Six to Celebrate Tours – Spring 2018

STC Tours – Spring 2018 –Elmhurst, Queens; Coney Island;, Brooklyn;Lower West Side, Manhattan



RAIN DATE- Saturday, JUNE 2, 12:00PM                         Elmhurst, Queens

Discover Elmhurst’s beginnings as an English settlement called Middleburgh (366 years ago), its ties to the American Revolution, its transformation into the town of Newtown, the multi-cultural community it is today and everything in between! In addition to sites of historic interest, this tour will focus on the neighborhood’s many beloved churches, with a few stops to peek inside. The tour will be led by lifelong Elmhurst residents and members of the newly-formed nonprofit organization Elmhurst History & Cemeteries Preservation Society.




Saturday, June 2, 2:00PM                             Prospect Heights Apartment House District, Brooklyn

Constructed on a lost fragment of the original footprint of Prospect Park is a concentration of 82 apartment buildings dating from 1909-1929. This development, boasting a cohesive design vocabulary and scale, was intended to attract high quality construction to complement the nearby Park, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Public Library. The buildings remain exemplary for their architectural integrity and as housing stock for a diverse population. Join Francis Morrone on a tour of this unique corner of southeast Prospect Heights, as well as local advocates who are working to garner support and submit a proposal for historic district status from the Landmarks Preservation Commission.



Sunday, June 10, 1:00PM                              Coney Island, Brooklyn

This tour covers the political, technological and cultural history of Coney Island’s iconic and soon-to-be-landmarked Riegelmann Boardwalk. The opening of the Boardwalk in 1923 capped the city’s long battle to transfer Coney’s shoreline from private ownership to public asset, free for all to enjoy. Once lined with miles of bathhouses, swimming pools and bungalow colonies that have since disappeared, the Boardwalk remains more popular than ever. Today it is a survivor of decades of neglect, fires and recent plans to replace the wooden surface with concrete. Join Charles Denson of the Coney Island History Project for a tour that will take in the beautifully restored Childs Restaurant Building, Parachute Jump, Wonder Wheel and New York Aquarium’s newest attraction, the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! building.




Saturday, June 16, 11:00AM                        Lower West Side: Downtown Manhattan’s Lost Neighborhood

From the World Trade Center to the Battery west of Broadway, from the 1840s to the 1960s, existed a vibrant immigrant neighborhood.  First Irish and German, then Middle Eastern (and known as “Little Syria”), by the First World War it was predominantly Slavic. In fact, in 1917, 27 nationalities were counted in this small area. Join Joe Svehlak of the Friends of the Lower West Side to hear the stories of those immigrant groups and the present-day struggle to preserve their history. Major redevelopment in the mid-20th century nearly wiped the neighborhood off the map, but this tour will explore what’s left of this once-thriving, diverse community, including a former Syrian church, the Downtown Community House, and a few remaining tenements and Federal style townhouses.


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