Jane’s Walk NYC

A crowd of people crosses East Fifth Street in Manhattan on a Jane's Walk

A crowd of people crosses East Fifth Street in Manhattan on a Jane’s Walk. Photo: Giles Ashford.

Jane’s Walk NYC 2017!

Join The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) May 5th-7th for Jane’ Walk 2017! For one weekend hundreds of New Yorkers will share their expertise and enthusiasm for their city by leading free walking tours.

Walks run the gamut, from a preview of the recently opened Hills on Governors Island, to a history of activism in the South Bronx, each providing a unique snapshot of New York City and opportunity to celebrate its vibrant, past, present, and future.

For a listing of 2017 walks, visit the Jane’s Walk international website.

Lead a Walk!

Interested in leading a walk? Submit your walk by April 7!

These “walking conversations,” led by urban enthusiasts and local experts combine the simple act of exploring the five boroughs with local history, community building, and civic activism to honor the legacy of Jane Jacobs.

Here are the next steps for walk leaders:

  • Let us know you’re in: Complete this brief form to let us know that you are planning to lead a walk.
  • Submit your walk: Once you’ve planned your walk, submit it to the Jane’s Walk international website. Deadline to be included in MAS promotions is April 7
  • Attend a training tour: Learn the tricks of the tour trade from seasoned MAS docents as you prepare for your walk. Stay tuned for registration information.

About Jane’s Walk

Celebrated in over 200 cities worldwide, Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of walking tours that honors the legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. Hosted by MAS since 2011, Jane’s Walk NYC brings together thousands of New Yorkers for the largest festival in the world.

During the age of top-down master planning, Jane Jacobs turned conventional wisdom on its head and is famous for having galvanized the West Village to resist a planned expressway that promised to destroy the community. Jane believed in the power of individuals to influence their future city. Today, her principles represent the participatory planning approaches that have been embraced in cities around the world.