Celebrate NYC this weekend with more than 200 FREE guided walking tours in all five boroughs. It’s the annual Jane’s Walk NYC, recognizing the contributions of visionary preservationist and urban planner Jane Jacobs, whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities.
Simply, she helped make New York and other cities around the world more livable.
The free Jane’s Walk NYC tours are Friday through Sunday, guided by knowledgeable docents and volunteers with the Municipal Arts Society, local historians, architects and other experts.
Several walks are led by local librarians, who know their communities better than most.
All the walks combine the simple act of exploring the city with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement.
Now in its eighth year, Jane’s Walk NYC, is the largest in the world.
Since we can’t list all 200+ walks, here are 13 chosen by The Architect’s Newspaper as most interesting strolls for architecture aficionados, from the Orphan Asylum and bird (mural) walks in Manhattan, to mid-century modern in Queens, and terra-cotta in Tottenville.
See all 200+ Jane’s Walk NYC choices on the Municipal Arts Society Jane’s Walk NYC website, and choose by location, time, borough or type of tour.
Sign up where required, since some tours which include tours inside a building are space limited.
Jane’s Walk NYC co-incides with Sacred Sites Open House weekend of FREE concerts and musical demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tour and more, of more than 100 of NYC’s most famous and most beloved religious institutions in all five boroughs, some of which have NYC Landmark designation.
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate soaring architectural beauty or the beauty of soaring liturgical sounds of organ music or choir concerts.
The Firemen’s Monument, is one of the most beautiful architectural elements of Riverside Park. Contemplate the history and significance of this memorial plaza – a combination of public sculpture and landscape architecture. The walk will continue into the adjoining neighborhood, to consider Jane Jacob’s notion that the streetscape facilitates safety. Fire-protection infrastructure and firehouses will be discussed along the way.”
Queens Modern: Mid-Century Architecture of Forest Hills and Rego Park
This walk will look at the development of Forest Hills and Rego Park from the 1930s to 1960s along Queens Boulevard, exploring how these neighborhoods developed and continue to change. Explore the diverse architecture on and off the boulevard, from apartment towers to parks and synagogues to civic buildings. The walk will end at Rego Park Jewish Center (possibly with a visit inside).
The Historic Arts and Crafts Houses of Douglas Manor
This is a walk back through time, to nearby Douglas Manor, a century old residential neighborhood overlooking the Long Island Sound that has the largest collection of Arts and Crafts style houses in New York City, including three by master Gustav Stickley. This tour through a NYC-designated Historic District ends with refreshments and a reception in the garden of a picturesque 1911 gambrel roofed Arts and Crafts style gem. This walk is co-sponsored by the Douglaston Local Development Corporation and the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society.