Scheduled tours September-November 2014


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3.  On September 20, 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.




My Childhood in Bayside (vs. What’s There Now)   Saturday,  September 13   11 am-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.



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 with a great variety of Asian restaurants. 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.


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.


“Willets Point”  Saturday, November 8, 2014   11 am-1 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” and build a shopping mall to the west of the stadium. 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. Sponsored as a fund raiser jointly by the City Club (CC) and the Queens Historical Society (QHS)  Fees are $20/$15 for members of CC or QHS. Proceeds collected on site and split between CC and QHS. Potential attendees are asked to preregister with Jack Eichenbaum  ( to limit tour to 35 participants. A waiting list will be kept should preregistration exceed that number. Meeting point will be on the 2nd floor of the New World Mall opposite restrooms. Enter on south side of Roosevelt Ave uphill from Main St.


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 p romenade >Sponsored by MAS. Go to  to register.