Long Island City
Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00PM:
Join us for a tour of the ever-changing Queens Plaza in Long Island City, where 350 years of history exhibit New York City’s cutting-edge spirit. From the Dutch Kills Green millstones to Sunnyside Yards, from loft buildings to new towers and tech industry, the area is both dynamic and connected to its past. Queens Plaza opened in 1909 to accommodate the connection of the Queensboro Bridge to Queens, and once served as the borough’s transportation hub and financial and business center. While major redevelopment plans are underway in Queens Plaza, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has just designated its most beloved architectural jewel, the former Bank of Manhattan Building, affectionately known as the “Clock Tower,” as the city’s newest Individual Landmark. Historian and Greater Astoria Historical Society trustee Richard Melnick will lead us on a walk around Queens Plaza to learn about its history and plans for its future.