He’s the official Queens historian — as per Borough President Melinda Katz’s designation — and he wants to show you the town.

Jack Eichenbaum will host The New World of the Number 7 Train on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

It’s actually a series of six walks and connecting rides along the line that’s called “The International Express” because it runs through various diverse neighborhoods with large immigrant populations. It’s also Eichenbaum’s signature tour. He has offered it every year since the Metrocard added unlimited-ride options in 1999.

However, Eichenbaum is happy to inform that the walking routes will be completely different from his previous tours and he’s added some new twists. For example, the fun will actually begin in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, where a station was opened along the just-extended 7 line in 2015. Then, the group will head to Queens, taking stops to explore the Long Island City shoreline, Woodside-Jackson Heights, North Corona, the Iron Triangle, and Flushing West. Lunch will be at an Asian restaurant in Flushing, the city’s biggest Chinatown.

Eichenbaum plans to focus on the tremendous impact the 7 train has had on the neighborhoods it serves. Since service began in 1915, the route hasn’t varied much, and the system generally favors 11-car sets. But the line is constantly influencing rent prices, property values, tourism, business development, and residential construction.

For the tour program, send an email to jaconet@aol.com.

The fee is $49 and registration is required. There are two payment options. Use PayPal or send a check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St., #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include name, phone, and email address).

Editor’s note: Eichenbaum will also lead a tour of Jackson Heights on Saturday, July 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This trek will focus on the garden apartments, ethnic commerce, and Scrabble’s birthplace.

Top image: Rob MacKay; bottom image: Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

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