Tour: New York’s Public Transportation

The physical City of New York is the product of numerous planners, developers, and municipal officials as well as private citizens. This tour explores how the city was planned and grew, and is served by the infrastructure that we use every day.

Explore the alternative forms of public transportation that are available in the region. This tour will start at Grand Central Terminal and end in Hoboken Terminal. Particular focus will be placed on the early rail systems of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Trans-Hudson Rail Tubes. Leader: Jonathan Peters, Ph.D., College of Staten Island.

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The Bogotá Transformation: Vision and Political Will

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Register for the Tour de Brooklyn

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Tour de Brooklyn (2006)A StreetFilm by Clarence Eckerson Jr.Running Time: 4 minutes 5 seconds With this weekend’s Bike New York already sold out, don’t forget to sign up early for one of New York City’s best rides: Transportation Alternatives’ Tour de Brooklyn. Registration is free.  This year the family-friendly ride begins at Grand Army Plaza […]