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Local historian shows off ‘New York: Year By Year’

In his new book “New York: Year by Year-A Chronology of the Great Metropolis,” Astoria-based historian Jeffrey Kroessler delivers just that, offering up a cornucopia of the familiar and forgotten, the historic and the ephemeral, the heroic and the banal.

Kroessler will discuss his new tome at a special lecture and book signing sponsored by the Greater Astoria Historical Society on Monday starting at 7 p.m. In observance of Steinways & Son’s 150th Anniversary, Kroessler will present his lecture at Steinway Reformed Church, 41-01 Ditmars Blvd., instead of Quinn’s Gallery at GAHS.

“There are few people in the world with as much knowledge about the intimate details of the history of New York than our friend, Dr. Jeffrey Kroessler,” said Bob Singleton, president of GAHS. “And indeed, there’s no place more fitting for Dr. Kroessler to discuss his book than the Steinway Reformed Church, an 1891 Gothic revival gem with a pipe organ contributed by William Steinway.”

In his handy new reference book, Kroessler takes readers from Verrazano’s arrival in 1524 into the new millennium, highlighting the strikes and strikeouts, tunnels and towers, personalities and parades which not only made history in New York, but also proved to be the defining moments for the nation.

Kroessler will sign books following the lecture. This event is open and free to the public. For further information, call the historical society at 718-278-0700 or visit GAHS’s Web site at

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