A message from Jack Eichenbaum “The Geography of NYC”


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My Childhood in Bayside (vs. What’s There Now)   Sunday,  February 2, 2014  10:50am-1pm           In honor of my 71st birthday (2/2/14) I am leading a walk through old Bayside where I lived from 1943-1958. Most of the personal landmarks of my early life have vanished but there are threads of continuity and many anecdotes. Several sites have been designated as NYC landmarks: All Saints Episcopal Church, the Lawrence family graveyard and the Cobblestone house. When silent films were made in Queens, Bayside was home to many stars. Many brunch possibilities are in the area. Logistics for the tour link to the arrival of a reduced weekend fare LIRR train (leaves Penn Station at 10:18am with stops in Woodside and Flushing) arriving in Bayside at 10:47.  This is Groundhog Day so we may be blessed with the end of winter. >Sponsored by MAS. Go to http://mas.org/tours/  to register.

The  Ecology of Penn Station    Sunday, March 16, 2014  11am-1pm                                       Constructed in a once squalid area of the city known as the “Tenderloin”, Penn Station united rails and tunnels from Long Island, New Jersey and points south that previously terminated on the other side of the Hudson. We’ll walk through the remnants of the neighborhood’s past and discuss its proposed future. Tour includes navigating through transportation connectivity inside the station, visiting the Farley Post Office building (planned as the new Amtrak station), the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, Herald and Greeley Squares and “Koreatown.”

Quaker Flushing   Sunday, March 30, 2014  Noon-2:30pm                                                                  Well before the establishment of William Penn’s Quaker refuge in Pennsylvania (1681), Quakers had migrated (1650’s) from intolerant New England towns to Flushing (Vlissingen) where “freedom of conscience” was promised by the Dutch West India company. The Flushing Remonstrance (a forerunner of the First Amendment) was proclaimed in 1657 to oppose Governor Stuyvesant’s attempt to ban Quaker practice. This walk will visit the 1694 Quaker Meeting House, pass by the Bowne House (1661) as well as the sites of the Remonstrance and the George Fox monument. Influences of Flushing’s Quaker nurserymen will be discussed. The tour will end at Kingsland Manor, home to the Queens Historical Society, to view the exhibit Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens  and enjoy light refreshments. >Sponsored as a fund raiser by the Queens Historical Society; $15/$20 member/non-member includes QHS entrance and refreshments.  Meets at NW corner Main St/37 Ave (Flushing #7) Reservations required (wait list after 25); fee collected at tour. Email Jack Eichenbaum  jaconet@aol.com