The Center for the Urban Environment (CUE), now at its new location at 168 Seventh Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, continues its current season with a host of walks throughout the borough and beyond.
Unless otherwise stated, free are $13; $8 for seniors and students. For information, call 718-788-8500 extension 217 or visit www.bcue.org.
· August 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. offers Where Does Harlem Begin? In what is a most remarkable transition from wealth to poverty, the grand apartments on the Upper East Side of Manhattan yield to the tenements and projects of East Harlem in just a few city blocks.
The slope where this transition occurs actually stretches from the Hudson River to the East River and historically, has always marked a change in land use. The walk illustrates the evolving sense of Harlem, the definition of its edges, gentrification and change. Meet at the northeast corner of 86th Street/Lexington Avenue.
· August 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. spotlights The Other Islands of New York — East River & New York Bay. Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller, co-authors of “The Other Islands of New York: A History and Guide,” will be the guides on this Other Islands tour. Hop aboard the New York Water Taxi and tour some the guides’ favorites: Roosevelt Island, Randall’s and Ward’s Island and the Brother Islands.
As a bonus, you’ll be able to view Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls from the water. Meet at Fulton Ferry Landing Dock of New York Water Taxi, at the foot of Old Fulton Street opposite the River Café. The fee is $50; $40 for seniors and students. Pre-payment is required; call 718-788-8500, ext. 217
· August 16, 2-4 p.m., discover the Gowanus. A walk through Gowanus opens a window on the industrial heritage of Brooklyn, and also shows a neighborhood in the midst of a very interesting transition. Gowanus is increasingly home to live-work artisans and artists, as well as galleries, institutions (such as the Center for the Urban Environment) and much more.
At the heart of it all is the canal itself, which looms in the imaginations of Brooklynites as something like a mythical beast in the story of the borough. Meet in front of the CUE at 168 Seventh Street, between Second & Third avenues.
· Then, August 23, 1-3 p.m., is a look at DUMBO. An acronym for the old Brooklyn waterfront down under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, this is an amazing area of former industrial buildings converted to lofts and artist’s studios with great bridge and river views, trendy restaurants and shops and a new riverfront park.
You’ll also visit the Fulton Ferry Historic District. Meet at street level of the York Street station of the F train at Jay and York streets.
· Closing out the month, August 31, 1-3:30 p.m. is Scandals, Scalawags & Murder Most Foul — Green-Wood Cemetery.
You are invited to visit some of Green-wood Cemetery’s most nefarious residents. Green-Wood is the final resting place of many famous and heroic people, but some of its deceased denizens have a more blemished reputation. Murderers and the murdered, a sullied adulteress, a famous courtesan, gangsters, con men and schemers lie next to those of a more virtuous disposition.
The walk may be hilly and strenuous. Meet at the Gothic Archway inside the entrance at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn.
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