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Sunnyside, Queens, New York

Obscura Day 2015: The Skillman Avenue Corridor

Explore the Industrial Back Alley of Western Queens.

Skillman Avenue begins in residential Sunnyside and ends in Long Island City, forming the southern border of the Sunnyside Yards for much of its path.

Once known as Meadow Street, this colonial-era thoroughfare transitions from the bucolic community of Sunnyside to the post-industrial devastations of L.I.C. and the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek. Along the way, the massive 200- acre Sunnyside rail yard and the skyline of Manhattan will provide a stunning backdrop as Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman details its history, current uses, and discusses Mayor De Blasio's controversial plans to deck over the rail yards. 

Bring your camera, as the tour will be revealing an incredible landscape along this hidden byway.

DETAILS:

Tickets $25
Saturday, May 30th, 11am-1pm
The tour will begin at 11am sharp so please be on time
Meetup - The corner of 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue in Queens, just 2 blocks from Queens Blvd and the 7 train. Check MTA the morning of for best transit directions.

Be prepared for rough terrain and possible heavy truck traffic. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and for weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk. We will be ending in LIC, nearby several mass transit hubs.