Native New Yorker Walking Tours
Forest Hills is an upper-middle/upper, class neighborhood containing a private, residential, English, tudor-style enclave called Forest Hills Gardens which developed in the early part of the 20th Century as part of the English garden city movement advanced by Ebenezer Howard and realized by Frederick Olmsted. Its splendid architecture and gardens are perfect for walking any time of the year. We will stop for ice cream at Eddie's Sweet Shop, (closed Mondays), an authentic 20's ice cream parlor. We will return to Manhattan via Roosevelt Island - a 1970s, redeveloped, planned community of upper, middle and lower-income housing - situated off of Manhattan's Eastside in the East River. The Roosevelt Island, Aerial Tramway, high above the East River, offers an unparalleled view of the 59 Street ( Ed Koch/Queensboro) Bridge (referred to in Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feeling Groovy”), the United Nations. and Upper East Side and East River, as far north as The RFK/Triborough Bridge.
A mile-long circular walk through tidal marshlands is perfect for bird watching and enjoying the serenity of the sea; it is administered by the National Parks Service.
The Jamaica Wildlife Refuge is a federal, National Recreation area administered by the Parks Service encompassing over 9000 acres. It is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in the northeast, situated along the Atlantic flyway. A mile-long circular walk in the wetlands affords unlimited bird watching and insight into the salt marsh ecosystem. The sense of remoteness is stark considering we are within one of the most densely settled regions of the U.S and within sight of one of the major international, airports. Traveling from Manhattan, we will ride the Long Island Rail Road to Jamaica Station and transfer to the JFK SkyTrain through JFK, one half-mile to the park’s entrance through Broad Channel, a quiet, seaside, residential, Jamaica Bay community.
Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Corona and Flushing
Astoria: St. Irene Chrysovalantou Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Sunnyside: Greenpoint Avenue, Bliss Street, Skillman Avenue, 44th Street, Sunnyside Park Jackson Heights: Roosevelt Avenue, Corona: Lemon Ice King of Corona , Flushing: Queens Museum of Art, Citi Field, Flushing’s Main Street business district, Queens Museum of Art (New York Panorama).
Ride the #7 train, a/k/a the “International Express”, to the most diversified, mélange of new-immigrant, ethnic communities in New York.
Astoria which had been predominantly Italian in the 20th century has welcomed Greek, Puerto Rican, Egyptian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Bangladeshis, Serbs, Bosnians, Ecuadorians. In Astoria, we’ll visit the exquisite St. Irene Chrysovalantou Greek Orthodox Cathedral, home of the famous weeping icon.
The Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is a New York, authentic beer garden, established ca. 1910.
The Museum of the Moving Image is a unique museum focused on film, television and other digital media.
Sunnyside is an ethnic mosaic of New York City in miniature composed of Colombian, Ecuadorian, Romanian, Korean, Chinese, Irish and Indian residents.
Sunnyside Gardens is a planned, garden community. It was inspired by Ebenezer Howard and Sir Raymond Unwin’s English garden city movement. It was designed in 1924 by Henry Wright, Clarence Stein and Frederick Ackerman and Lewis Mumford, urban planner. Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the founders of its City Housing Corporation. It is an early example of a planned community geared toward working class residents. Included in the development is a 3.5 acre, private park. Celebrities who have resided in Sunnyside Gardens have included Perry Como, Judy Holliday, James Caan, Rudy Vallee, Justine Micelli and Nancy Walker. We’ll start by Sunnyside arch, wander down these unique residential streets and also window shop along Skillman and Greenpoint Avenues, the main, shopping thoroughfares.
Jackson Heights: Jackson Heights is home to Indians, Peruvians, Ecuadorians, Colombians, Koreans, Afghanis, Filipinos, Mexicans and Pakistanis. We will stroll down Roosevelt Avenue between 74th Street and Junction Boulevard to see the profusion of South American shops and restaurants. A bazaar of Indian goods awaits us along 74th Street between Roosevelt and 37th Avenues, and we will visit the Jackson Heights Historic District – 82nd Street between 35th and 37th Avenues.
Flushing’s Main Street is the commercial hub for Chinese, Indian and Korean New Yorkers and along the way, we will pass the Unisphere, a monument of the 1964, New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadow Park, the world’s largest outdoor globe, The Queens Museum, which offers a unique panorama of New York City, Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, and Arthur Ash Stadium, venue for the U.S. Open.