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Brownstoner Queens columnist and Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman is leading his final walking tour of the season through industrial north Greenpoint tomorrow morning. The three-hour-long tour will wend its way through three miles of Greenpoint and particularly focus on the area around the Kosciuszko Bridge, which will soon be demolished and replaced with a new bridge. The tour meets at Kingsland and Norman avenues in Greenpoint tomorrow at 11 am. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the Obscura Society.

Photo by Mitch Waxman

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Brownstoner Queens columnist and Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman is leading a historical walking tour of Greenpoint and the Newtown Creek watershed tomorrow. Hosted by Atlas Obscura, the tour will explore the neighborhood’s past as an industrial powerhouse. In the next few years, northern Greenpoint will be dramatically changed by two huge developments, Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street, and the tour offers “a chance to see what remains of Greenpoint’s past before the neighborhood changes completely.” The tour is tomorrow, May 17, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Photo by Mitch Waxman

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Learn about the history and architecture of Sunset Park during a walking tour of the neighborhood’s most interesting historic buildings this Saturday. The Sunset Parks Landmarks Committee is leading the tour, which will begin at the landmarked courthouse at 43rd Street and 4th Avenue and conclude in Brooklyn’s Chinatown at 60th Street and 8th Avenue. Guides will explore the nabe’s history, architecture, development, ethnic diversity, and the potential to become a landmarked historic district. The tour will take place Saturday at 10 am. A donation of $10 is suggested. You can register for a spot here.

Photo by Sunset Park Landmarks Committee

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Image Source: City-Data

Known for ethnic diversity and tolerance ever since its days as a Dutch colony in the 17th century, Flushing has become a center of Chinese immigration over the past few decades. More Taiwanese than Cantonese at its core, this bustling Queens hamlet is home to a wide array of authentically Chinese restaurants, businesses and cultural groups. Plus, rezoning, land availability and immigrant initiative have brought unique real estate developments, including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops and the largest Asian-influenced mall in NYC. On March 3, Jack Eichenbaum, the official historian of Queens, will lead a walking tour of the neighborhood. Eichenbaum, who has a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of Michigan, loves to discuss history, urban affairs and food. As such, he will organize a pre-walk dim sum group at a local Chinese restaurant, if there is interest.

Meet Near Restrooms on Second Floor of New World Mall
136-20 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
Sunday, March 3
11am – 1pm | $15/$10 for One Flushing participants
Image Source: Jack Eichenbaum

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Image source: hanna_horwarth on Flickr

Halloween is almost upon us! And since it falls mid-week (Wednesday, srsly?), most of the partying will be happening this weekend. There’s plenty to do here in Queens – parties, costume competitions, dog parades, walking tours, scary movies, zombies, and more. Here is our list of events for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Halloween. Click through each event for more information. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Dead or Alive: Halloween at NYSCI – Pumpkin Chucking – Watch as pumpkins are thrown hundreds of feet in the air by our 19-foot-tall catapult.

New York Hall of Science, Flushing, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 3:30pm – 5:00pm | FREE!

Halloween Spirits Tasting  – Indulge your inner mad scientist/ mixologist and come by to kick off your Halloween weekend with some of our coolest new artisinal spirits at a free spirits tasting.

Astoria Park Wine & Spirits, Astoria, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:00pm – 8:30pm | FREE!

Haunted Lantern Tours – Every Halloween, a haunted shipwreck brings ghosts and ghouls to the historic Battery. The Urban Park Rangers will be leading the way through this fright fest. Bring your flashlight, but leave your fear at home.

Fort Totten Park, Bayside, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm | FREE!