Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by urbanist and community activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). The walks, which occur in cities around the world this weekend, get people to tell stories about their communities, explore the cities they love, and connect with neighbors. A natural for climate and environmental justice activists! BCJN recommends three Jane’s Walk adventures this weekend: Hutchinson River-Hiding in Plain Sight Jane’s Walk You may have driven on the Hutchinson River Parkway, but did you know it’s named for an actual urban waterway? Both river and parkway in turn are named for Anne Hutchinson, an important Puritan leader who was born in England in 1591, and died in New Netherland in 1643. Join the Hutchinson River Restoration Project on Saturday, May 2nd, 2-4 pm, for a walk up the Pelham Bay Park landfill for a view of the Hutchinson River, followed by a hike across the river. Learn from HRRP all about efforts to restore this beautiful river. Fill out the walk form and get details, HERE.
The Secrets of Death Avenue Jane’s Walk Occupy the Pipeline is revamping its popular walking tour for the third year in a row. Join them on Saturday, May 2, 3 pm, or Sunday, May 3, 3 pm, for a walk that is full of surprises and radical witticisms and secrets from artists and activists throughout NY’s history! For additional details, go HERE. The West Village has been an incubator for change. A vibrant blend of immigrants, artists, lefties, financiers, gay and straight, young and old, affluent and hardscrabble, this area has been one of the world’s most fertile spawning grounds of creativity, social change, and protest. Through conventional exposition, street theater, and song, you will learn about how the clash of commerce with humanity once earned a West Village street the name “Death Avenue.” The tour now ends at the Whitney Museum, (opening on May 1st), which was built on top of the Spectra Pipeline/ConEd fracked gas vault.
South Bronx Environmental Justice Waterfront Tour Jane’s Walk On Sunday, from 1-3 pm, join Mychal Johnson, South Bronx Unite leader and BCJN member and other members of South Bronx Unite, a local environmental justice organization, for a waterfront walking tour of landmark sites throughout the Mott Haven-Port Morris neighborhood of the South Bronx. Tour leaders will also take us to sites along the Mott Haven-Port Morris Waterfront Plan, a community-designed blueprint for alternatives to decades of policies that have perpetuated air quality degradation and unjust land use. This dynamic tour will provide a window into the craftsmanship of the 1800’s, the over-saturation of industrial facilities causing alarmingly high asthma rates, and the myriad signs of resiliency. The tour will highlight local organizing campaigns for climate resiliency and against subsidies to diesel trucking companies like FreshDirect. Meet at the Mott Haven Bar & Grill, 1 Bruckner Boulevard. For more details, go HERE.