November, 2015


Building a life in the shadow of the Holocaust

In November 1961, the Cold War was only an itchy trigger finger away from turning hot and national security was the most pressing issue on the minds of many in Queens. Making a stop at Fort Totten in Bayside that month, Lt. General Robert Wood announced that New York City was defenseless against Soviet nuclear missiles. The commanding officer of the Air Defense Command noted that they could handle bombers approaching our nationR Comment.

A controversial symbol of a city living in fear

Born Bernhard Hugo Goetz on Nov. 7, 1947 in Kew Gardens, Bernie Goetz is best known as the “subway vigilante” who shot four would-be muggers on a New York subway in December 1984. The incident sparked heated nationwide debate on the issues of soaring crime rates in major cities, race, public safety and the limits of legal self-defense. Goetz was found guilty of carrying an unlicensed firearm, and a jury in a civil trial Comment.

September, 2015


How Queens battled the crime wave of 1959

In September 1959, Queens, like the rest of the country, was in the grip of a sharp increase in crime. It was estimated that there were over 100 gangs in the city with a combined membership in the thousands. The overall juvenile delinquent problem had grown to such proportions that the Senate Juvenile Delinquency Committee began hearings in Congress to study the nationwide problem of “teenage terrorists.” Mayor Wagner v Comment.

‘Gentleman Jim’ and the legacy he left Bayside

Champion heavyweight boxer, actor and Queens resident Jim Corbett was born in San Francisco, Calif. on Sept. 1, 1866. Known as “Gentleman Jim,” Corbett was raised in a middle-class family headed by his Irish immigrant father. He attended college and worked as a bank clerk before mastering the pugilistic arts at a local gym. Comment.

August, 2015


A finiancial titan makes a major contribution

Born on Dec. 14, 1955 in Queens, John Alfred Paulson is a leading investment banker who founded investment management firm Paulson & Co. in 1994. He shot to prominence and fortune in 2007 through his bets against the subprime mortgage lending market, and is considered one of the most prominent names in the field of high finance. He is married to Jenny Zaharia, an immigrant from Romania, and has two daughters. His older sister, The Comments (2).

Training on the ground and scaling the Empire State Building

It was August 1962, and the National Guard reservists of Company C of the 1st Battle Group, 251st Infantry, who normally met once a week in the Flushing Armory, were on their two-week annual summer field training at Camp Drum in upstate New York. Comment.

A high-stakes journey that began in Bay Terrace

Former stockbroker, author and motivational speaker Jordan Belfort is best known for his portrayal by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 Hollywood film “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Born on July 9, 1962, Belfort was raised in a middle-class, Jewish family in Bay Terrace. After showing an aggressive sales acumen in his early years, he began his meteoric rise in the financial industry soon after college, eventually becoming the cha Comment.

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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