Scheduled tours June-October 2014


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3.  Chinese food lovers- please note the special Three Chinatowns tour on June 29. It will be possible to eat in each neighborhood!

4.  In June I offer midweek evening walks on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm (still daylight) that end in food-rich neighborhoods. Fees for these tours are all $15 and no registration is required. Just show up in time!

5. The fall tours (Sept/Oct/Nov) have been scheduled with MAS but will not appear on their calendar for a few weeks.




What’s New in Long Island City?   Wednesday,  June 18    6-8pm

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. Restaurants abound on nearby Vernon Blvd. >Meet at the fare booth on the lowest level of the Queensboro Plaza station (N,Q,7) Fee $15


Flushing’s Chinatown    Wednesday,  June 25   6-8pm

This immigrant destination and commercial center has come to rival its Manhattan antecedent. Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core, Flushing’s Chinatown plays host to a variety of overseas Chinese groups. Rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions, and malls. Dine in more than 100 Asian restaurants >Meet near restrooms on second floor of New World

Mall. (Enter on Roosevelt Ave between Duane Reade and Macy’s; uphill from Main St. (#7.) Fee $15

Three Chinatowns   Sunday, June 29, 9:30 AM (or 10:45 am without dim sum) – 4:30 pm            

Since the 1965 change in immigration laws, the Chinatown in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and the Chinatown in Flushing, Queens have developed in different ways and with different demographics than Manhattan’s Chinatown.  Tour leaders Joe Svehlak and Jack Eichenbaum, natives of Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Flushing, Queens respectively, will lead this tour in three parts, focusing on the transformation of these neighborhoods. Wellington Chen, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, will lead a portion of the walk and a discussion of contemporary issues in Manhattan’s Chinatown.  The day will begin with an optional dim sum meal in Flushing, Queens at 9:30 AM. Please note that the cost of dim sum breakfast is not included. The tour will begin at 10:45 AM. Cost includes transportation from Flushing to Manhattan to Sunset Park by Chinatown van and or subway and a light lunch.  The tour will conclude near 43 St, and 4th Ave. in Brooklyn. .  Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.  Fee $60/$65 members/nonmembers.

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-Noon   

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.


My Childhood in Bayside (vs. What’s There Now)   Saturday,  September 13   10:50am-1pm     

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 >Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.


Forest Hills to Corona    Saturday, October 18,   2-4pm                                                     

Dominicans, Ecuadorians and Mexicans compete for commercial space in Corona! 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? > Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.


Astoria   Saturday,  November 15,   11am-1pm

This demographically changing neighborhood is opposite Manhattan‘s Upper East Side. Italians and Greeks are being replaced by Arabs, Bosnians, Brazilians, Mexicans, and yuppies. We’ll explore Astoria from its important transportation arteries: Steinway St (a former trolley route), 31 St (under the elevated train), the Grand Central Parkway which bisected the neighborhood 70 years ago, and 30th Avenue, its café-lined promenade >Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.