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Since going to the Queens Museum as part of my September NYC Essential walk series was foiled this year by the US Open, here’s another opportunity! And ADD ON attraction of this outing is a chance to ride the "nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train, a 1930-70s era vintage 8-car subway with rattan seats, overhead fans and incandescent lights! This walk takes you to MY introduction to The City: the site of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Most of the stupendous “visions of the future” (that we are now living in) from the Fair are gone, but the iconic Unisphere, the contemporary ruin of the New York State Pavilion and the Queens Museum remain. Our primary (indoor) destination is the Queens Museum which houses an exhibit that was created for the World’s Fair: a model of the City of New York! This is better than going to the top of any of the iconic NYC skyscrapers, better than a helicopter ride, better than a flight out of JFK! The size of a skating rink, this model, in 1964, represented EVERY building in New York, in every borough. The chance to leisurely walk and gawk around the suspended walkway and get an eagles’ eye view of the complexity of our city is worth visiting again and again. Seeing this as a six-year old changed my life – instilling dreams of the wonders that could be possible. Oh, how I would love to see it for the first time again! Maybe it will be that for you.
THE MEET UP: (As of 12/02/16 this is a REVISED Meet Up location than was previously posted!) We will meet at 11:30 am at the CENTER of the West 4th Street UPTOWN B/D/F Platform at the Conductor's position to wait for the "Nostalgia Train", a 1930-70's era vintage 8 car train, which we will take to the end of the line at Queens Plaza! Then we will go up to catch the #7 Train at Queensboro Plaza, FIRST car of the Flushing/Queens-bound train. We take the train to the Mets/Willets Point station. Approximately a 3 mile walk. Returning to Manhattan by the #7 Train.
[$: 2 Metrocard fares (additional fare if we go to Flushing for dinner). Attendees are responsible for their own admission to the Queens Museum ($8 adults; $4 seniors).]
Queens Museum - 1964-65 World's Fair - Model of the City of New York
WHY WALK WITH NEW YORK CITY WILD! RATHER THAN HEADING OUT ON MY OWN WITH A SUBWAY MAP AND A GUIDEBOOK?
An “urban wilderness” walk is not an oxymoron. Keith Michael has been exploring the remotest corners of New York City for decades, gaining a collective eclectic knowledge that cannot be found in any guidebooks. These walking tours will bring you to his favorite destinations around this vast metropolis, taking the guesswork out of the legwork! With carefully researched information about where to go, what to see, how to get there, AND the camaraderie of fascinating people to enjoy the "there" with, each excursion provides a unique off-the-grid out-of-the-tour-bus immersive experience in the natural wonders (as well as architectural and historical highlights) available within one of the largest cities in the world. Once you do, you’ll be inspired to do even more and take advantage of the myriad other FREE tours offered by many parks and organizations throughout NYC—there is always more to see and learn!
HOW DO I RESERVE MY SPOT?
Follow instructions on the Eventbrite site.
See the full schedule and descriptions of the 2016 NYC Wild! Summer Walks by clicking HERE!
To see the short list of dates and destinations, scroll down to the bottom of this section—with LINKS to each New York City WILD! Walk to reserve your spot NOW!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There are various ticket prices for New York City WILD! Walks (ticket price includes all Eventbrite/Credit Card fees, and taxes). Buy an "Early Bird" Discount ($10) or Become a NYC Wilder! ($50 Pass gives you access to ALL upcoming NYC Wild! Walks during 2016 - 4 or more walks will be available every month) for the best deal. If you BUY the NYC Wilder! Pass in December you will have access to ALL walks through the 2017 season as well! Great HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA as well!
PLEASE NOTE: Participants cover their own public transportation costs (NYC Metrocard and PATH train fares) as well as lunch/dinner and beverages—either a bring-your-own-picnic or conviviality at a local eatery depending on the individual walk itinerary.
WHAT IS THE BAD WEATHER AND REFUND POLICY?
BAD WEATHER: Trips will only be cancelled under extreme weather conditions. New York City summer weather is fickle! Rarely does the same kind of weather last all day, and the weather forecast for Central Park may be vastly different than what actually occurs on a far outer-borough beach. Most walks will go on rain or shine under the optimism that an inclement forecast will change. However, primarily beach walks WILL BE cancelled or rerouted if there is any threat of thunderstorms.
CANCELLATIONS: Participants will be notified by e-mail 24 hours in advance if a forecast of extreme weather is imminent. You will recieve a FULL REFUND of your ticket OR you can transfer your order to another New York City WILD! outing by contacting email@example.com. (A REFUND can take 7-10 business days for your refund to be processed.)
"No Shows" WILL NOT be refunded.
WHAT ABOUT MEET-UP LOCATIONS AND NYC PUBLIC TRANSPORATION?
Please carefully note meeting places and times. Trips will leave promptly from designated meeting sites. For meet-ups on a subway platform, we will generally leave on the FIRST TRAIN after the designated departure time. Return times are approximate.
NYC Wild! Walks are GREEN in more ways than one! Walks frequently meet on a subway platform to take a train (average 45 minutes to an hour+) to and from the starting point of the walk. Please carefully note whether the meet-up location is on the UPTOWN or DOWNTOWN platform AND whether it is at the FIRST or LAST car of the train! Please arrive with a filled MetroCard so that trains or buses are not missed while you wait in line to put more money on your card.
Alternate meeting locations can be arranged en route to the destination if this is more convenient for individual travelers.
ALWAYS check the MTA Weekender online before you leave home for planned service changes on your subway lines! Leave additional travel time for delays in weekend service. Some Walk meet-up locations or destinations may be changed if subway service is unusually cumbersome to our starting point.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
To get to the "cool places" that we go on New York City WILD! Walks, these outings are estimated at 4-6 hours in length (including travel time to and from the starting point of the actual walking tour) and range from 2-5 miles depending on the itinerary. Know your own abilities and stamina.
It is difficult to catch up with the group if you are late - please be on time for the MEET UP. Most walks are a loop so it is also difficult to leave early. Please take this into consideration.
NYC Wild! Walks move at a casual pace to encourage observation and conversation. These ARE NOT "exercise walks" or "power walks" or "hiking." Pauses for photography are accommodated though sometimes we may need to keep moving to fulfill the walk's itinerary.
These walks are usually not suitable for participants younger than 10 years of age.
Most NYC Wild! excursions follow primarily level established trails though the walking surface can vary from city sidewalks to woodland path, boardwalks, grass, minor rock scrambling or sandy beach. Some stairs or a rise and descent in terrain are part of individual walks.
Insects should be a minimal concern, but mosquitoes, ticks and bees DO EXIST in New York City. Be mindful and take suitable precautions.
Restrooms are not always conveniently located or available. Take this into consideration.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH/DINNER. We will stop for a picnic along the way—outside. Bring your picnic with you rather than expecting to stop along the way to "pick something up". Some walk itineraries may include end-of-walk conviviality at a local eatery—watch the listings for these scheduled festivities.
Dress appropriately for the forecasted weather—hat, jacket, layers to take off or put on if temperatures change. In general, it can be windier and cooler (or hotter) at these locations than in Manhattan. Bring an umbrella for surprise changes in weather.
Sturdy closed-toed walking shoes that you aren’t too concerned about getting muddy or wet. No sandals or flip-flops.
Binoculars if you have them. If not, we will share.
A camera. Each walk offers endless photo opportunities.
Sun screen and insect repellent. Insects should be a minimal concern for most trips.
PLEASE use your cell phone sparingly for emergencies only (and generously for taking memorable photos of the walk!)
Enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.
DO I NEED TO SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER?
YES. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver statement, agreeing to release and hold harmless Keith Michael and New York City WILD! from any and all liability arising out of or resulting from your participation. Your participation in these walks is on a completely voluntary basis and you are responsible for your own personal safety and well-being. Read the complete statement included with this event listing.
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional information. All outings are available for private walks, group bookings, or other events. When making inquiries, please indicate the date and destination of the walk for which you have questions. More detailed information about each walk will be sent by e-mail to participants a few days before each scheduled outing.
WHO IS THAT NEW YORK CITY WILD! GUY?
KEITH MICHAEL is a self-styled urban naturalist, avid birder, photographer, and a dedicated explorer of New York City's five boroughs. He has led 100s of walks throughout NYC. Watching birds drives his focus, but the breadth of NYC history, and the wealth of vistas, trees, wildflowers, grasses, mushrooms, butterflies, dragonflies, as well as scaled, slithery and furred fauna that can be observed within the city is truly remarkable. Mr. Michael has published four books of writing and photographs: Let’s Go Out!: A Birder's Year in the West Village (2015); Take Me to the River (2014); Once Around the Block (2013), and 1000 Days: World Trade Center Rising (2013); leads New York City WILD! nature walking tours, co-leads Hudson River Park WILD! walks, and is a monthly contributor to WestView News: The Voice of the West Village.
When not adventuring in the city and taking photographs, Mr. Michael is a ballet choreographer, having created The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies, Mother GOOSE! and The Nutcracker for New York Theatre Ballet, and is the Dance Production Coordinator at The Juilliard School. For more information about walks, books or photographs visit www.keithmichaelnyc.com
Photo of Keith Michael by Valerie S.
New York City WILD!
Waiver/Release/Assumption of Risk Agreement
New York City WILD! is an urban nature walk series organized by freelance urban naturalist Keith Michael.
As used in this agreement, "The Coordinator" means collectively New York City WILD! and Keith Michael, its employees, representatives, independent contractors and/or affiliate organizations involved in the selected program/activity, members, leaders, organizers, volunteers, co-participants and all others involved in the selected activity/program.
As used in this agreement, "you" means the person who signs this agreement or on whose behalf this agreement has been executed. It is anticipated that you are accepting this agreement as a prerequisite to your participation in a New York City WILD! activity/program. If a person under 18 years of age participates, that person's parent or legal guardian must also accept this agreement.
In consideration of the services provided by The Coordinator and the opportunity for you to participate in the selected activity/program, you AGREE TO AND ACKNOWLEDGE the following:
1.) New York City WILD! nature walks are entirely volunteer activities. Other participants are not outdoor recreational or educational professionals.
2.) New York City WILD! activities have inherent RISKS, HAZARDS AND DANGERS. Such risks, hazards and dangers may include, though not limited to: adverse weather, crossing streams, falls from heights, travel, exposure to insects and animals; remoteness from shelter, restroom facilities, food, water, medical care and emergency rescue services; graded trails, uneven terrain, mechanical or equipment failures, and misjudgments by leaders, volunteers and/or co-participants. You acknowledge these and other risks, and you ASSUME THE RISKS of participating in the New York City WILD! activity and travel to and from the activity/program.
3.) The Coordinator cannot guarantee your health or safety. You are responsible for your own health and safety. You warrant that you have skills and overall health and physical conditioning adequate for the program/activity you have selected. If required, you will provide your own appropriate and adequate clothing, equipment and supplies. You will cooperate with the leader(s) and organizers to achieve a meaningful and safe experience for the group.
4.) You hereby RELEASE AND AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS The Coordinator from any and all liability arising out of or resulting from your participating in a New York City WILD! program or activity. You and your agents, heirs and assigns HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS against The Coordinator in any court, forum, tribunal or jurisdiction, whether for personal injury, wrongful death, property damage or loss, breach of contract, economic loss or consequential damages from delays, cancellation or changes in program or schedules.
5.) You are solely responsible for all transportation fares for and food or beverages consumed during this activity.
6.) You acknowledge that The Coordinator or co-participants may produce photographic or video recordings ("images") of programs. The Coordinator or co-participants may use such images to promote The Coordinator and their programs. You hereby consent to such images made while you are engaged in the activity/program and grant to The Coordinator or co-participants all of your rights to use such images and any copies or derivative works therefrom in any manner for promotional and other commercial purposes, in any medium. You release and assign to any right or interest that you may have in those images including rights in your appearance and or your voice recorded by employees, other participants, agents or contractors, whether or not on behalf of The Coordinator or co-participants, and you waive any right of any kind in or over such images including rights of (A) compensation, (B) publicity, privacy or copyright, or (C) review, inspection or approval.
7.) This Waiver/Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement is the entire agreement between you and The Coordinator, and cannot be orally changed or modified.
8.) This agreement entered into in the State of New York, is to be governed by the laws of New York and any suits, claims or actions concerning it are to be brought only in the courts of the State of New York.
9.) If a court with proper jurisdiction determines that any part of this document is invalid, illegal or against public policy, the remaining portions thereof shall remain in full force and effect.
I have read this agreement and I understand its terms and, in particular, that I am giving up substantial legal rights. Knowing this, I am voluntarily agreeing to this Waiver, Release, and Assumption of Risk Agreement.
Fields to be completed on hard copy at the start of the Walking Tour:
Print Name: __________________________________________
Mobile phone #: _______________________________________
Emergency Contact Name:_______________________________
Emergency Contact Phone Number: _______________________
New York City WILD!
2016 Walks Schedule
For FULL SCHEDULE of Adventures Information
GO TO www.keithmichaelnyc.com
Click on the DATE LINK BELOW to Make Your Eventbrite Reservation NOW!
Saturday, October 1 - Staten Island Greenbelt: High Rock Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Sunday, October 2 - Brooklyn: Prospect Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Saturday, October 8 - The Bronx: Bronx River Greenway Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Sunday, October 9 - Manhattan: George Washington Bridge & Fort Lee Historical Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Saturday, October 15 - Open House New York Weekend - Go to www.ohny.org and INDULGE!
Sunday, October 16 - Open House New York Weekend - Go to www.ohny.org and INDULGE!
Sunday, October 16 - Brooklyn Bridge: Sunset & Rising Full Harvest Moon Walk ($)
Saturday, October 22 - The Bronx: Pelham Bay Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Sunday, October 23 - Manhattan: Inwood Hill Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Saturday, October 29 - The Bronx: Woodlawn Cemetery Photography & Nature Walking Tour (FREE)
Sunday, October 30 - Manhattan: Central Park - "The North End" Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
WATCH FOR MORE New York City WILD! Walks to be scheduled in November and December!
Sunday, November 6 - New York City Marathon! Photography Walk ($)
Sunday, November 13 - Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery Photography & Nature Walking Tour (FREE)
Sunday, November 27 - Queens: Fort Tilden Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Sunday, December 4 - Flushing Meadows/World's Fair Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Sunday, December 18 - Staten Island: Great Kills Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Wednesday, December 21 - Winter Solstice: "Celebrate the Night" Downtown Manhattan Photography Walking Tour ($)
Tuesday, December 27 - Winter Owls: The Bronx: Van Cortlandt Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Wednesday, December 28 - Winter Owls: Brooklyn: Dead Horse Bay Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Thursday, December 29 - Winter Owls: The Bronx: Pelham Bay Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Friday, December 30 - Winter Owls: Manhattan: Central Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Saturday, December 31 - Winter Owls: The Bronx: Pelham Bay Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour ($)
Sunday, January 1 - Winter Wonders: New Year's Day: Queens: Fort Tilden Photography & Nature Walking Tour
Saturday, January 7 - Winter Wonders: Staten Island: Mount Loretto Unique Area Photography & Nature Walking Tour
Friday, January 13 - Winter Wonders: Manhattan Bridge: Sunset/Full Moon Rise Photography Walking Tour
Saturday, January 14 - Winter Wonders: The Bronx: Van Cortlandt Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour
Sunday, January 15 - Winter Wonders: Manhattan: Central Park South End to Reservoir Photography & Nature Walking Tour
Saturday, January 21 - Winter Wonders: Staten Island: Wolfes Pond Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour
Sunday, January 22 - Winter Wonders: Brooklyn: Coney Island and Coney Island Creek Photography & Nature Walking Tour
Saturday, January 28 - Winter Wonders: Bald Eagles: Croton Point Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour
Sunday, January 29 - Winter Wonders: Brooklyn: Prospect Park Photography & Nature Walking Tour