Civic-minded folks will lead hundreds of walking tours this weekend; here are some of the best
As part of the ongoing celebration of Jane Jacobs's 100th birthday, the Municipal Art Society will hold its annual Jane's Walk series, which finds civic-minded folks leading hundreds of walking tours around the five boroughs. The tours last all weekend, and these are just some of the new ones taking place, courtesy of MAS.
Take a walk along the Croton Aqueduct, on 135th Street to 119th Street, and learn all about its history and the current efforts being put forth to transform it into an exciting community asset. The two hour walk will be led by Andrew Burdick, Meisha Hunter Burkett, and Rebecca Hill. Capacity is limited to 20 people.
WNYC reporters Brooke Gladstone and Jim O'Grady will act out some of the epic arguments between Jane Jacobs and her adversary, Robert Moses, on this tour through Brooklyn. Naturally, O'Grady will play the part of Jacobs, while Gladstone will embody the Power Broker himself.
Walk through the developing South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven-Port Morris and see the cause of commotion as you observe the unprecedented amount of residential towers being developed in an impoverished and environmentally unhealthy area.
Embark on a winding tour through Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO and get an exclusive look at the stores and warehouses that have helped to reshape the neighborhood’s waterfront. The tour begins at Pier 1 and is being led by architect and founder of Studio V Architecture, Jay Valgora.
Jane's Walk 2016 [MAS]
Celebrating Jane Jacobs [Curbed]