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 unless noted. Note: MTA train schedules on weekends, as well as tour dates, are subject to change.
ForgottenTour #91: Norwood, Bronx.† Sunday, May 31, 12 Noon. Meet at Bainbridge Avenue and East 206th in front of the Capitol One, last stop of the D train.
The Bronx Historical society, located in a historic Colonial-era building, is the centerpiece of this architecture-heavy walk through the central part of the mainland borough. We’ll visit the site of a reservoir transformed into a park as well as see the only true freshwater river in New York City, and peek inside the gates of Woodlawn Cemetery.
ForgottenTour #92: Woodhaven, Queens.† Sunday, June 14, 12 Noon. Meet northeast corner Woodhaven Boulevard and Rockaway Boulevard, Woodhaven Boulevard stop A train.
Woodhaven is home to the oldest tavern in New York City, which we will visit along with a look at the remnants of enamelware factories, hidden cemeteries and historic carousels.
ForgottenTour #93: Hunters Point, Queens. Sunday, June 28, 12 Noon. Meet on Vernon Boulevard traffic island at 50th Avenue (#7 Vernon Boulevard stop)
The newly expanded Gantry State Park is the main attraction in this neighborhood on the move, as well as several relics of the 19th Century still hiding in plain sight in the neighborhood formerly known as Dominie’s Hook.
ForgottenTour #94: Secrets of Southern Central Park. Sunday, July 12, 10AM. Meet at Jose Marti horseback statue, Central Park South and 6th Avenue, Manhattan (F train to 57th Street).
Check out southern Central Park’s highlights including iron and masonry bridges, a replica of a medieval lamppost from medieval Germany, and structures like the Dairy, Hernshead and Cop Cot. Beat the heat with a 2-hour tour that starts at 10AM.
ForgottenTour #95: Madison Square/Lower 5th Avenue, Manhattan, Sunday, July 26, 10AM. Meet at Seward Statue at the NE corner of 5th Avenue and 23rd Street, Manhattan (R, N train)
Madison Square features memorials to a number of little-remembered personages in American history and is ringed with interesting architecture, as is lower 5th Avenue between 23rd and 14th Streets – see it all on this tour. Beat the heat with a 2-hour tour that starts at 10AM.
ForgottenTour #96: Park Slope, Brooklyn†, Sunday, August 9th, 10AM. Meet at 4th Avenue between 9th and 10th Street at the newly renovated 4th Avenue IND train station (F, R trains)
We’ll take a walk up 9thStreet to Prospect Park, taking in some luminous architecture including a Second Empire music school and the famed Litchfield Villa. Beat the heat with a 2-hour tour that starts at 10AM.
ForgottenTour #97: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn†, Sunday, August 23rd, 10AM. Meet at Prospect Park West and Union Street, park side (2, 3 trains)
A walk round Grand Army Plaza to see the little-known personalities depicted on its statuary, and a look at attractions in Prospect Park and also a look at a century-old second Statue of Liberty. Beat the heat with a 2-hour tour that starts at 10AM.
ForgottenTour #98: Bayside, Queens†, Sunday, September 13, 12 Noon. Meet on 41st Avenue and 213th Street at Long Island Rail Road station house.
A visit to this suburban neighborhood that is home to several waterside parks and ponds, and surprisingly interesting architecture, including the home of one of the United States’ greatest prizefighters.
ForgottenTour #99: Tribeca, Manhattan†, Sunday, September 27, 12 Noon. Meet outside Franklin Street station at Varick and Franklin Streets (#1 train)
A wealth of interesting architecture, including cast-iron front buildings and a picturesque pedestrian bridge, will be shown on this tour in a formerly sleepy part of town.
ForgottenTour #100: Special for FNY Tour #100, Open House NY, Sunday, October 18 (TBD; tentatively north Astoria)
ForgottenTour #101: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Sunday, October 25, 12 Noon. Meet at cemetery entrance, 5th Avenue and 25th Street; R train is one block away at 4th and 25th
For the first time on a FNY tour, the east side of Green-Wood will be explored, where the remains of Boss Tweed, industrialist Peter Cooper and hot dog king Charles Feltman rest.
We’ll exit on the east side of the cemetery, where the F train Church Ave station lurks near.
ForgottenTour #102: Dyker Heights, Brooklyn†, Sunday, November 8, 12 Noon. Meet at 4th Avenue and 77th Street outside R train station.
Check out Dyker Heights’ wealth of interesting buildings, as well as McKinley and Dyker Heights Parks, in this neighborhood considered a NYC suburb until the coming of the subway.
(We’ll likely end up at the N train 8th Ave. or Ft. Hamilton Parkway stations)
†New tour given for first time
All tours cost $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members, $20 for non-members.
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2/21/15; rev. 5/6/15