The Geography of NYC


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3.  On May 31, 2014, I will again offer my “World of the Number 7 Train” tour. (See below) This is my signature tour!  Don’t wait too long to sign up.  It sells out. There are currently only 10 slots available.

4.  I will be abroad for most of April. If you send a check for the Number 7 tour I won’t be able to acknowledge receipt until after I return. Please email me that you have mailed a check so I can keep track of registration.

5.  In June and July I will offer midweek evening walks from 6-8 pm (still daylight) that end in food-rich neighborhoods. See my next post for scheduled events.


What’s New in Long Island City?   Friday,  May 16  5:45-8 pm                                                                                                                                                                              We’ll walk from Queens Plaza to the East River waterfront.  Rezoning and demographic change stemming from Manhattan spillover spark revitalization in this once stagnant industrial neighborhood. A lively arts community and restaurant scene has developed. The Plaza, where transit lines intersect, has been rezoned for hotels, condos and offices. Gantry Park, on the East River, is the perfect place to view the midtown Manhattan skyline at sunset. After the tour, enjoy restaurants and Long Island City Arts Open events which abound in the nearby Vernon/Jackson area. >Meet at the fare booth on the lowest level of the Queensboro Plaza station (N,Q,7) Fee $15 No reservation required.

Daylight Factory Buildings  Sunday,  May 18th at 10 am                                                                                                                                                                                     The daylight loft building was to industry what the skyscraper was to offices. Long Island City’s great makeover at the beginning of the 20th century, coincided with the widespread introduction of this architectural innovation that modernized manufacturing and permitted assembly line production.  Many of these buildings are finding are variety of new uses, notably as artists’ studios, while Long Island City is rezoned for a post-industrial city. The tour coincides with the Long Island City Arts Open weekend and after the tour you will be able to visit artists’ open studios in some of the daylight loft buildings we will observe! Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.


“Willets Point”   Sunday,  May 25th at 4 pm 

East of Citifield (the New York Mets baseball stadium) is a sewerless hardscrabble area of auto junkyards and related businesses that has twice beaten back attempts at redevelopment. But as it is located between the new stadium and a booming Chinatown in Flushing, public and private interests are again trying to transform “Willets Point”. We’ll walk to the area from central Flushing to understand its important setting, confront political, economic and ecological issues and learn why “Willets Point”  is a misnomer. For an early dinner, great ethnic eateries can be found both east and west of the site. Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.

THE WORLD OF THE #7 TRAIN    SATURDAY,   May 31, 2014    10 am-5:30 pm  

This series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens’ transportation corridor is my signature tour.  We focus on what the #7 train has done to and for surrounding neighborhoods since it began service in 1914. Walks take place in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Flushing, Corona, Woodside and Jackson Heights and lunch is in Flushing’s Asiatown.  Tour fee is $40 and you need to preregister by check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name, phone and email address)  The full day’s program and other info is available by email   The tour is limited to 25 people.

On and Off Jamaica Avenue  Sunday, June 8  10 am-Noon                                                                                                                                                                              After decades of dedication,  redesign, and redevelopment, downtown Jamaica, the major transportation  center of Queens, is undergoing a renaissance. Historic buildings have been transformed, BID’s have invigorated commercial activity, and cultural events abound. A surprise ending awaits. . Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.

Crossing Newtown Creek: Contrasting Industrial Brooklyn & Queens  Sunday, July 27 10 am-Noon                                                                                           Meet in Greenpoint (G train- before it closes for months), meander through Greenpoint and cross the Pulaski Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Long Island City. 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. See elegant 19th century Greenpoint highlights and East River shoreline redevelopment ending at splendid shoreline views in Gantry Park, Hunter’s Point, LIC. Nearby Vernon Blvd. offers a variety of new restaurants.  Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.

More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens    Sunday,  August 3  10 am                                                                                                                             During the first third of the 20th century, Western Queens nurtured developments where traditional open space/building area relationships were altered to create new urban architecture. The Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights Historic Districts anchor the route which also includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings.  Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.