Jane’s Walk NYC 2020

Celebrating Jane Jacobs and New York City

Please note—In response to concerns about coronavirus, the Municipal Art Society will be reimagining Jane’s Walk 2020. We are exploring ways to channel the enthusiasm and optimism of the festival in ways that allow New Yorkers to celebrate urban life and social connection without physically taking to the streets. We will be be announcing more details in the weeks to come. 

What is Jane’s Walk?

This annual event held the first weekend in May is traditionally celebrated as a global festival of free, volunteer-led walking tours inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. During Jane’s Walk weekend, the simple act of exploring the city is enhanced with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. Jane’s Walk encourages people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and connect with visitors and neighbors alike.

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    Jane's Walk 2019, Crow Hill to Crown Heights, Black History in Central Brooklyn, Photo Credit: Tara Kelly for MAS.
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    Jane's Walk 2019, Naval Cemetery Landscape, Photo Credit: Vladimir Weinstein for MAS.
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    Jane's Walk 2019, Street Art, Photo Credit: Vladimir Weinstein for MAS.
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    Jane's Walk 2019, Domino Refinery, Photo Credit: Vladimir Weinstein for MAS.
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  • Manhattan skyline at dusk
    Jane's Walk 2019, Brooklyn Twilight, Photo Credit: Samantha Nandez for MAS.
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    Jefferson Market Library 2018 Jane's Walk. Photo: Jack Intrator.
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  • Jane's Walk group poses outside the bar, Julius
    2018 Gay Bars that are Gone Jane's Walk group photo. Photo: Ianna Angelo.
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    Jane's Walk 2019, Jane's Dog Walk, Photo Credit: Samantha Nandez for MAS.
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    Jane's Walk 2018: A Wild Edible Walking Tour - East River to the Lower East Side. Photo: JoAnn Fynke. Modifications: photo cropped.
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Want to Learn More?

Walk themes and formats run the gamut, from history of activism in the South Bronx to an exploration of local cuisine in Flushing, Queens. Each walk provides a unique snapshot of New York City and the opportunity to celebrate its vibrant past, present, and future.

You can view the full roster of 2019 and 2018 NYC Jane’s Walks at the links below, demonstrating the diversity of topics and locations.
Jane’s Walk NYC 2019
Jane’s Walk NYC 2018


MAS is proud to be the local organizer of Jane’s Walk NYC, the biggest Jane’s Walk festival anywhere in the world. What started with a handful of walks in 2011 has since grown into a three-day celebration featuring hundreds of walks across the five boroughs.


Jane Jacobs was a famous urban activist and writer who lived from 1916-2006. She is best known for galvanizing New Yorkers to stop Robert Moses’ plans for an expressway through the West Village. She believed in the power of individuals to influence their city. Today, her principles are represented in participatory planning approaches that have been embraced in communities around the world. Click here for an illustrated guide of Jane Jacobs’ major ideas.



The Jane’s Walk NYC team is here to help. Contact us at janeswalknyc@mas.org.


About NYSCA: Jane’s Walk NYC is paid for in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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