Tour 3: Twentieth-Century Queens

Friday, January 2, 2015: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Americas Hall I (New York Hilton, Third Floor)

Tour leader: Katie Uva, City University of New York, Graduate Center

Join us as we explore Manhattan’s sprawling, dynamic neighbor to the East! Queens is the physically largest, second most populous, and most diverse borough in New York City. On this walking and bus tour we will learn a bit about what drove Queens’ enormous growth in the twentieth century, and we will learn about how this beneficiary of so much modern urban infrastructure has maintained its identity as a collection of neighborhoods. Why was living in Corona the fulfillment of Louis Armstrong’s American dream? What promise does the borough continue to hold for the 2.3 million people, about half of whom are immigrants, who make their home here? And why was Queens, in 1939 and again in 1964, the center of international conversations about humanity and its future at the two New York World’s Fairs? This tour takes participants on a guided visit to the Louis Armstrong House Museum, a portion of the World’s Fair site at Flushing Meadow Park, and on a guided tour of World’s Fair memorabilia at the Queens Museum.

Please note: This bus tour includes some walking. The historic Louis Armstrong house is not wheelchair accessible.

Limit: 25 people. $25 members, $30 nonmembers

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