#JanesWalkNYC: The Making of a New Garden City Community

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#JanesWalkNYC: The Making of a New Garden City Community
Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meet at the Diversity Plaza (37th Road between 73rd and 74th Streets). Look for a black and white umbrella!

Each year, in the spirit of the great urban activist Jane Jacobs, the Municipal Art Society hosts 100+ free guided walks that celebrate New York City’s diverse neighborhoods. Hibridos Collective will take you through their neighborhood where they have been working with residents to activate public spaces.

Jackson Heights is a vibrant historical neighborhood with roots in the Garden City movement, ironically it has very limited public green space. Before becoming the diverse, landmark, immigrant neighborhood it is today, Jackson Heights was a landscape of farms and fields. Come take a stroll through the neighborhood and learn about community efforts to create new public spaces, including two pedestrian plazas, a beehive project, a community composting site, a dog park and the initiative to preserve an abandoned cemetery. You will not find any tombstones; however, this is the family burial ground for the Leverich family, one of the founding families of Jackson Heights.

Sneak Preview: Jackson Heights DiverCity Map

Hibridos Collective will share copies of a community mapping project involving residents as mapmakers who explored the neighborhood to create an asset and resource map.

Learn more about the route we will be taking through the neighborhood on the MAS website.

MAS Website - Janes Walk Map

Here is a photo essay of the tour. Thanks to our photographers Rodrigo Salazar and Izzy Cohan.



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