These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; additional support is provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.
Tour dates and locations subject to change. All tours run approximately 2-and-a-half hours unless noted. Note: MTA train schedules on weekends, as well as tour dates, are subject to change.
All tours cost $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members, $20 for non-members.
RSVP for whichever tours you wish to attend to email@example.com or Kevin Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. However, walk-ups are always welcome.
Saturday, April 21 — Bottle Beach/Dead Horse Bay/Floyd Bennett Field — special start time 11 AM— meet at last Q35 bus stop on Flatbush Avenue just before the Marine Parkway Bridge — ask driver to alert you when he gets there. Parking is available in a lot across the street at Floyd Bennett Field. The Q35 can be boarded on the south side of Avenue H between Nostrand and Flatbush near the last stop of the #2 train to Flatbush Avenue.
Kicking off the 2018 tour season with a new event! We will first stroll down to the water’s edge at dead Horse Bay, the famed “bottle beach,” a repository of NYC historical detritus of the last few decades, then reverse course up to Floyd Bennett Field, see the marvelously restored Art Deco Ryan Visitor Center and visit Historic Aircraft Restoration Project at Hangar B where classic 20th Century aircraft has been marvelously restored. We will finish with lunch at the nearby Aviator Sports and Events Center.
Sunday, May 6 — World’s Fair Remnants, Flushing Meadows — meet on boardwalk ramp just south of the #7 Mets/Willets Point station, 12 noon.
One of FNY’s most popular tours in the past will find us visiting sites from both the 1939 and 1964 World’s fairs including the Queens Museum and Unisphere, but also the lesser-known Column of Jerash and Masonic George Washington. Finish with a walk to Corona for lunch at Nixtamal Tacos or Mama’s of Corona.
Sunday, May 20 — Fort Greene, Brooklyn — meet at the Lafayette Avenue station (C train) at Fulton Street and South Portland Avenue under the Biggie Smalls mural, 12 noon
Fort Greene is named for a fort built in 1776 at what is now the park’s central summit by General Nathanael Greene(1742-1786). The fort, originally named Ft. Putnam, aided in George Washington’s retreat after his defeat in the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776, and was reactivated during 1812 when a British attack was anticipated. We will take a look at the famed Prison Ship Monument, as well as some of the area’s famed edifices such as One Hanson, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Tech, and some leftover buildings from the farm era. Lunch TBD.
Sunday, June 10 — Fordham-Belmont, Bronx — meet at the NE corner of Grand Concourse and Kingsbridge Road, at the KIngsbridge Road subway (D train), 12 noon
We will head west to take a look at the magnificent Kingsbridge Armory and St. Mary’s Church along the el, then back to Poe Cottage and Poe Park, where the great author resided briefly, visit the remnants of the Croton Aqueduct, Loew’s Paradise Theater and finish with lunch at the Bronx’s best pizzeria, Pugsley’s on East 191st. After the tour, you then have the option of strolling down Arthur Avenue and the sights and sounds of NYC’s best Little Italy.
Sunday, June 24 –Astoria Park, Queens — meet and route TBD
Sunday, July 8 — Cypress Hills/National Cemetery/Neir’s Tavern, Brooklyn/Queens — meet and route TBD
Sunday, July 22 — West Village, Manhattan — meet and route TBD
Sunday, August 5 — Corona, Queens — meet and route TBD
Sunday, August 26 — Richmond Terrace, Staten Island — meet and route TBD
Sunday, September 16 — Brooklyn Heights — meet and route TBD
Sunday, September 30 — Between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Manhattan — meet and route TBD
Sunday, October 14 — East Village, Manhattan — meet and route TBD
Sunday, October 28 — Eastern Green-Wood Cemetery/Windsor Terrace — meet and route TBD