Jane’s Walk Weekend is Back—and Bigger than Ever

250+ free “walking conversations” throughout the five boroughs

May 5, 2016

On May 6-8, thousands of New Yorkers will walk the city’s streets for the 100th birthday of urban activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walk NYC, hosted by The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), is an annual weekend-long celebration featuring 250+ free “walking conversations” throughout the five boroughs, led by urban enthusiasts and local experts who care deeply about their neighborhoods.

Jane’s Walk Weekend is Back—and Bigger than Ever

All of the MAS-sponsored walks combine the simple act of exploring neighborhoods with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. A typical walk is 90 minutes and is free and open to the public.

The full list of tours is available online at http://janeswalk.org/united-states/new-york-city-ny/, including:

  • Raise a pint to 200 years of brewing history in Bushwick
  • As Lin-Manuel croons, “It’s quiet uptown!” Visit Alexander Hamilton’s home and imagine West 141st Street when it was still a meadow
  • From Tammany Hall to Zuccotti Park, join A People’s History of Wall Street
  • Arepas, bahn mi, and bubble tea by the light of the moon: Tour New York’s foodiest borough at the Queens Night Market
  • Spend the Day with the Roosevelts: Roosevelt House and Four Freedoms Park
  • The Hills are Alive! Get a sneak peek at the newest section of Governor’s Island and catch a glimpse of the New York harbor from 70 feet in the air [*limited capacity]
  • Six new acres are coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2017—come on an exclusive hard hat tour of the Pier 5 uplands
  • Hike through century-old trees in Manhattan’s only surviving primordial forest
  • Grab a map from 1667 and walk the surviving streets of Dutch Nieuw Amsterdam
  • Get an insider’s glimpse at the renovations of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a New York City landmark
  • Join “Jane Jacobs” (WNYC’s Jim O’Grady) and her nemesis “Robert Moses” (WNYC’s Brooke Gladstone) for a walking debate through Park Slope
  • Cigars, cannoli, cappuccino, and more—tour Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, the real Little Ital
  • Meet a few of your NYC neighbors—the northern pipefish, blackfish, and oyster toad fish—on an ecology tour of the Hudson River
  • Walk in the footsteps of Nos Quedamos (“We Stay”), the South Bronx activists who beat back a 1990s urban renewal campaign to raze the neighborhood

Members of the press, contact Meaghan Baron at mbaron@mas.org.

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