Posted by: Orlick | June 7, 2010

Queens Jack Eichenbaum Tours through July

Never spend a minute wondering if there’s something to do today. Here are some more selected tours through July from urban geographer Jack Eichenbaum. Some tours are free and all are fun. Maybe I’ll see you at one of them. I definitely want to go to the Corona one. Maybe we will see Madonna’s old apartment. For more info on Jack Eichenbaum tours, see his Public Tour Schedule. —Jeffrey Tastes

FREE TOURS: Heart of Corona Walks
Saturday June 12
As part of the 2nd Annual Queens Arts Express, http://www.queensartsexpress.com, the Queens Museum of Art and the Community Action Network are sponsoring free neighborhood events that combine local history with tastes and specials from diverse restaurants. At Corona Plaza, located on the south side of the 103 St station (#7 train) you can pick up a free map, join a tour, enjoy live music and dance performances and participate in hands-on art-making workshops. Two walks originating at Corona Plaza will provide an overview of Corona history and introduce you to participating Corona businesses and restaurants.

Walk 1. 11am-Noon: North Corona loop including Armstrong house back to Corona Plaza
Walk 2. 12:15-1:15pm: South Corona (“Corona Heights”) walk ending at “Spaghetti Park.”

Both walks are free, rain or shine, but will depart promptly with the first 35 people that turn out. No RSVP needed but a maximum number is imposed to keep the walks from being unwieldy. Participants may join both walks if maximum number is not reached.

FREE TOURS: Historical Jamaica
Saturday, June 19 1-3pm AND Saturday, July 10, 1-3pm

One of the earliest settlements in NYC, Jamaica boasts centuries old homes, churches and cemeteries. Focusing on Jamaica Ave at the foot of the glacial moraine, we’ll dwell on its strategic location and make some interior visits including Grace Episcopal Church and the meticulously restored Valencia theater. >Meet at King Manor museum front lawn, Jamaica Ave between 150-153 St. (E,J Jamaica Center, LIRR Jamaica station); Sponsored by Jamaica Center BID. Tour is free (and rain or shine) but RSVP is required. 718-526-2422 or info@jamaicacenter.org

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Changing Cultures of Queens: A Walking Anthology

A series of educational walking tours in June and July 2010
Tuesday evenings @ 6pm… We move by 6:15.
Instructor and sponsor: Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, urban geographer

Queens’ neighborhoods are unique mixes of these processes and previous history played out on varied topography. Learn to understand and appreciate these cityscapes by joining a group of walkers for an evening. Enjoy stimulating outdoor environments and make new friends.

Each walk begins at 6pm at the designated location, near a subway station, and ends about two hours and two miles later in a neighborhood where you may eat (as you choose) in a variety of interesting restaurants. Tuition: $15 each walk. ($10 for people under 30 years in age with ID) No reservations required; just show up in time!

Tues. June 8 Long Island City to Old Astoria
Tues. June 15 Forest Hills to Corona
Tues. June 22 #7 Sunnyside to Jackson Heights
Tues. June 29 South Richmond Hill
Tues. July 6 Flushing’s Chinatown
Tues. July 13 Woodside Ave
Tues. July 20 Astoria
Tues. July 27 #7 Jackson Heights to Sunnyside

Interborough Bus Adventures
M60 (Central Harlem to East Elmhurst) Sunday, June 20 10am-3pm
B61 (Long Island City to Red Hook) Saturday, July 31 10am-3pm

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