status of historic religious institutions. (A similar tour in South Flushing is also offered periodically.)  Begins in front of St. George Episcopal Church (Main St/39 Ave)  #7 to Main St. and ends in Flushing’s Asian food mecca where you can also join a potluck dinner/discussion at the Quaker Meeting House.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com

 

Crossing Newtown Creek:  LIC  to Greenpoint   Weds.   July 12  6-8 PM

Meet outside the east exit of  the E,  M  train station at  Court Square  (23 St/44 Dr.) in Long Island City.  (#7 and G trains connect here as well.) Walk through  a nexus of contemporary artists’ activity in converted industrial buildings.  Follow newly gentrified Jackson Ave. and and cross the Pulaski Bridge connecting Long Island City to Brooklyn. See remnants of the intense and largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late nineteenth century before the consolidation of  Greater NYC and infrastructure improvements rendered it obsolete.  View the striking NYC DEP Wastewater Improvement Plant (“Digester Eggs”) and visit its adjacent Nature Trail in Greenpoint. Meander through partially gentrified working class blocks and end in a concentration of Polish food (among other cuisines.)

Forest Hills to Corona    Weds.  July  19  6-8 PM                                                                              

Dominicans, Ecuadorians and Mexicans compete for commercial space in Corona! We end near a choice of latino cuisine . South Americans surround the venerable Little Italy in Corona Heights! Bukharan Jews succeed Russian Jews in Rego Park! Topography stratifies social class! This walk is high in fine-grained diversity. How did it all happen? Meet in front of Ridgewood Savings Bank (Queens Blvd/108 St) E,F,M,R to 71 Ave/Continental Ave.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com

Rock-A-Way Ba-by  for  the  Sun-Set                Wednesday, August 16,   6:00-8:00 PM

This walk, on and off the Rockaway boardwalk, connects two restaurants which overlook the Jamaica Bay side of the peninsula. We’ll convene at Thai Rock, 375 Beach 92 St, and end at The Wharf at 116 St for sunset views and drinks and/or bar food.  (Optionally, BYO, and enjoy the same view from adjacent Tribute Park!) If you haven’t been to Rockaway Park recently, the scene is changing beautifully.  Post-Sandy renovation has been completed. Surfers and young urbanites are patrons of all of this. Our walk will also include a bit of affluent Belle Harbor to the west and the evolving nature of Beach 116th St, the subway terminus. Come as early as you want and enjoy the sand and surf during the day.  Head to Thai Rock for Thai appetizers and/or drinks and views but be ready to depart at 6:00 PM for our walk. Getting to Thai Rock by A train/Broad Channel shuttle should take about 75 minutes from Times Square. The Q53 express bus begins at the LIRR station in Woodside and intersects many subway lines in Queens. It will get you there in 30-70 minutes depending on traffic and where you board it. You can also drive. There are subway and bus connections between the restaurants although parking may be an issue. It is also possible to arrive by ferry although the last possible hourly boat leaving Wall St. (Pier 11) is at 4:15 PM and you will need to walk or connect by bus to Thai Rock. You can return on the last boat to Wall St at 8:15 PM, within walking distance of The Wharf. The tour is limited to 30 participants. The fee is $20, payable at the start of the tour. Registration required at jaconet@aol.com

 

Coming Attractions,  July -August:

Astoria,  South Richmond Hill, 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:

  •  Queens Pride  25th anniversary  Queens Museum exhibit June 9  (opening reception)-July 30  http://www.queensmuseum.org/2017/04/the-lavender-line
  • 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. 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.                               
  • Breaking Bread vs. the Trump travel ban      http://www.saveur.com/breaking-bread-nyc-trump-muslim-travel-ban 
  • 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.