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.
Sunday, September 30 — College Point/Poppenhusen Institute —Meet at College Point Diner, 14th Road and College Point Boulevard, 12 noon; take Q65 bus on Main Street to College Point, transferrable from #7 train at Main Street; bus stops at 18th Avenue or 14th Avenue, walk south from 14th, north from 18th.
We will first head for the Poppenhusen Institute and hear about the legacy of rubber manufacturer Conrad Poppenhusen, the “father of modern College Point.” The institution he founded serves as a community center and the repository of artwork by sculptor Hermon MacNeil. We’ll also visit College Point’s heart with large mansions on odd plots, the small-town College Point Boulevard and McNeil Park with East River views.
Sunday, October 14 — Open House New York Sunnyside and Astoria — Meet under the Queens Boulevard viaduct at the 46th Street station (7 train), 12 noon
In this special tour on Open House New York weekend, we’ll take a look at historic Sunnyside Gardens, one of NYC’s first planned communities; visit where the outdoor arena Madison Square Garden Bowl used to be; visit the Gustave X. Mathews flats, handsome apartment buildings contracted from 1915-1930; and finish at the historic Quinn Funeral Home, where I’ll give a special powerpoint presentation at Greater Astoria Historical Society.
Sunday, October 28 — Eastern Green-Wood Cemetery/Windsor Terrace — Meet at Green-Wood cemetery’s South Gate on Fort Hamilton Parkway west of McDonald Avenue, a few blocks from the Fort Hamilton Parkway or Church Avenue stations (F, G trains), 12 noon
While previous FNY Green-Wood tours have concentrated on its western and southern stretches, today we’ll see the Cemetery’s eastern flank and visit the graves of Peter Cooper, hot dog king Charles Feltmann, the final fate of “Civic Virtue” and the only gravestone accompanied by a life-size bear. If there’s time, we’ll also visit a chunk of nearby Windsor Terrace, a bit of Brooklyn wedged between the Cemetery and Prospect Park.
Saturday, November 10 — East Village, Manhattan — meet and route TBD