August, 2015


What was going on in July 1955

In Queens, the heads of four families in the Queensbridge federal housing project refused to sign required loyalty oaths. Eviction procedures against them were begun. The oath was required under an amendment to the Public Housing Law in 1952, which required all 30,000 families living in 15 projects in the city to sign. The Queensbridge Tenants League had also been declared a subversive organization two months before by U.S. Att Comment.

June, 2015


A hero’s legacy celebrates the best of East and West

Highly-decorated World War II veteran, finance industry executive and government official, Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama was born on June 1, 1918 in Manhattan and later grew up in Woodside, Queens. After graduating Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Kuwayama became one of the first Japanese-Americans to attend Princeton University. He volunteered for service in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, consisting of soldi Comment.

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Urban renewal has a long history in Queens

With infrastructure developments taking shape and residential neighborhoods coming on the market, June 1906 was a month of great progress and change for Queens. Comment.

May, 2015


Burt Bachrach’s style has kept up the times

Award-winning songwriter, composer and singer Burt Freeman Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 12, 1928. His father, Bert Bacharach, was a well-known syndicated newspaper columnist. He showed a gift for music early, forming a 10-piece band while a student at Forest Hills High School in Queens and playing piano at the officers’ club on Governors Island while serving in the Army in the early 1950s. In a care Comment.

Women who were making a difference a century ago

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the TimesLedger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history. Comment.

March, 2015


Actor James Caan grew up in Sunnyside

Born on March 26, 1940 and raised in Sunnyside, James Edmund Caan is a prolific, versatile movie actor perhaps best known for playing Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” Appearing in over 80 movies in a career spanning six decades, Caan’s roles have ranged from the rugged, masculine renegade in films such as “Rollerball” and “Gardens of Stone, “ to the heart-wrenching as the terminall Comment.

Not all the news during the Depression was depressing

In 1931 we were in the heart of the Great Depression, undoubtedly the worst financial crisis in our country’s history. Nearly a third of the workforce was unemployed. A decade of progress was wiped off the map and it took nearly a generation before the country reached the same level of economic activity achieved in the 1920s. Comment.

February, 2015


Remembering notables lives lost in 1936

New Yorkers lost several notable celebrities in 1936. Former Mayor John F. Hylan and Queens Borough President Maurice Connolly died within a few weeks of each other. They lived on the same block on Olive Place in Forest Hills. S. I. Rothafal, known to the millions as Roxy, is found dead in his suite at the Hotel Gotham. The noted producer, credited with raising motion pictures and stage shows to the level of lavish spectacles, dies in his sleep. He was only 52. Comment.

January, 2015


Eric Holder: From East Elmurst to the White House

Eric Himpton Holder is the 82nd attorney general of the United States and the first African American to hold the post. Comments (2).
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