๏ Public Tours and Events


I try to maintain the public tour schedule on this page, but it can get out of date. So please join my mailing list and  be informed of new posts. Don’t hesitate to email me at jaconet@aol.com if you have any questions.

Dr. Jack Eichenbaum
Queens Borough Historian


(I am leading the tours unless otherwise noted.)


The Jewish Heritage of Queens
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Kingsland Homestead (home of the Queens Historical Society),
143-35 37th Ave. Flushing
> Fee $5 Individual, $3 Students & Seniors, Free for QHS Members.

For generations, Queens has attracted Jewish families from a wide variety of backgrounds. Find out how the borough’s Jewish population has evolved over the years.  You’ll be fascinated by the story of Jewish life in New York’s largest borough. Join us for this nostalgic and interesting talk with local Queens Borough historian, Dr. Jack Eichenbaum. This event played to a packed house. Rabbi Mark Diller of nearby Temple Gates of Prayer was in attendance and we are planning a repeat performance at the temple. Watch this space for details.


Fragmented Beauty, a solo exhibit of the art of Karen Dimit
September 12 – October 13
The Gallery in The Factory, 30-30 47th Ave, LIC, Queens.
(Closest subway station is 33 St on the #7)

Karen is one of the founders of the LIC Arts Open. I was at this retrospective exhibit on opening night and thoroughly enjoyed it.


BORO X DESIGN Opening Reception
Friday Evening, September 20,
(timing TBA on the Queens Historical Society website)

143-35 37 Ave. Flushing

The American Institute of Architects, Queens and Brooklyn chapter, recognizes  projects of outstanding design for BQDA, celebrating Brooklyn-Queens Day. The exhibit focuses on the power of architecture in Queens and beyond. At the Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave. Flushing


The Haunted History of Astoria
Sunday, September 29, 7-9 P
> $25 tickets may be purchased online

Boroughs of the Dead tour guide Marie Carter leads a walk focused on Astoria’s shadowy past. More details on the Queens Historical Society website, http://queenshistoricalsociety.org/events.


Neir’s Tavern Birthday Party
Saturday, October 5,  12-6 PM
87-48  78 St. in Woodhaven, Queens.
(The closest subway stop is 75th St/Elderts Lane on the J train.)

Come celebrate the 190th birthday of NYC’s oldest tavern, Neir’s.


Queens Interfaith Walk
Saturday, October 12,  1-4 PM

St. George’s Episcopal Church, Main St/39 Ave in Flushing

This annual event (sometimes more than annual), sponsored by the Flushing Interfaith Council, is a march attracting people of the diversity of faiths in Queens.  A pre-selected route is chosen and several houses of worship are visited where the congregants engage the visitors in the tenets of their faith. This year’s march begins at St. George’s Episcopal church, Main St/39 Ave in Flushing. No charge.


Monday October 14  (Columbus Day)  12-2 PM
> $20 fee collected on site

We begin at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, the symbol of the 1964-65 World’s Fair across from the Queens Museum, the first home of the United Nations General Assembly. We’ll exit the park and walk through Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, home to various immigrant concentrations, ending at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights near many lunch choices.  >Meets on the Africa side  of the Unisphere (Exit Mets-Willets Point station of the #7 train following signs to  the Park via a boardwalk and  then take the right pathway to the Unisphere.)  Allow 10 minutes from the station.  Please register for this tour by emailing  jaconet@aol.com.


Corona Circuit
Tuesday, October 29, 11 AM- 1 PM

> $20 fee collected on site

For more than 150 years Corona has been a welcoming neighborhood for working class people of many ethnicities.  Located on the original colonial road between Flushing and Brooklyn, Corona adapted to and prospered with changing transportation technology- the LIRR, the Shell Road, trolleys and the #7 train. The tour spans Corona between the Lemon Ice King and the Louis Armstrong Museum. Latin American food abounds. >Meets in Corona Plaza on the south side of the 103 St station (#7 train). Please register for this tour by emailing  jaconet@aol.com.


Life and Art Along the L Train
Monday, November 11, 9:30 AM- 5 PM
(This is Veterans Day, a holiday for many,
but the L train will run on a “normal” schedule!)
> Requires advance payment of $49

Since its expansion to 8th Avenue in Manhattan in the 1930s, the L line has stimulated the movement of artists and gentrification along its route. We explore the West Village and the meatpacking district— including a portion of the new Highline Park— and move on to the East Village, Williamsburg,  Bushwick and Ridgewood, noting the continuous transformation of each of these neighborhoods. > Meets outside  the L train entrance (14 St/8th Ave.) and ends near the Wyckoff Ave. L train station in Ridgewood, Queens. You can request a more detailed prospectus of this tour by emailing me at jaconet@aol.com >This tour requires advance payment of $49. ($39 for students and GANYC members with ID presented at start of tour). Send check for $49, including your phone # and email address, to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 or pay with PayPal (to a friend) by clicking on the Payment tab of this website.