Jane’s Walk, a series of free walking tours that start Friday, is an annual event held to honor Jane Jacobs, whose ideas about urban development continue to guide urban planners and other city-lovers. Jacobs died in 2006, but her friends started the walks on her birthday weekend every year. They happen all over the world; in NYC, they’re organized by the Municipal Arts Society and anyone can sign up to lead a tour.
Jane’s Walks are informal tours, meant to spark discussion, not just lectures. There’s a map of them here. We see five on the UWS, including a walking tour of Riverside Park, a running tour of Central Park, a tour about the “hustle and bustle” of the Upper West Side, a drawing-mindful walking tour of Central Park and a “Wild Woman’s Walk on the Upper West Side,” that explores Central Park and the Dakota.
They’re free. And hopefully, the rain will let up for a while this weekend.
Images via Jane’s Walk.