Courtesy of Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, Urban Geographer and Queens Borough Historian
Hello GeogNYC Fans, Below is our latest update. We’ve got two exciting tours coming up and some other activities! As always, feel free to get in touch with any questions. I look forward to seeing you on one of our upcoming tours. Jack
FROM FREEDOM TO BOHEMIA: Date: Sunday March 26 — Time: 11am-1:30pm
We’ll convene at the F train stop on Roosevelt Island and head for Four Freedoms Park at the southern end of the island. Here we can contemplate FDR’s wisdom and enjoy East River views of Long Island City and Midtown unsullied by crowds and automobile traffic. We’ll cross the Roosevelt Island bridge into Queens, following the evolving Long Island City and Old Astoria shoreline and end at Bohemian Hall, the venerable Czech beer garden that has survived more than century of century of change around it. This tour is self-sponsored. Fee: $20 payable at the start of the tour. Maximum 30 participants. Email me with your interest to hold a spot. email@example.com
THE NEW WORLD OF THE NUMBER 7 TRAIN: Date: Saturday May 6 — Time: 10am-5:30pm
Since 1999, when the Metrocard matured, I have been leading a tour called The World of the Number 7 Train. This series of six walks and connecting rides along North Queens’ transportation corridor became my signature tour, focusing on what the #7 train has done to and for surrounding neighborhoods since it began service in 1914. So much has changed since the tour began. In the NEW World of the Number 7 Train, walks take place in the Hudson Yards, the Long Island City shoreline, Flushing West, the Iron Triangle, North Corona, and Woodside-Jackson Heights. The routes are all different from the original tour. SO COME AGAIN! Lunch is still in Flushing’s Asian food mecca. Tour fee is $49 and you need to preregister by check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name, phone and email address) or by PayPal (follow the direct link, but also send me your contact info by email). The full day’s program and other info is available by email. firstname.lastname@example.org The tour is limited to 25 people, so reserve ASAP.
Later in 2017 I will offer a variety of new and updated walking tours, especially in Queens. When air warms up and days lengthen, from May-August, I will expand my offerings of weekday evening walks which end in food-rich locales.
SOME SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES BESIDES MY TOURS:
- The new permanent exhibit on NYC history “NYC at Its Core” opened on November 18, 2016 at the Museum of the City of New York. As an MCNY member I attended the crowded opening, along with many familiar faces. We all found it AWESOME (a word I use with discretion!) This exhibit warrants multiple visits, perhaps best in the solitude of nasty winter weekdays. It incorporates history, geography, ecology, and culture and the narrative uses words, pictures, maps and objects. One section of the exhibit is devoted to the future of NYC. There is a continually looped video there, by Neil Goldberg, consisting of quotes by ordinary NYers, including me, that you should find enjoyable.
- Breaking Bread vs. the Trump travel ban http://www.saveur.com/breaking-bread-nyc-trump-muslim-travel-ban