MAy 2019

Queer History of the Village

 

Tour Guide
Jay Toole

Start Location
Washington Square Park

End Location
Christopher St & West St

Duration
3 hours

Distance
2 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

 

 

Journey back to the queer '60s with someone who experienced it all first hand. Writer, storyteller and queer legend Jay Toole leads folks on a walking tour of the West Village, sharing personal stories and stopping at important places and historical moments along the way. Learn more about the neighborhood through stories about historic lesbian bars, the Women’s House of D (Detention), homelessness in Washington Square park, the mafia's connection to local gay bars and much more.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to The Audre Lorde Project.

Sites Covered
Washington Square
“House of D”
Stonewall Inn
8th Street
Christopher Street
West Side Piers

Themes Covered
Prison
Homelessness
Queer Bars & Queer Bar History
Police Harassment
The Three-Piece Rule

 

 
 

May 2019

Women’s History of the Village

 

Tour Guide
Lucy Piccochi

Start Location
Broadway & Bleecker St

End Location
6th Ave & 9th St

Duration
2 hours

Distance
1.5 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

 

Even before Greenwich Village became known as the center of American Bohemianism, extraordinary women have been making their mark here with art, activism and unconventional living. During its pre-WWI heyday the Village was a magnet for feminists, and it continued to be home to women artists and entrepreneurs throughout the 20th century while also cultivating a thriving lesbian and trans community. This tour explores sites associated with some of the many fascinating women in the neighborhood, some of whom have been largely forgotten but no less played a vital role in creating the legacy of feminism we continue today.

10% of ticket sales will be donated tO THE New York Abortion Access Fund.

Sites Covered
Notable Residences
Pfaff's Beer Cellar
Nat. Academy of Design
Triangle Factory
Washington Square
The Original Whitney
Provincetown Playhouse
Liberal/Heterodoxy Clubs
Eve Addams Tea Room
Golden Swan
Cafe Society
Romany Marie's
Women's House of Detention

Themes Covered
Free Love
Queer Culture & Struggle
Birth Control
Women's Suffrage
Anti-Racism
Salons & Debate Clubs
Arts and Journalism
Union Organizing
Settlement Houses
Bars & Restaurants

 

 
 

May 2019

Protests & Riots in the East & West Village

 

Tour Guide
Lucy Piccochi

Start Location
Golden Swan Garden

End Location
Thompkins Square Park

Duration
2 hours

Distance
2 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

 

From Greenwich Village to Alphabet City, we’ll visit the locations of some of the many protests, strikes, and riots that have rocked New York City. Looking at their causes, tactics, immediate aftermath, and long-term effectiveness, we’ll consider how publicly disrupting the civil order had succeeded or failed to achieve desired political ends, and what the broader consequences on the city’s racial and economic dynamics have been.

10% of ticket sales will be donated tO Unicorn Riot.

Sites Covered
Little Africa
Washington Square
NYU
Astor Place
Cooper Union
Tompkins Square

Themes Covered
Racism
Labor Movement
Class Conflict
Anti-War Movement
Gentrification
Police Violence
Use of Public Space

 

 
 

May 2019

Environmental Justice in Gowanus

 

Tour Guide
Michael Higgins Jr.

Start Location
Union St & 4th Ave

End Location
Whole Foods Market (3rd Ave & 3rd St)

Duration
1.5 hours

Distance
1 mile

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

 

Gowanus is an intensely contaminated community that is simultaneously undergoing multiple processes of environmental remediation and gentrification. The tour will explore these dynamics and the challenges and opportunities posed by the Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean Up, the rapid disappearance of commercial establishments and services that are affordable to low and moderate-income households and the recently announced housing authority plan to build market-rate apartments at Wyckoff Gardens. You will also learn about the Turning the Tide initiative, a multi-neighborhood effort that focuses on building social and environmental resiliency in five Brooklyn public housing developments in the face of climate change.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to FUREE.

Sites Covered
Union Street Bridge
Gowanus Houses NYCHA development
Gowanus CSO Pumping Station
Thomas Greene Park
Lightstone Waterfront Park
Whole Foods Market Waterfront

 

 
 

May 2019

Gentrification in Downtown Brooklyn

 

Tour Guide
Michael Higgins Jr.

Start Location
Jay St & Myrtle Ave

End Location
Barclays Center

Duration
2 hours

Distance
1.5 miles

Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible

Language
English

 

This tour will highlight the development that has recreated downtown Brooklyn as a result of the Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning of 2004. We will also go into political conversations around the use of the 421a subsidy to build new affordable housing and the use of eminent domain at Atlantic Yards in the construction of the Barclays Center.

10% of ticket sales will be donated to FUREE.

Sites Covered
MetroTech Promenade
227 Abolitionist Place (Underground Railroad stop)
Myrtle Avalon Plaza
The Giovanni (formerly Associated Site)
City Point (formerly Albee Square Mall)
BAM Cultural District
Barclays Center & Atlantic Yards