This weekend take the opportunity to learn more about your neighborhood by joining one of over 165 volunteer led walks taking place across New York City. Part of a global festival spanning some 500 cities, Jane's Walk NYC, is organized by The Municipal Art Society of New York and is the largest concentration of Janes Walks in the world.
The Jane's Walk Movement was founded in 2006 in Toronto to commemorate writer, activist and urbanist, Jane Jacobs who believed that the community and its day-to-day needs were at the heart of a vibrant city. Endeavoring to continue Jacobs' work by activating her ideas, the movement encourages community connection through conversation and shared neighborhood histories.
For exploring the Upper East Side we recommend:
Roosevelt Island: Where the Past Meets the Present and the Future
A River Runs Through It: 250 Years of History Along the East River
Footprints of Robert Moses in Central Park
Or take a self-guided tour with our virtual walk, "Eyes on the Street: Community and Worship on the Upper East Side" on Urban Archive.