Jun
9
Sat
Street Art Walking Tour of Queens @ Clever Blend LIC
Jun 9 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Street Art Walking Tour of Queens @ Clever Blend LIC | New York | United States

Before the Bushwick Collective, NYC’s primary graffiti & street art mecca was 5Pointz in Queens. In its wake, new art collectives have sprung up, making western Queens the best-kept secret for street art in NYC! Come discover Queens on a tour that you will not forget!

From the artist haven of Long Island City to the Socrates Sculpture Park and the Welling Court Murals, there is so much to see. On this expansive walking tour, we will explore several areas near the Queens waterfront, stopping to see all of the great art the area’s streets have to offer.

The tour will start in Long Island City, where street artists are working to keep the 5Pointz legacy alive… still covering buildings top to bottom in amazing art! As we explore this area, you will see its history and future colliding. Then, we venture to nearby Gantry State Park, which offers some of the best skyline views in the entire city. It is here also that you will discover NYC’s most curious landmark. From there, we will travel up by ferry to western Astoria, where you will discover the growing Welling Court Mural project– a neighborhood-wide outdoor gallery of street art– and the Socrates Sculpture Park. There will be ample opportunities for photos throughout.

This is a great tour for urban explorers, artists, and photographers!

Tour fee includes a ferry ride back to Manhattan, or you may choose to stay in Queens and keep exploring!

Jun
10
Sun
World’s Fair History Walking Tour @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
World's Fair History Walking Tour @ Flushing Meadows Corona Park | New York | United States

Hear the stories behind the Unisphere, New York State Pavilion, Hall of Science, Queens Zoo Aviary, Carousel, Time Capsules, Underground Home, the second-oldest outdoor antiquity in NYC, and more.

Meet us at the Unisphere!

No registration is required. First-come, first-served. Weather permitting.

Tours are led by Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s volunteer docents.

Aug
8
Wed
Rock-A-Way Ba-by for the Sun-Set @ The Geography of NYC, With Dr. Jack Eichenbaum
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rock-A-Way Ba-by for the Sun-Set @ The Geography of NYC, With Dr. Jack Eichenbaum

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. The tour is limited to 30 participants. The fee is $20, payable at the start of the tour. Registration required at jaconet@aol.com

Aug
11
Sat
Walking Tour of Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens @ Maple Grove Cemetery
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Walking Tour of Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens @ Maple Grove Cemetery

Join in to explore the historic Victorian sections of Maple Grove. Jo-Anne Raskin – Friends of Maple Grove Board Member, Lecturer and Tour Guide – will take guests back in time to visit the grave sites of many historic, notable and interesting residents. Learn these residents’ stories and the history behind Victorian funerary symbols and styles.

Meet location: VICTORIAN ADMIN BUILDING, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road
Fee: $15/$10 for FMG members – cash or checks accepted.

Light refreshments will be served.
Free parking on cemetery grounds inside the gate at Lefferts Blvd.

Sep
1
Sat
My Childhood in Bayside (vs. What’s There Now)
Sep 1 @ 10:45 am – 1:00 pm
My Childhood in Bayside (vs. What's There Now)

I am leading a walk through old Bayside where I lived from 1943-1958. Most of the personal landmarks of my early life have vanished but there are threads of continuity and many anecdotes. Several sites have been designated as NYC landmarks: All Saints Episcopal Church, the Lawrence family graveyard and the Cobblestone house. When silent films were made in Queens, Bayside was home to many stars. Many brunch possibilities are in the area. Logistics for the tour link to the arrival of a reduced weekend fare (Buy a “Cityfare” ticket for $4.25.) LIRR train (leaves Penn Station at 10:19 AM with stops in Woodside and Flushing) arrives in Bayside at 10:47 AM. Fee $20 collected at the start of the tour.>Meet in front of the Post Office on the south side of the LIRR station on 42 Ave, just west of Bell Blvd. By bus: Q13 from Flushing to 42 Ave. Street parking available. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com

Sep
8
Sat
Second Saturday Walking Tour in Kew Gardens @ Maple Grove Cemetery
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Second Saturday Walking Tour in Kew Gardens @ Maple Grove Cemetery

Join in for an informative walking tour in Victorian Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens. Hear about its notable residents and learn about Victorian funerary symbols and styles. Free parking in the cemetery. Light refreshments. Meet outside the Victorian Admin Building just inside the gate at Lefferts Blvd. Pay in cash at the tour or pay on our web site. RSVP requested.

Sep
29
Sat
Jazz Tracks Tour
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jazz Tracks Tour

This tour has it all – Walk, Ride, Learn & Lunch. Explore Corona-East Elmhurst’s history of jazz artists and music. This walking tour will include transportation to various locations throughout Corona East Elmhurst.  Ticket also includes a lunch during the tour.

Presented by the Corona East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society, Inc. Seats are limited, so make sure you book your tickets early.

Spirits Alive at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens @ Maple Grove Cemetery
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Spirits Alive at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens @ Maple Grove Cemetery | New York | United States

Join us for our annual Spirits Alive presentation at Maple Grove. Enter any time after 2:30 PM to walk through the Victorian Section of the cemetery to meet over 20 actors portraying some of our illustrious and historical figures in period costumer, recounting tales of their lives, including some new discoveries. Our special theme this year is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918. There will be a special ceremony with the unveiling of a new historical monument. Free admission! Period costume encouraged! Drive into the Queens Blvd. or 129th St. & Kew Gardens Rd. gates for free parking on cemetery grounds. Walk in at the gate at Lefferts Blvd.