Jane’s Walk NYC

Celebrating Jane Jacobs and New York City

Join us May 3-5 for Jane’s Walk 2019! This annual event held the first weekend in May is a global festival of free, volunteer-led walking conversations 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 Monday, April 1, 2019.

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

Submit a Walk

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  • For the first time, MAS is offering FREE shirts for Jane’s Walk 2019 leaders. Submit your walk by March 20 to be guaranteed a t-shirt in your size, and submit by the April 1 deadline to be guaranteed a shirt. 
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Looking for Inspiration?

Walk themes and formats run the gamut, from the 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.

Click here to see some sample walks from previous years. You can also see the full roster of 2018 NYC walks, demonstrating the diversity of topics and locations, by clicking here!

About Jane’s Walk NYC

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.

About Jane Jacobs

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.

Training Opportunities for Jane’s Walk Leaders

From information sessions, to on-the-ground instruction, MAS has you covered. In addition to our Walk Leader Training Guide, below are scheduled opportunities to strengthen your preparedness for planning and leading a walk:

Jane’s Walk Kick-off and Information Session, in Partnership with New York Public Library (NYPL)
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Jefferson Market Library (425 6th Avenue)
Join MAS and NYPL at Jefferson Market Library for more information about Jane’s Walk. Gain useful tips and insights for researching and planning a walk, hear stories directly from Jane’s Walk leaders, and access curated resources to expand your knowledge. Light refreshments will be served. Laptop, iPad, or iPhone required. MAS is able to provide a limited number on first come, first serve basis. RSVP here.

Jane’s Walk Training Tours
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6-7:30pm
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6-7:30pm
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 MAS Director of Tours, Ted Mineau, for a walk along the 34th Street corridor. Attendees will leave with valuable insight on leading a walk, in addition to a deeper understanding of the history of 34th Street. RSVP for Thursday, March 14 here, and for Thursday, April 11 here. Space is limited.
NOTE: Meeting location to be provided upon registration.

Jane’s Walk Urban Archive Workshop
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
MAS Office (488 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor)

Urban Archive is a location-based mobile iOS app that empowers New Yorkers to learn about history where it happened. Join MAS for a special workshop with Urban Archive to learn how to use the tool as a resource in researching, planning, and leading your walk. Laptop, iPad, or iPhone required. MAS is able to provide a limited number on first come, first serve basis. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP here.


Funding Partners
  • Swig Equities
  • New York State Council on the Arts logo
 Organizational and Community Partners
  • Urban Archive Logo
  • NYPL logo
  • The Trust for Public Land Logo
  • Brooklyn Historical Society Logo



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