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May 4

Garden Apartments of Jackson Heights, Queens

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Time: – 1:30 pm

Walk Host: Daniel Karatzas of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group

Accessibility: Partially Accessible - curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: Constructed between 1917 and 1925 in reaction to the density and teeming tenements found in much of Manhattan, the garden apartments of Jackson Heights were designed to provide the light, air, and greenspace that was then available to only the wealthiest New Yorkers. Built in a variety of vernacular styles, these buildings - unique to Jackson Heights - create a charming and highly livable urban suburbia.

Meeting Place: The northeast corner of 75th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, in front of the Chase Bank, Queens

Ending Place: 82nd Street and 37th Avenue

Made in Long Island City, Queens: A Walking Tour of Art and Industry Past, Present and Future

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Time: – 4:00 pm

Walk Host: No Longer Empty & LIC Partnership

Accessibility: Partially Accessible - curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: Long Island City has a diversity that is particularly unique - in its physical form as new glass towers rise next to older manufacturing buildings and in its social context as new companies and residents move to the neighborhood dotted with infrastructure. Come walk through Long Island City’s unique industrial landscape that is now home to modern manufacturing, technology and a thriving arts community. Guided by Dana Frankel of the LIC Partnership and Naomi Hersson-Ringskog of No Longer Empty, the tour will present personal knowledge about LIC’s rich history and the current state of this diverse setting in its transformation to a modern industrial hub, growing commercial center, thriving art circuit and booming residential neighborhood community. A specially designed map of Long Island City will be distributed at the end.

Meeting Place: Outside the Clock Tower building, located at 29-27 41st Ave, Long Island City, Queens

Ending Place: Park Adjacent to The Clock Tower, 29-27 41st Ave, Long Island City, Queens

History and Art in Downtown Jamaica, Queens

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Time: – 1:30 pm

Walk Host: Rejin Leys and Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

Accessibility: Partially Accessible - curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Description: Jamaica is so much more than a stop on the LIRR. Come see 300 years of historic sites and public art along Jamaica Avenue, in what is now a vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhood.

Meeting Place: Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue

Ending Place: Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue

May 5

Bowne Street in Queens, My Street

Hindu Temple in Flushing

Time: – 11:00 AM

Walk Host: Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian

Accessibility: Not Accessible - stairs, obstacles, uneven terrain, steep paths

Description: I will be leading a walk along the length of historic and multiethnic Bowne Street in Flushing where I have been living for 35 years. There are several historical landmarks, most notably the Bowne House (1661), some exceptional houses of worship, most notably the Hindu Temple Society of North America, and unusual horticultural sites, such as the Parsons' nursery rows of trees in Kissena Park.

Meeting Place: Northwest corner of Main Street and 39th Avenue near the St. George Episcopal Church, Queens

Ending Place: Kissena Park, Queens

Woodside: A Crossroads in Queens

Time: – 5:00 pm

Walk Host: Matico Josephson (Untapped Cities)

Accessibility: Fully Accessible

Description: Since its consolidation into the City of New York in 1898 the neighborhood of Woodside, at the intersection of major road and rail networks, has been one of the most important crossroads in Queens. Explore the neighborhood's boundaries and focal points with Woodside resident and architectural historian Matico Josephson. We will consider the neighborhood's geographical advantages and disadvantages, the effects of the recent rezoning, and its distinctive ethnic, cultural, and linguistic breakdown. The our conversation will range from architecture to urban utopias, distopias, and how we coexist in our pluralistic cities. Stops may be made at select neighborhood eateries, and recommendations will certainly be given for nearby Irish, Indian, Thai, Turkish, Korean, Himalayan, Peruvian and Lebanese restaurants for dinner.

Meeting Place: In front of Lucid Cafe, located at 59-02 Woodside Avenue at 59th Street just under elevated #7 train, Queens

Ending Place: In front of Lucid Cafe, located at 59-02 Woodside Avenue at 59th Street just under elevated #7 train, Queens