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September 29, 2007

TODAY — WALKING TOUR: The Atlantic Yards Footprint and Environs

Here are multiple reminders that Norman "the Mad Overkiller" (and licensed NYC tour guide) Oder and former City Planning Commish Ron Shiffman are leading a walking tour of "Ratnerville" and "Environs" this Saturday.

The tour is free and open to the public and we're pretty sure that Norman Oder will NOT be quizzing "tourists" on the material afterwards.

The Brooklyn Paper, Civic Calendar

Saturday, Sept. 29

Walking tour of Atlantic Yards footprint led by former Planning Commissioner Ron Shiffman and journalist Norman Oder. Meet in front of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower (Hanson Place at Ashland Place, in Fort Greene), 2 pm.

The Villager, Jane Jacobs on foot

If the name Jane Jacobs conjures just a vague notion of the urban activist, that’s all the more reason to get acquainted with her legacy during the city’s first “Jane’s Walk” series of tours this weekend. Begun last year in Toronto, where the Canadian-born Jacobs relocated after spending many years in the West Village, they make their debut here in time for the Municipal Arts Society exhibit, “Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York,” which opened Tuesday.

Six of the eight tours will be led by people who do not normally work as guides. But just as Jacobs herself was a self-taught city-planning scholar, that doesn’t make them any less qualified. “They’re not professional tour givers,” explains Jane’s Walk director Jane Farrow. “These are people who are locals who know their neighborhoods really well.”

NoLandGrab: The Ratnerville Footprint tourists are fortunate to have their own real-live licensed tour guide and an actual urban planning expert. For your own safety, we ask that you do not hand feed them.

Brownstoner, Weekend Events

Atlantic Yards Walking Tour
Join Ron Shiffman (Pratt Center) and Norman Oder (Atlantic Yards Report) tomorrow for a guided tour of the Atlantic Yards footprint and surrounding areas. The tour kicks off on Saturday at 2 p.m. in front of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank at One Hanson Place and will take at least two hours.

NoLandGrab: B-stoner posted a HUGE list of weekend events in Brooklyn.

Posted by lumi at September 29, 2007 9:59 AM