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Jack Eichenbaum grew up in Bayside in the 1950s. He left for academic and vocational reasons in 1963, and when he returned from completing his doctorate in urban geography in 1976, he found a completely different borough. The mostly white, working class neighborhoods of his youth had transformed into multi-ethnic enclaves, creating the world’s most diverse county. Fascinated, he started giving walking tours of his beloved hometown in the 1980s, and in 2010, Eichenbaum was designated the official historian of Queens, as per the borough president’s office. The former city assessor has five upcoming tours, which are famous for the amount of local trivia he shares and the great restaurants he hits afterwards with participants. For more information, please see below.

  • Willets Point, Sunday, May 25th, 4 pm: East of Citi Field is a sewerless, hardscrabble area of auto junkyards and related businesses that has twice beaten back recent attempts at redevelopment. But since it’s located between the world famous baseball stadium and booming Flushing, public and private interests are again trying to transform Willets Point. Eichenbaum will walk from central Flushing to the area, while discussing political, economic and ecological issues and explaining why “Willets Point” is a misnomer. $20.
  • The World of the 7 Train, Saturday, May 31st, 10 am: Eichenbaum calls this full-day program his “signature tour,” although it’s actually a series of six walks (Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona and Flushing) and connecting rides. He focuses on the 7 train’s influence on surrounding neighborhoods. Lunch is in Flushing. Pre-register via jaconet@aol.com.
  • On and Off Jamaica Avenue, Sunday, June 8th, 10 am: After decades of dedication, redesign, and redevelopment, Downtown Jamaica is undergoing a renaissance as the borough’s major transportation center. Eichenbaum promises historic buildings, commercial activity, culture, and a surprise ending. $20.
  • Crossing Newtown Creek: Contrasting Industrial Brooklyn & Queens, Sunday, July 27th, 10 am: See remnants of the intense and largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late 19th century. See elegant Greenpoint highlights and East River shoreline redevelopment ending with shoreline views from Gantry Park and Hunter’s Point.
  • More Space and New Arrangements in Western Queens, Sunday, August 3rd, 10 am: During the first third of the 20th century, Western Queens nurtured developments where traditional open space/building area relationships were altered to create new urban architecture. Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights Historic District anchor this tour, which includes Phipps Garden Apartments, various Matthews Flats, the Metropolitan Life houses, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings.

Photo: Alex Engel

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Here is a roundup of properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week – two condos and two co-ops in LIC, Beechhurst, and Bayside.

5-43 48th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 (GMAP) – This 2 bed/2 bath condo in Long Island City is priced at $899,000. It has hardwood floors and lots of big windows. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and lots of counter space. It’s located a block and a half from the Vernon-Jackson 7 stop and is also not far from the E/M stop as well. It’s next to Hunters Point Park and short walk from beautiful Gantry Park, too.

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Here is a roundup of properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week – three co-ops and a condo in Flushing, LIC, Elmhurst, and Bayside.

36-34 172nd St, Flushing, NY 11358 (GMAP) – This 1 bed/1 bath co-op in the Auburndale section of Flushing is priced at $115,000. It is located on the upper level and has a low maintenance fee. The kitchen has a new stove and there is a dishwasher. It’s about a half mile from the Auburndale LIRR station (Port Washington line), and convenient to the Clearview Expressway. It’s also a little under a mile to beautiful Bowne Park. It’s a very leafy area.