Explore the Neighborhood on Jane’s Walks
Two Jane’s Walk events will be taking place in the area this year. Jane’s Walk, which celebrates the enduring legacy of urban activist and intellectual Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their community and engaging with one another, will take place on May 3 and 4.
On Saturday, May 3, the Beach 116th Street Partnership is holding a Jane’s Walk that will focus on Rockaway Park. All are invited to meet at Cuisine by Claudette at 143 Beach 116th Street at 11 a.m. to partake in a tour lead by Vivian Carter, who recently had her photos published in “Images of America: Rockaway Beach.” The event will also include architects from Cooper Robertson and Partners who will talk about their Rebuild By Design proposals to link the past, present and future on the tour.
Following the meeting at Beach 116th Street, the tour will head west and will visit the historic yacht club, the Beach 133rd Street site of mayoral inauguration, Dr. Werner’s historic clinic on 123rd Street and there will be a discussion on post-Sandy reconstruction such as the newly elevated homes on Beach 130th Street.
Down further east, the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will hold a Jane’s Walk starting at Firehouse 59 located at Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. This walk will take place between 12 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. This tour will be guided by local resident Renae Diggs, who is also an Urban Design student, an Urban Practitioner and an intern for RWA.
The tour will leave from the firehouse and will continue to the bay side of the peninsula, where there will be a hike through the Edgemere Landfill, followed by a visit to the Arverne East Development site and a walk on the boardwalk.