THE GEOGRAPHY OF NEW YORK CITY, WITH JACK EICHENBAUM / UPCOMING TOURS

 

 

UPCOMING TOURS

Forest Hills to Corona
Wednesday, June 14, 6-8 PM

Dominicans, Ecuadorians and Mexicans compete for commercial space in Corona! We end near a choice of latino cuisine . 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? Meet in front of Ridgewood Savings Bank (Queens Blvd/108 St) E,F,M,R to 71 Ave/Continental Ave.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com
Use of Space in Western Queens
Wednesday, June 216-8 PM                                                      
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. Meet under the Sunnyside sign on 46 St south of the El. (46 St station on #7 local)  End in Jackson Heights where Mexican, South Asian, South American and Himalayan cuisines abound.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com
Religion in North Flushing    
Wednesday, June 28, 6-8 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. The area is now the site of 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 in once-elite residential areas. We’ll discuss the ecological and economic problems engendered by the new churches as well as the uncertain status of historic religious institutions(A similar tour in South Flushing is also offered periodically.)  Begins in front of St. George Episcopal Church (Main St/39 Ave)  #7 to Main St. and end in Flushing’s Asian food mecca.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com
Where Does Harlem Begin? (Nieuw Haarlem)
Wednesday, July 56-8 PM

In what is a most remarkable transition from wealth to poverty, the grand apartments on the Upper East Side of Manhattan yield to the tenements and projects of East Harlem in just a few city blocks. The slope where this transition occurs actually stretches from the Hudson River to the East River and historically, has always marked a change in land use. The Dutch colonists in Nieuw Nederland began this process when they established the agricultural community of Nieuw Haarlem in the Harlem Valley in 1658.  Meet NE corner 86 St/Lexington Ave. (#4,5,6 to 86 St.) End near the Columbia University campus with a choice of moderately priced eats.
Crossing Newtown Creek: LIC to Greenpoint
Wednesday, July 126-8 PM

Meet outside the east exit of  the E,  M  train station at  Court Square  (23 St/44 Dr.) in Long Island City.  (#7 and G trains connect here as well.) Walk through  a nexus of contemporary artists’ activity in converted industrial buildings.  Follow newly gentrified Jackson Ave. and and cross the Pulaski Bridge connecting Long Island City to Brooklyn. 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.  View the striking NYC DEP Wastewater Improvement Plant (“Digester Eggs”) and visit its adjacent Nature Trail in Greenpoint. Meander through partially gentrified working class blocks and end in a concentration of Polish food (among other cuisines.)
Coming Attractions
July – August

The NEW Rockaway Beach,  Astoria,  South Richmond Hill, and MORE. Watch this website for scheduling or join my mailing list at http://www.geognyc.com/contact-mail-list/ to be among the first to know.
SOME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES BESIDES MY TOURS:

  • Queens Pride 25th Anniversary Parade on June 4 http://www.queenspride.org/ and Queens Museum Exhibit June 9 (opening reception July 30) http://www.queensmuseum.org/2017/04/the-lavender-line
  • The New Permanent Exhibit on NYC History “NYC at its Core” opened on November 18, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York: http://www.mcny.org/exhibition/new-york-its-core. As an MCNY member I attended the crowded opening, along with many familiar faces. We all found it AWESOME (a word I use with discretion!). This exhibit warrants multiple visits. It incorporates history, geography, ecology, and culture and the narrative uses words, pictures, maps and objects. One section of the exhibit is devoted to the future of NYC. There is a continually looped video there, by Neil Goldberg, consisting of quotes by ordinary NYers, including me.
                            
  • Breaking Bread vs. the Trump Travel Ban http://www.saveur.com/breaking-bread-nyc-trump-muslim-travel-ban.
  • Sign a Petition in Support of a Richmond Hill Historical District (the most intact Victorian neighborhood in Queens!). Go here for details:http://www.richmondhillhistory.org/

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