Since Adrien Block, who 400 years ago rounded Astoria Point to see sunshine dancing on the water an exclaimed ‘Hell Gat!’ in Dutch (which means ‘Bright Water!’) people once loved the community of “Old Astoria Village.”
No place in NYC has such as strong sense of the past, where a 17th century farm’s gardens and orchards are outlined by streets older than Wall Street – and roads were first blazed by Native Americans. Building range from early 19th century to present (some buildings date to the 18th century)!
Here was the Astoria Ferry, Manhattan’s first gateway to Queens, and a place where mansion-lined shores foretold Newport, Rhode Island a generation later.
Although a room from a former mansion was salvaged for the American Wing in the Metropolitan Museum, the community is being systematically destroyed by development.
Tour Guide Bob Singleton will be holding a sign and wearing a NY Baseball cap at Astoria Park So and Shore Boulevard.
At the end of the walk through the Welling Court Art Project. Tour ends at Soctrates Park.
Bus Q104 will take you to the elevated train station at Broadway.
Held annually in over 180 cities across the globe during the first weekend of May, Jane’s Walk is an international movement that honors the late legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs.
These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.