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Long Island City never ceases to amaze. As its name suggests, it was formed as a city in 1870 before incorporating into the Big Apple 18 years later. For much of the early 1900s, the Western Queens neighborhood was a commercial hub with bakeries, factories and a Pepsi bottling plant. Fast-forward 100 years, and LIC is one of the city’s hottest real estate markets with high-rise luxury residential complexes competing for East River views. Mitch Waxman never ceases to amaze, either. The Newtown Creek Alliance historian can discuss everything from LIC’s derelict smokestacks to its great coffee shops. Waxman, who blogs at The Newtown Pentacle, will lead a two-hour tour of LIC’s Modern Corridor this Saturday. He will discuss the area’s industrial past, modern luxuries and extensive rail system and share the sordid story of its last and most infamous mayor, “Battle Ax” Gleason. Details: Modern Corridor Walking Tour, meet at Albert E. Short Triangle Park, corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street, LIC, July 13, 10 am, $20.

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Next stop…80 years ago. At five times today and again next Sunday, December 23 and 30, vintage subway cars from 1930s and 1940s will pull into Queens Plaza and Court Sq.-23rd St. in Long Island City and rattle riders of the F and M lines to Manhattan. As QNYC wrote on December 5, part of the fun will be watching unknowing passengers’ faces as they see these relics — some made when Herbert Hoover was president. In addition to the classic doors, lights, seats, straps and poles, the cars will be adorned with advertisements for Rockaways Playland, Crisco and other favorites of the day.

Catch A Vintage Subway
Sundays, December 23 and December 30
Queens Plaza and Court Sq.-23rd St. Stations, Long Island City
10:44 am, 12:14 pm, 1:43 pm, 3:14 pm and 4:44 pm | $2.25 (MetroCard accepted)