Queens has been a major center of thoroughbred horse racing since 1667 when King Charles II of England established here the first race course in his North American Possessions. This exhibition details the history of this amazing sport in Queens from those early days 350 years ago to the present and its concomitant cultural, social and economic dimensions and impact. It relates stories of the sport’s legends–horses, jockeys, trainers, and iconic races.
The exhibition is co-located at Flushing Town Hall’s Greenroom and the Queens Historical Society.
When: Ongoing through June 30, 2018
Where: Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Avenue & Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Both in Flushing
Admission: $5 suggested donation
Walk 1: Sunnyside To Jackson Heights
During the first third of the 20th century, Western Queens nurtured developments where traditional open space/building area relationships were altered to create new urban architecture. The Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights Historic Districts anchor the route which also includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings. Meet under the Sunnyside arch (South side Queens Blvd. at 46 St., #7 to 46 St.)
Walk 2: Jackson Heights To Sunnyside
After immigration laws were overhauled in 1965, Queens’ middle class rental neighborhoods with good subway access became desirable to many skilled new immigrant communities. The route will highlight the commercial components of Mexican, South American, South Asian, Himalayan, Thai, Irish, and Turkish communities. Meet at 83 St./Roosevelt Ave. (Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle, #7 to 82 St.)
Last year NYC Ferry began its new route to Astoria. This neighborhood was first settled via a ferry from Manhattan that began in the 1830s but was terminated after the opening of the Triboro Bridge. We will begin our walk at the ferry landing (3-10 Astoria Blvd.) A ferry arrives from Wall St (Pier 11) and three intermediate stops at 6PM. Fare is $2.75. (See https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/route/astoria/). Participants can arrive on this ferry (with me) or get to the landing on their own. The walk will include art at Socrates Sculpture Park and Welling Court murals, antebellum residences in Old Astoria, churches and Astoria Park. The walk will end at Bohemian Hall, the century old Czech beer garden for optional drinks and dinner. $20 fee collected at the start of the walk. You must register in advance (email email@example.com) which I will confirm, hold you on a waiting list, or advise of a sellout.