81-10 35th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY
Ok. So I know this isn’t a hike, but it will involve a lot of walking through nature. Jackson Heights is in Queens and holds the second largest LGBT community in New York City (Chelsea is number one). Many people don’t know that Jackson Heights was originally built as a garden community. The neighborhood contains many private gardens open only to coop residents and once a year they open to the public. A little history is below shamelessly borrowed from Wikipedia:
Jackson Heights is believed to be the first garden city community built in the United States, as part of the international garden city movement at the turn of the 20th century. There are many private parks (historically called "gardens" by the residents) within walking distance of each other. They are tucked in the mid-blocks, mostly hidden from view by the buildings surrounding them. Unless given an invitation, entry is restricted to those who own a co-op around its perimeter.
The Jackson Heights Historic District is a national historic district that includes 2,203 contributing buildings, 19 contributing sites, and three contributing objects. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
Some of the older gardens are more formal and planned. Some of the newer buildings have been more innovative in a small space or patch of land.
We will meet at the Community Church,[masked]th Avenue in Jackson Heights at Noon. Those in the city can take the E or F to the Roosevelt Ave. stop in Queens. I need to purchase the tickets in advance, so I am asking for that fee when you RSVP. Note that the tour will take place rain or shine and if you back out after I have purchased the tickets I won’t be able to give you a refund. I will purchase the tickets on Monday, June 2. You are welcome to come after I have purchase the tickets but you will need to get your own.
A few links:
The Garden Tour: http://www.jhbg.org/2014/03/09/jackson-heights-historic-weekend
Jackson Heights Beautification Group: http://www.jhbg.org/
After the tour we will find a place to eat in the neighborhood.
Refunds offered if:
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.