The Urban Event Planner: Jackson Heights Garden Tour, June 9 & 10

The problem for the Urban Planner is that there is nothing really to do in your free time. At some point, even the most downtrodden urban decay neighborhood is explored, the latest coffee place with a twist discovered and the craziest gelato flavor tasted. Nothing left but boredom and New York summer lethargy…

But wait! There is this one place you haven’t been to – it’s called QUEENS, and there’s even a SUBWAY (the 7, E, F, M and R to 74th Street-Roosevelt Avenue to be exact) that can get you there, even from far away places like Brooklyn, Manhattan or Mars!

This weekend (June 9 & 10 2012), is the annual Jackson Heights Garden tour, a unique opportunity to see – a garden, or to be precise gardens – all the private ones that are off-limits for 364 days a year and well hidden away behind the stately apartment buildings of America’s first Garden City, a term you might remember with horror from your first semester of planning school.

The tour kicks off on Saturday with a slide lecture at the Community Church (81-10 35th Avenue) at 10:45am  and 12:15 pm and for people who get too excited by slide shows there is a self-guided tour from 12:00 t0 4:00. Tickets are just $10 a pop (not even a small latte in the hipper parts of BK) and can be purchased at various locations in Jackson Heights.

For more information, visit the website

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