Jane Jacobs vs. Robert Moses

Janes Walk


Led By Aaron Schielke, Bowery Boys Walks Tour Guide

This walk tells the story of a series of epic fights over the soul of Downtown Manhattan between two legendary New Yorkers. In one corner is Robert Moses, the heavyweight urban planner and master builder. In the other corner is Jane Jacobs, the writer, urban theorist, activist, and scrappy neighborhood defender.

Our walk will take us through the Central Village and SoHo. We will visit the sites of the major battles over Mosesʼs monumental plans for these neighborhoods. Along the way, weʼll discuss some of the urban design ideas and planning theories of Jacobs and Moses as we follow the rivalry between these two influential figures.

The capacity for this in-person guided group walk is 15 people.

The walk will run 2 hours.

This walk is about 1.5 miles. The route takes you through Greenwich Village then down to SoHo. It starts right near the 1 subway station at Christopher Street, and ends at Vesuvio Playground two blocks from the C & E subway station at Spring Street. There are CitiBike stations near the starting point and ending point. The route follows sidewalks and streets that can be crowded. There is one stop that is up a small flight of stairs to an area that can also be accessed by a ramp.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Friday, May 5, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Jane Jacobs during a press conference at the Lion's Head Restaurant in 1961. Photo: Library of Congress. Modifications: photo cropped.