Jane’s Walk NYC 2020

Celebrating Jane Jacobs and New York City

Join us May 1-3 for Jane’s Walk 2020! This annual event held the first weekend in May is 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.

Interested in joining the Jane’s Walk movement? Whether you are an impassioned individual or affiliated with an organization, anyone is welcome to lead a walk. Submit your walk now through Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Looking for additional information? See below to learn more about Jane Jacobs and how you can participate in this year’s festival.

May 1-3


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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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    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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    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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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.


From information sessions, to on-the-ground instruction, MAS has you covered. See the below resources section to help prepare you for leading a walk of your own or RSVP for an upcoming training or informational session!

Jane’s Walk Launch with NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Friday, February 21 at Hamilton Grange Library
This year, we have a special launch event planned with New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and New York Public Library. Join us to connect with past and future Jane’s Walk leaders and learn how to bring Jane’s Walk to your neighborhood. Click here to RSVP.

Learn to Lead a Jane’s Walk: Jane’s Walk Training Tour with NYPL!
Do you have questions about how to manage a crowd of people, when to address questions, and more? Learn tips, tricks, and best practices for your walk by joining Andy McCarthy, Reference Librarian at the Milstein Division of US History, Local History, and Genealogy at NYPL and former NYC tour guide. Attendees will leave with valuable insight on leading a walk, plus a deeper understanding of Bryant Park and NYPL’s resources. Click here to RSVP.

Looking to to experience a training tour on your own time? Check out this audio-based Jane’s Walk Leader Training Tour, accessible on the MAS page in the Urban Archive app under Audio Guide. You can also access the audio by downloading the app on your iPhone and clicking here. It provides walk leader tips and tricks at your fingertips.



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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