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Jane’s Walk NYC 2012: A Great Success!

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More than 2,500 New Yorkers (and visitors!) took to the streets last weekend for Jane’s Walk NYC. Coordinated by MAS, working with over two dozen partner organizations, Jane’s Walk NYC is a weekend of free, hosted walks, and bike rides in all five boroughs led by local residents, urban enthusiasts and those who care deeply about their neighborhoods and city.

Started in Toronto in 2007, Jane’s Walk is an international program created to commemorate the life and legacy of beloved urbanist Jane Jacobs.  This year it grew to include 600 walks in 85 cities and 19 countries!

From Inwood to Tottenville to Red Hook, there were 70 New York City walks this year, including a 13-mile walk down the entire length of Broadway hosted by artist Mary Miss and The Center as Living Laboratory. The half marathon walk began with 30 people on 238th Street in the Bronx, and by the time the walk reached the base of Manhattan twelve hours later, nearly 200 people had participated in at least one leg of the journey.

Jane’s Walk NYC is a great opportunity for people to connect with their neighbors and New Yorkers from across the city, while exploring their surroundings with fresh eyes and building urban literacy. Jane’s Walks are one-of-a-kind, reflecting the special interests of the hosts and whoever comes along to join them: full of surprises and new discoveries, and chances to observe together the unique aspects of different parts of the city.

You can see highlights from many of the Jane’s Walks in the slideshow below. Also, check out what the New York Times and DNAinfo had to say about this year’s Jane’s Walk NYC.

Thanks to all the walkers who took their eyes to the street, and participated in Jane’s Walk NYC.  We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did; as one Jane’s walker wrote, “The whole tour made me fall in love with this remarkable city all over again.”

And a major thank you to the local activists, historians, business owners, neighbors, writers, artists and more than 30 organizations who worked with us to make Jane’s Walk NYC 2012 possible, including: Time Out New York, Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association, Big Apple Greeters, Broadway Green Alliance, Brownsville Partnership, Center for Living Laboratory, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Chinatown Partnership, Clinton Hell’s Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety, Coalition for the Improvement of Bed-Stuy, Damsels in Design, DMAC, Energy Connections, Friends of Harlem River Walk and Greenway, Friends of Privately Owned Public Spaces(F-POPS), Friends of the High Line,Grand Army Plaza Coalition, Harlem Hospital Center, Harlem River Park Task Force, Hunter College, IRUBNY, Jackson Heights Green Alliance, Landmark West, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Mailman School of Public Health (Columbia University), Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, NorthEast Brooklyn Housing Development Corp, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Roosevelt House,, Solar One, The T-Cup Cafe, The West Harlem Art Fund, Times Square Alliance,Transportation Alternatives, Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Volunteer Committee, Transportation Alternatives’ Staten Island Volunteer Committee, and Wave Hill.

If you didn’t make it to Jane’s Walk NYC this year, mark your calendar for next year—every year, Jane’s Walk is the weekend following May 4th, Jane Jacobs’ birthday. In the interim, please support MAS’s continued programs and those of our partners listed above, as we work together to make New York one of the world’s most livable and resilient cities, reflecting the ideals of urbanist Jane Jacobs.