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Jack Eichenbaum’s Walking Tour Schedule:  Summer 2019

Flushing:  in conjunction with Flushing Fantastic  weekend  doubleheader   June 28, 29:

  • Korean Community: Friday,  June 28  6-8 PM   Koreans are the premiere small businessmen and church builders of contemporary immigration. Their center of gravity has migrated away from Central Flushing and is now sprawling east along Northern Blvd and to “Korean Villages” at LIRR stations. See surprising shops and churches. Eats include “BBQ“ and “KFC.”  Meet outside  The Coop, a Korean restaurant at 133-42 39 Ave.  >We’ll convene at 6 PM outside but do join me inside after 5:15 PM for their wonderful Happy Hour specials. This is a “One Way” walk with various possible endings. You can return to central Flushing by bus, LIRR or on foot.  Fee: $20 collected on site. Please register at jaconet@aol.com
  • Chinese Community: Saturday,  June 29  6-8 PM  This immigrant destination and commercial center has come to surpass its Manhattan antecedent. Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core, Flushing’s Chinatown plays host to a variety of overseas Chinese groups. Rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions, and megamalls. Dine in a great variety of 100 Asian restaurants.
         We’ll convene in the entrance corridor by the elevators in the Skyview Mall at Roosevelt Ave/College Pt. Blvd, two blocks west of the #7 subway exit at Main St/Roosevelt Ave.
Rock-A-Way Ba-by  for  the  Sun-Set          Thursday,  July 25  6:00-8:00 PM   
This walk, on and off the Rockaway “boardwalk,” connects two restaurants which overlook the Jamaica Bay side of the peninsula. We’ll convene at Thai Rock, 375 Beach 92 St. and end at The Wharf at 116 St for sunset views and drinks and/or bar food.  (Optionally, BYO, and enjoy the same view from adjacent Tribute Park!) If you haven’t been to Rockaway Park recently, the scene is changing beautifully.  Post-Sandy renovation has been completed. Surfers and young urbanites are patrons of all of this. Our walk will also include a bit of affluent Belle Harbor to the west and the evolving nature of Beach 116th St, the subway terminus. Come as early as you want and enjoy the sand and surf during the day. There are outdoor showers and you can change in the restrooms. Head to Thai Rock for Thai appetizers and/or drinks and views but be ready to depart at 6:00 PM for our walk.  >Getting to Thai Rock by A train/Broad Channel shuttle should take about 75 minutes from Times Square. The Q53 express bus begins at the LIRR station in Woodside and intersects many subway lines in Queens. It will get you there (exit first stop in Rockaway) in 30-60 minutes depending on where you board it. You can also drive. There are subway and bus connections between the restaurants although parking may be an issue. It is also possible to travel by ferry from/to Wall St. see ferry schedule at https://www.ferry.nyc/routes- and-schedules/route/rockaway/   The tour is limited to 30 participants. The fee is $20, payable at the start of the tour. Registration required at jaconet@aol.com
“Willets Point”/Flushing Bay      Wednesday,  July 31, 2019    6-8  PM
This walk will scrutinize two environmental issues. First we will explore the forlorn area commonly but mistakenly known as “Willets Point” to the east of Citifield. (The “real” Willets Point is Fort Totten.) where various development plans have figuratively sunk into the polluted mud. We’ll walk through the area to the mouth of Flushing Bay where a light rail AirTrain is proposed for LaGuardia airport.. The walk continues into East Elmhurst and Corona for transit connections.
Exploring the Amazon Basin (in Queens)   Tuesday, August 6, 2019  5:30-7:30 PM
No mosquitoes to fight. No machetes needed.  This is the area that corporate Amazon rejected under community pressure. They chose not to negotiate. The area is still prime for artist and tech start-up investments. See my  published  article http://thisisqueensborough..com/thank-you-amazon-you-put-the-spotlight-on-lic/  >Meet at NE corner 21 St./44 Dr. (West end of  E,M stop at Court Square/23 St) The tour is limited to 30 participants. The fee is $20, payable at the start of the tour. Registration required at jaconet@aol.com
Brighton Line Memoirs     Saturday,  August 17, 2019  10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Originally built as an excursion railroad to Coney Island, the Brighton line quickly became a conduit to early suburbia before being converted to a subway line (now the Q train.) The route is rich in history, ethnic contrasts (black, Jewish, Chinese, South Asian, and Russian) as well as leafy garden suburb developments. We also visit the Flatbush town center and the boardwalk in Russified Brighton Beach. Prospect Park-Church Ave-Brighton Beach-Avenue U-Avenue J-Avenue H. Lunch in Brighton Beach.  > Logistic details provided to those who register and pay ($49 fee) in advance. 
This tour is limited to 25 participants. Registration and payment in advance is required.  Send a check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name(s) and email address.) Or pay with PayPal “to a friend” https://geognyc.com/payment