Come out at NOON on Sunday April 3rd and enjoy a FREE walking tour of Woodhaven 180 years in the making!
- Retrace the final fateful steps of Professor Kotkov, the Woodhaven teacher who was brutally murdered 95 years ago this month. One of his murderers was the youngest person executed in NY State. Stand in the very spot where all of their lives changed forever.
- Visit the spot where an ancient burial ground for slaves was unearthed.
- Find out where George Washington slept when he visited Woodhaven.
- Walk through the area nearly destroyed by the Cyclone of 1895 - and see the exact spot where a young woman was killed.
- Hear about the legend of a 90-year old woman who cheated on her husband - and visit something you've passed a million times that she was responsible for building!
- Visit the only remaining portion of the old Union Course Racetrack that is still visible!
- Walk the streets of Old Woodhaven Village and learn which important buildings are still standing!
In a FREE walking tour of Woodhaven led by the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, you'll see all of the above - and more! See the old hotels where people used to stay. Visit the famous Grosjean factory and learn about the fire that nearly destroyed Woodhaven. Learn about the tragedy of the Grosjean family and see the church Grosjean built for his son that was mysteriously killed. See the spot where a fireman heroically rescued 2 children, but lost his own life. Learn how -- and where -- Ozone Park got its start. Learn about John Pitkin and his failed dream to build an East New York, but which resulted in the birth of Woodhaven.
This tour of Woodhaven will start at NOON on the corner of Rockaway and Liberty, near PC Richards, and wind its way through 3.5 miles of Old Woodhaven Village. Expected time of tour will be about 2.5 hours and it will end up outside the old Union Course Racetrack at the oldest tavern in NYC - Neir's Tavern, on 78th Street and 88th Avenue.
And - bonus - this walking tour of Woodhaven will be very interactive for those with iPhones. You will be able to pull up old pictures of the locations we are visiting --
RSVP for the tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: This is the 1st of three scheduled walking tours of Woodhaven. All 3 will cover different areas. The next two are on Sunday June 5th and Sunday August 7th