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 to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Walsh at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. However, walk-ups are always welcome!
ForgottenTour #115: Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 12 noon, Bay Ridge and Saturday Night Fever
A walk in my original neighborhood, Bay Ridge with an emphasis on the film Saturday Night Fever, which was filmed from 1976-77 while I lived there. We will take a look at some movie stills illustrating several scenes from the film and take a look at what is there now, as well as some personal reminiscences. Meet in front of Bay Ridge branch of Brooklyn Public Library, 4th Avenue and 95th Street; B63 bus, R train
ForgottenTour #116: Sunday, June 4th, 2017, 12 noon, Downtown Rock Sites
We will swing by the present or former locations of some of Manhattan’s classic rock clubs such as the Palladium, Irving Plaza, the Bottom Line and more, and we’ll provide some personal reminiscences of some of the acts we saw. Meet at subway kiosk, Union Square East just north of East 14th Street; 4, 5, 6, L, N, R trains
ForgottenTour #117: Saturday, June 17th, 2017, 12 noon, Mid-Astoria
We’ll take a look at some remaining vestiges of Astoria Village, the riverside town founded by Stephen Ailing Halsey, and make our way southeast along a Revolutionary-era pathway toward the heart of Astoria and finish at the Greater Astoria Historical Society on Broadway. Meet in front of “Astoria’s Flatiron Building,” the former L. Gally Furniture Building, at 27th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard where they meet at 21st Street. Q18, Q19, Q102 buses; 8 blocks west of Astoria Boulevard station of the N train
ForgottenTour #118: Sunday, July 9th, 12 noon, Battery Park and Bowling Green
A walk through Manhattan’s southernmost limit while we view the many historical monuments from all eras of the city’s history. Meet in front of South Ferry entrance on Whitehall Street; #1 and R trains
ForgottenTour #119: Sunday, July 30, 12 noon, Nikola Tesla, Bryant Park and Midtown
A walk past the Midtown sites where one of history’s greatest unsung inventors, Nikola Tesla, lived and worked, as well as a discussion of some of the hidden highlights of Bryant Park. Meet at Nikola Tesla Corner, 6th Avenue and West 40th Street, southwest end of Bryant Park; D, F trains, 42nd street stop.
ForgottenTour #120, Sunday, August 13, 12 noon, Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx; details TC
ForgottenTour #121, Sunday, August 27, 12 noon, Yorkville/Little Hungary, details TC
ForgottenTour #122, Sunday, September 17, 12 noon, Sunset Park, Brooklyn; details TC
ForgottenTour #123, Sunday, October 8, 10 AM*, Kreischerville/Charleston, Staten Island; details TC
ForgottenTour #124, Sunday, October 29th, 12 noon, Green-Wood or Evergreens Cemetery; details TC
*special start time