Last fall we explored the largest Census tract in New York City, Co-Op City with Hidden Cities author, Moses Gates. This Sunday June 23rd at 11:45am, he’ll be leading a 14 mile walk from the least diverse to the most diverse Census Tract in the five boroughs. The tour is long, but we can vouch that a day spent with Moses is well worth it–his knowledge of New York City (and cities around the world) is immense and entertaining.
From the official description:
Have you ever heard people say things like “Queens is the most diverse county in America” or “Jackson Heights is the most diverse neighborhood in New York” and wondered what exactly that meant and how exactly that was measured? There’s many different ways of doing it, but one of the most commonly used is the USA Today diversity index, which measures the chance that two random person in a particular geography will be of different races and/or ethnicities (race and ethnicity are different catagories according to the census – all will be explained on the walk). We’ll be walking from Brooklyn Census Tract 754 (the least diverse, with a diversity index of 1) to Queens Census Tract 212 (the most diverse, with a diversity index of 88). On the way we’ll visit a tract that most closely mirror’s the diversity index of the United States (which is 61) and New York City overall (which is 79). We’ll also walk all of Flatlands Avenue just for fun.
Meet outside DiFara’s Pizza, Ave J & E. 15th street (don’t get excited, DiFara’s will be closed) at 11:45 AM. Q-train to Avenue J. We’ll end up at Jamaica Center at about 6:00, where you can catch the E, F, J or LIRR.
Read our Q&A with Moses about his quirky experiences in the Paris and Odessa catacombs and our exploration with him in the Bronx.
Michelle is the founder of Untapped New York. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture.