Led By Dan Karatzas AND melissa zavala, Director, Jackson Heights Beautification Group
Wear comfortable shoes for a walk around the historic, planned community of Jackson Heights, a Garden in the City. This in-person guided group walk will introduce visitors to the Historic District of a Queens neighborhood only 25 minutes from Manhattan. Led by the neighborhood’s unofficial historian, attendees will learn about the area’s history as a planned community intended to attract those fleeing urban crowding and sanitation challenges in Manhattan in the 1920s, and its evolution to the rich town-like neighborhood it is today. Learn about architectural innovations and community planning, while getting a taste of international cuisine, from everyday snacks to traditional dishes, and more! Bring water and have your camera handy for the many visually stunning features and vibrant life you will see only in Jackson Heights!
This walk is accessible to all. Car drivers will have a difficult time finding parking. The neighborhood is most accessible using public transport. The local train station is handicap accessible, but elevators are slow and crowded. Participants can tour the entire neighborhood, or only parts of it, depending on their interests. This means route distances can vary from 31 city blocks (on a numbered grid which is easy to navigate), to 13 city blocks. The difference in ranges is based on either walking the whole neighborhood or staying at the center of it and visiting only a few of the highlighted sites.
RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.