Saturday March 30, 2019 at 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Meet on the corner of Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street, Sunnyside, Queens.
Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman details Sunnyside Yard's history, current uses, and discusses Mayor de Blasio's controversial plans to deck over the rail yards.
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Skillman Avenue begins in residential Sunnyside and ends in Long Island City, forming the southern border of the Sunnyside Yards for much of its path. Once known as Meadow Street, this colonial era thoroughfare transitions from the bucolic community of Sunnyside to the post industrial devastations of LIC and the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek. Along the way, the massive 200 acre Sunnyside rail yard and the skyline of Manhattan will provide a stunning backdrop as Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman details its history, current uses, and discusses Mayor De Blasio's controversial plans to deck over the rail yards.
We will be ending the walk in Long Island City. Bring your camera, as the tour will be revealing an incredible hidden landscape along this hidden byway. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and for weather. Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk. We will be ending in LIC, nearby several mass transit hubs.