Queens Borough Historian to host Willets Pt. walk

By Alex Robinson

Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum is set to guide a tour through Willets Point, a neighborhood long populated by hundreds of auto-repair shops that has been slated for redevelopment by the city.

The tour will take place Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. and will seek to educate residents about the area known as the Iron Triangle and the potential effect the new development could have on the borough.

“I suspect that most have not walked to and through the area and may be unaware of the history behind it and the ecology surrounding it,” Eichenbaum said in an e-mail.

The city has acquired a good chunk of land in the neighborhood and has already cleared a large number of the businesses that were there to make way for the mammoth redevelopment plan.

The walk is being sponsored as a fund-raiser by the City Club and the Queens Historical Society and costs $15 for members of those institutions and $20 for non-members.

Those wanting to go on the walk need to register with Eichenbaum by e-mailing him at jacon‌et@ao‌l.com.

-Alex Robinson

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