๏ Tour Schedule


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Dr. Jack Eichenbaum
Queens Borough Historian

2019 TOURS —

SACRED SITES OF FLUSHING   Sunday,  May 19, 2019  Noon-2:30 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, where our tour will begin. The area hosts 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. This is a FREE tour but you must register at https://bit.ly/2DGa37V

Sunday,  June 2, 2019   11 AM-5 PM     (additional time for optional eating)                                             Since the 1965 change in immigration laws, Chinatowns in Brooklyn (Sunset Park) and Queens (Flushing) have developed along with Manhattan’s traditional Chinatown.  Flushing native, Jack Eichenbaum. Queens Borough Historian, leads a walk in Flushing focused on the transformation of this neighborhood. Wellington Chen, Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership, leads a walk in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Joe Svehlak, Sunset Park native and preservationist will lead the walk there. We begin with an (optional) dim sum meal in Flushing (beginning at 9:30 AM.) A light lunch in Manhattan is included. More optional eats are suggested in Sunset Park. Transportation from Flushing to Manhattan via public van is included in the price of the tour but transportation from Manhattan to Brooklyn will be by subway using your Metro card. Fee $60 per person. This tour is limited to 25 participants. Registration and payment in advance is required.  Send a check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name(s) and email address.) Or pay with PayPal  https://geognyc.com/payments/                                                                                                       

Along the J Train:   Saturday,  June 15  10AM-1PM                                                                            Includes walks in Jamaica, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven stressing the history of these communities, and ending at Neir’s tavern, the oldest in NYC for an optional lunch.  This is in conjunction with  NYS Path Through History weekend. >Meets outside the Air Train entrance at Sutphin Blvd.  (E,J, Sutphin Blvd, LIRR Jamaica station)  Register at jaconet@aol.com  Fee $25 collected on site.

Flushing:  in conjunction with Flushing Fantastic  weekend  doubleheader   June 28, 29

  • Korean Community:  Friday,  June 28  6-8 PM   Koreans are the premiere small businessmen and church builders of contemporary immigration. Their center of gravity has migrated away from Central Flushing and is now sprawling east along Northern Blvd and to “Korean Villages” at LIRR stations. See surprising shops and churches. Eats include “BBQ“ and “KFC.”  Meet outside  The Coop, a Korean restaurant at 133-42 39 Ave.  >We’ll convene at 6 PM outside but do join me inside after 5:15 PM for their wonderful Happy Hour specials. This is a “One Way” walk with various possible endings. You can return to central Flushing by bus, LIRR or on foot.  Fee: $20 collected on site. Please register at jaconet@aol.com
  • Chinese Community:  Saturday,  June 29  6-8 PM    This immigrant destination and commercial center has come to surpass 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 megamalls. Dine in a great variety of 100 Asian restaurants.  > We’ll convene in the entrance corridor by the elevators in the Sky View mall at Roosevelt Ave./College Pt. Blvd.  Fee: $20 collected on site. Please register at jaconet@aol.com



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