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The very first Bayside Times was published on July 2, 1935.
According to archives, when Queens Post Publishing bought the paper, The Bayside Times was located in Room 21 at 41-02 Bell Blvd. At that time, owner Frank Fay published The Bayside Times and The Broadway-Flushing Times, which then became known as The Flushing Times.
He was also printing The Little Neck-Douglaston Times. The first issue of all three papers under his ownership on Jan. 24, 1946 contained a note from the publisher in a box on the front page
The newspaper was later bought by the Allisons, who merged it with The Little Neck Ledger in 1969. The offices were located at 214-11 41st Ave. for some 30 years before moving to the second floor at 41-02 Bell Blvd.
Steven Blank bought both The Bayside Times and The Little Neck Ledger and expanded staff and space to add seven more community weekly newspapers.
The Little Neck Ledger
By the time The Bayside Times was just 3 years old, The Little Neck Ledger had already seen a succession of owners and editors. The exact date of the first issue remains a mystery. The Ledger may date back as far as 1918, although a 1940 edition at the Bayside Historical Society archives places it in 1926.
The Ledger, founded by Arthur Culley of Floral Park, was bought by Mitchell Luther, who quickly resold it to Nat Palzer. At that time and until the late 1950s Kathleen Pitt-Smith, the wife of playwright Eugene ONeill, was at the helm.
The eight-page Ledger was rapidly expanding into Douglaston, Great Neck and Bayside, covering social news, weddings, births and obituaries as well as bowling scores, the names of students in school plays, and pets that died.
Carmine Gentile bought the Ledger. It was something I hadnt done before, the retired businessman said. Gentile also expanded the papers coverage to compete with The Glen Oaks News.
Under the Allisons, the Ledger was merged with The Bayside Times and The Glen Oaks News, expanding as far south as Floral Park.
It stayed with local issues that concerned the whole section of northeast Queens, from the bay to Floral Park, said David Allison, who ran the family business in the 1970s and 1980s.
Steve Blank bought both The Bayside Times and The Little Neck Ledger and founded Queens Publishing Corp.
The Whitestone Times was the first of 11 new sister papers, published in February.
The Flushing Times opened in February.
The Fresh Meadows Times made its debut in February and The Glen Oaks Ledger first hit newsstands in August.
The Queens Village Times opened in August, marking the companys first venture in southeastern Queens
The Jamaica Times became the eighth paper in the chain in February and the Laurelton Times joined the Queens Publishing family in June.
The Forest Hills Ledger opened May 1, becoming the 10th paper in the Times-Ledger family.
The Richmond Hill Times opened, the Ridgewood Ledger appeared on the newsstands June 4, and the Astoria Times began, bringing the newspapers in the Times-Ledger chain to 13.
The TimesLedger Newspapers joins the Internet generation when its Web site, www.timesledger.com, is launched. In a sense we have almost become a daily paper online, said Publisher Steve Blank.
The Howard Beach Times, the 14th paper in the TimesLedger family, debuts in early May, just a few weeks before legendary mafioso and Howard Beach resident John Gotti dies.
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