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.
Sunday, June 24 –Astoria Park, Queens — Meet at Astoria’s “triangle building” at Astoria Boulevard, 21st Street and 27th Avenue; if arriving by public transit take N train shuttle bus to Astoria Blvd and walk 8 blocks west, or take the Q18, Q19, Q102 or Q103 routes.
We will take a look at the history and lore of what is arguably Queens’ most beautiful park, take a look at classic infrastructure like the Triboro and Hell Gate Bridges, discuss the sights on Wards and Randalls Island, talk about some of the structures surrounding the park, and throw in a bit of Astoria Village, too. You will have great opportunities for bridge photography!
Sunday, July 8 — Cypress Hills/National Cemetery/Neir’s Tavern, Brooklyn/Queens — Meet at Norwood Avenue and Fulton Street at the elevated J train stop, 12 noon.
We will take a look at National and Cypress Hills Cemeteries along the Brooklyn-Queens “Cemetery Belt” and then venture into western Woodhaven across the undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens, where several historic and picturesque sights await, then finish with lunch at historic Neir’s Tavern, which celebrates its 189th anniversary this year.
Sunday, July 22 — West Village, Manhattan — Meet at the southeast corner of Varick and West Houston Street at the Houston Street stop (#1 train), 12 noon, route TBD
Sunday, August 5 — Corona, Queens — Meet at the 103rd Street/Corona Plaza station of the #7 train in the public plaza, 12 noon; route TBD
Sunday, August 26 — Richmond Terrace, Staten Island — Meet in front of the Staten Island Ferry terminal in lower Manhattan (#1, R train) at 11 AM; we will get the 11:30 boat. Staten Island residents, meet us in front of Staten Island Borough Hall at Richmond Terrace and Bay Street at about noon. Route TBD
Sunday, September 16 — Brooklyn Heights — meet and route TBD
Sunday, September 30 — College Point/Poppenhusen Institute — 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