Respecting the past, Building the future

Jane’s Walk in Old Astoria, Saturday May 5

Once a year, “Jane’s Walks” take place in cities across the country. Jane’s Walks are free tours/walking conversations inspired by the journalist and urban planning pioneer Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors.

This year, on Saturday May 5, starting at 11am, take advantage of a great opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of our neighborhood and meet your fellow local history buffs. Astoria: A Once and Future Village will be led by Bob Singleton, executive director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.

Astoria Village, whose roads are older than Wall Street, traces a 17th century farm’s gardens and 19th century mansions. The area stands at the cusp of change. The first building is nearing completion from a large development project led by The Durst Organization. At the tour’s end, think about what you have seen and share your ideas with each other on how Astoria Village, Old and New, can enhance each other by working together.

The tour will meet at Astoria Park South & Shore Road (SW corner of the park). Your tour leader will be holding a Municipal Art Society (MAS) sign. The tour will last approximately 2 hours (start 11am) and will end at Whitey Ford Field, 2nd St & 26th Ave. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle.

Register here for the tour. Hope to see you there!

Photo: Jane Jaobs at a press conference, photo credit Library of Congress

Clare Doyle is a graduate of the M.A. program in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies as well as a B.A. in Archaeology and History from University Dublin, Ireland. She has worked for 30 years in library reference publishing in New York. Clare is the Vice President of Green Shores NYC, a non-profit group that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more connected waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City

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