New Yorkers Take Their Eyes To The Street For the
7th Annual Jane’s Walk
May 3 & 4
Municipal Art Society Hosts 7th Annual “Jane’s Walk” –
Free NYC Walking and Bike Tours in Every Borough
An Annual Tribute to Urban Activist Jane Jacobs
(New York City, April 15, 2014) – On May 3rd and 4th, thousands of New Yorkers will walk the city’s streets in honor of urban activist and beloved author, Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walk NYC, hosted by the Municipal Art Society (MAS), is an annual weekend-long series of 150+ free “walking conversations” throughout the five boroughs, led by local residents, urban enthusiasts and others who care deeply about their neighborhoods.
Started in Toronto in 2007, a year after Jacobs’ death, these walks commemorate the life and legacy of a woman whose observations about the dynamism of city life continue to inform urban policy and practice. Since its inception, Jane’s Walk has grown into a global movement, with walks in over 100 cities worldwide.
This year’s Jane’s Walk NYC will include an array of walks, culminating on Sunday evening, May 4th with Jane’s Birthday Party, when walk leaders, volunteers, participants, and members of the public are invited to come together at Hester Street Fair to share stories and celebrate the weekend on what would have been Jane’s 98th birthday.
Featured NYC walks for May 3rd and May 4th include:
- May 3: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Preview Tour of Pier 2 and Pier 4 Beach
- May 3: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
- May 3: Gowanus Mural Tour Brooklyn
- May 3: Freewheelin’ Through Dylan’s Greenwich Village
- May 3: Explore America’s First Planned Garden & Cooperative Apartment
- May 3: The History of the Lower East Side: Immigration, Religion and Culture
- May 4: East Meets West: Mansions, Co-ops, and the New Uptown Aristocracy
- May 3: Walking Tour with Sam Goodman
- May 3: The Pedestrian Borough: Livable Streets in South Brooklyn
- May 3: Bronx’s Musical Legacy
- May 3: Misdirection on the Hudson: Wall Street, Climate Change, and the Transformation of Staten Island
- May 3: City as Living Laboratory – Broadway & 23rd (Madison Square Park and the Flatiron District)
- May 4: Restoration in an Urban Neighborhood, Alley Pond Park, Queens
- May 4: Four Queens Neighborhoods
- May 4: A Stroll Through Roosevelt Island History in Manhattan
- May 4: Talkin’ about TriBeCa
- May 4: The Secrets of Death Avenue
- May 4: Rethinking the Waterfront from Red Hook
“We are proud to honor the spirit and accomplishments of the great Jane Jacobs through Jane’s Walk,” said MAS Executive Director Margaret Newman. “Jane strongly believed in community-centered approaches to strengthening neighborhoods, which is precisely why Jane’s Walks are led by local people – the folks who know their communities best. The Walks are also a great opportunity for people to connect with their neighbors, other New Yorkers, local businesses and visitors to the city.”
All of the MAS-sponsored walks combine the simple act of exploring neighborhoods with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement, reflecting Jacobs’ urging that a city’s health is dependent on having many “eyes on the street.” A typical walk is 90 minutes and is free and open to the public.
Jane’s Walk NYC is supported by: Airbnb, Cemusa, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Knight Foundation, TimeOut New York and WNYC.
For detailed information about Jane’s Walk and a full list of events, please visit: http://mas.org/janeswalknyc