๏ Public Tours and Events


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Dr. Jack Eichenbaum
Queens Borough  Historian


(I am leading the tours unless otherwise noted.)


The Ecology of Penn Station   Wednesday,  February 26, 2020   11am-1:30pm

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 East River or the Hudson. We’ll walk through the remnants of the neighborhood’s past and discuss its proposed future. Includes navigating through transportation connectivity inside the station and the Pennsylvania Hotel and New Yorker Hotel built with proximity to the station. We will also visit the Farley Post Office building (planned as the new Amtrak station), explore links to department stores, Herald and Greeley Squares and “Koreatown.”  >Open to the public for a fee of $20 collected at the start of the tour.  Meets in front of the restrooms/waiting area opposite ticket machines for the LIRR (inside Penn Station  near Seventh Ave.)  Register  for this tour with  jaconet@aol.com. This tour is a familiarization tour for the Guides Association of NYC.  There is only  limited public availability.

Now in its tenth year: 

Queens World Film Festival    March 19-29                                                                     see  https://queensworldfilmfestival.com/

Exploring the Amazon Basin (in Queens):  Sunday, March 29  11AM-1PM            No mosquitoes to fight. No machetes needed. This is the area that corporate Amazon rejected under community pressure. They chose not to negotiate. The area is still prime for artist and tech startup investments. See my published article  http://thisisqueensborough.com/thank-you-amazon-you-put-the-spotlight-on-lic/  >Meet at the NE corner 21 St./44 Dr. (West end of E stop at Court Square/23 St) The tour is limited to 30 participants. The fee is $20, payable at the start of the tour. Registration required at jaconet@aol.com


THE NEW WORLD OF THE NUMBER 7 TRAIN                                                  Saturday. April 18,  10AM-5:30PM                                                                                       (The Mets are playing at home so the #7 is not affected for the weekend!)

Since 1999, when the Metrocard matured, I have led a tour called The World of the Number 7 Train.  This series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens transportation corridor became my signature tour, focusing on what the #7 train did to and for adjacent neighborhoods since it began service in 1914. So much has changed since the tour began. In the NEW World of the Number 7 Train, walks take place in the Hudson Yards, the Long Island City shoreline, Flushing West, the Iron Triangle, North Corona, and Woodside-Jackson Heights. The routes are all different from the original tour. SO COME AGAIN!  Lunch is still in Flushing’s Asian food mecca. Tour fee is $49 and you need to register by check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St #6C, Flushing, NY 11354  (Include name(s) and email address(es.) Or pay with PayPal  https:geognyc.com/payments/  Queries to jaconet@aol.com

COMING ATTRACTIONS:  In May watch for walking tours in Jackson Heights and Flushing