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.
Locations subject to change. All tours run approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
2014 TOUR SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 12th: FLUSHING MEADOWS/CORONA PARK, 12 NOON
This is the 75th anniversary of the 1939/1940 Fair and the 50th anniversary of the 1964/65 Fair. Tour remnants of each Fair and see what the similarities and differences were. Meet on the Passarelle Boardwalk just outside the #7 Mets -Willets Point station. NOTE: the #7 train is not running between Manhattan and Queens on weekends. Take the N train to Queensboro Plaza and change for the #7 there.
Saturday, May 3rd: SECRETS OF PROSPECT PARK, 12 NOON
Prospect Park is much more than the Long Meadow and Farmer’s Market: there are dozens of little-known monuments, names from the past and even landmarked trees. Meet at the corner of Union Street and Prospect Park West [#2 and #3 trains to Grand Army Plaza]
Sunday, May 18th: HELL’S KITCHEN, 12 NOON
Real estate developers have tried to relabel it “Clinton” over the years but to locals, “Hell’s Kitchen” will do nicely. Review the highlights of Manhattan’s midtown far west including 18th Century carriage houses and one of Manhattan’s two cable-stayed bridges. Meet at the corner of 8th Avenue and West 33rd Street in front of the Post Office [A, C, E train to 33rd/Penn Station]
Saturday, June 14th: BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, 12 NOON
Explore what became the first neighborhood to be made a NYC Landmarked District (in 1967) and see the new Brooklyn Bridge Park including the new Squibb Bridge. Meet in plaza in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall [2, 3, 4, 5, R trains]
Saturday, June 28th: RICHMOND HILL, 12 NOON
Queens’ Richmond Hill boasts what may be the borough’s richest collection of high Victorian homes. Also see other architectural highlights such as the Triangle Hotel and a pipe factory that became luxury housing. Meet at Jamaica Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard, two blocks west of the 121st Street station [J train]
Saturday, July 12th: STAPLETON, 10 AM
Visit the architecture, history and lore of one of Staten Island’s original downtowns that used to host a National Football League team. Meet in front of the Staten Island Ferry entrance in lower Manhattan [#1 train]. We will take the 10:30 boat and then walk to Stapleton from the SI Ferry terminal. Give yourself about 5 hours for this tour including train and ferry rides.
Saturday, August 9th: WESTCHESTER SQUARE, 10 AM
Visit what was one of Westchester County’s original downtowns before it became part of the Bronx, walk in historic cemeteries and see ancient churches. Meet in the park next to the Westchester Square elevated station [#6 train]
Saturday, September 13: LITTLE NECK and DOUGLASTON, 12 NOON
See some of Queens’ most outstanding vistas and some of its most beautiful and historic architecture. Meet at Little Neck Long Island Rail Road Little Neck station [fare is $8 round trip with City Ticket on LIRR, or take #7 train to Main Street, take #12 bus to Little Neck Parkway, walk 6 blocks north from Northern Boulevard to station at 39th Avenue]
Saturday, September 27th: FLATBUSH, 12 NOON
See the oldest Brooklyn subway station house, historic enclaves , gravestones in Dutch, and the original Ebinger’s Bakery. Meet at Avenue H station house on the Manhattan-bound side, Avenue H and East 16th Street [Q train]
Sunday, October 19: LOWER EAST SIDE, 12 NOON
Visit the history and see the distinctive architecture of what was once NYC’s largest Jewish enclave. Meet at Strauss Square at the East Broadway station, Essex Street at Canal Street [F train]
Date TBD; likely early November: EVERGREENS CEMETERY Part 2, 12 NOON
Part Two exploring Brooklyn/Queens’ cemetery prized for its historic interments and gorgeous vistas, led by cemetery historian Danny Daddario. Meet at cemetery entrance at Bushwick Avenue and Conway Street [A, C, L, J trains to East New York Broadway Junction, walk 3 blocks].
More tours may be added!
All tours cost $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members, $20 for non-members.
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