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This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on May 24, 2007 12:00 PM.

Weekend Walking Tours: Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend's walking tours (tour sponsors in brackets):

Go, Go Gowanus [MAS]

Saturday, May 26, 11:00 a.m.
$15, $12 MAS members

Explore the wide banks of Brooklyn's most famous canal. Before crossing one of the oldest retractile bridges in the United States, visit the Carroll Gardens Historic District, a singular brownstone enclave distinguished by a remarkable street plan. Learn the history of the canal and the surrounding, though faded, industrual zone. Leader: Matt Postal, architectural historian. Meet at Smith and President streets, outside the drug store. (TransitL F, G trains to Carroll St.)

Ravenswood Waterfront [MAS]

Monday, May 28, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$15, $12 MAS members

Walk the East River shore in Queens between the Queensboro and Triboro bridges. Begin at Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in the United States, and head for the remnants of Old Astoria, the terminus of the 19th century 92nd St. Ferry. The unusual spectrum of sights along the way includes the increasingly oblique views of Manhattan's Upper East Side from three parks, a (former) piano factory, a huge power plant, a "big box," the Socrates Sculpture Park and the Isamu Noguchi Museum. We'll end in an especially Greek commercial part of Astoria with subway connections. Some may wish to end in the Bohemian Beer Hall, New York City's larndmarked (and last) beer garden. Leader: Jack Eichenbaum, urban geographer. Meet at N.W. corner of 41st Ave. and 21st St. (Transit: F train to Queensbridge.)

Eberhard Faber