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Classic films, boxing take over Queens in 1961

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

Famous artist Isamu Noguchi has Astoria roots

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

Going to see a man about a horse... and a movie!

For one College Point woman, good times were just around the corner. Comments (1)

Actress Hillary Brooke was raised in Astoria

Born Beatrice Sofia Mathilda Peterson on Sept. 8, 1914, and raised in Astoria, actress Hillary Brooke appeared in more than 50 films and television shows from the 1930s to the 1950s. Comment

The happenings in Queens back in September 1905

Welcome to September 1905! Comments (1)

August 1935: From Gustav Lindenthal to Will Rogers

Welcome to August 1935. Comments (1)

NBA legend Bob Cousy grew up in Queens

Born on Aug. 9, 1928 in Manhattan, Bob Cousy electrified NBA fans for 13 seasons with his seemingly magical passing ability and prolific scoring as a point guard for the Boston Celtics. Comment

Cosmetics queen Estée Lauder was born in Corona

Born Josephine Esther Mentzer on July 1, 1908 in Corona, Estée Lauder was a businesswoman known for her eponymous brand of cosmetics. From a modest beginning in which an uncle made cosmetic products in an abandoned stable behind their house, Lauder diligently built her brand into a global beauty empire. When her company went public in 1995, it was worth some $2 billion. Comment

Queensline: JFK Airport opened in July 1948

Welcome to July 1948! Comment

Actor Robert Davi has stayed true to his Queens roots

Born on June 26, 1951 and raised in Astoria, Robert Davi is an actor, singer, writer and director perhaps best known for his vivid portrayal of a colorful assortment of Hollywood villains, thugs and tough guys. In a film and television career spanning over 40 years, Davi has appeared in TV series from “Charlie’s Angels” and “St. Elsewhere” to “Criminal Minds,” among the 130 films on the silver screen he has performed in alongside greats from Marlon Brando to Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis. The native Astorian is also a critically acclaimed singer, known for bringing his own unique depth a Comment

June 1964: Queens College disappearance, civil rights drama and Mets’ marathon double-header

Welcome to June 1964! Comment

Walt Whitman spent part of the 1830s in Queens

Born Walter Whitman on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, N.Y., Walt Whitman was a quintessentially American poet, essayist and journalist. He is best remembered for his collection of poetry “Leaves of Grass,” an American epic that champions and identifies with the common man. Comment

Heading to the past for a look to the future

Welcome to May 1886. Comments (2)

Longtime NBA player, executive has Forest Hills roots

Born on April 24, 1955, in Satu Mare, Romania, Ernie Grunfeld is currently the president of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Comment

A look back to April 1963 in Queens

This is the way it was in April 1963 in Queens. Comment

Roosevelt, the rails and more in 1937 Queens

In 1937, the nation was still in the grip of the Great Depression, a period in our history where the economy all but collapsed and one in four workers was unemployed. Comment

No. 7 train adds cars, push to make Long Island a state and more in February 1950

Its February 1950 and the No. 7 Train is adding new cars. The maroon cars with wide beige strips above and below windows will help glamorize the Flushing Line. Cooling fans and heat will be governed by thermostats sensitive to car temperature changes, including shifts brought about by an increase or decrease of passengers. Comment

Singer’s chart-topping rise began in Astoria

Known professionally as Melanie, singer-songwriter Melanie Safka was born on Feb. 3, 1947 and spent her early years in Astoria, Queens. She is best known for her songs “What Have They Done to My Song,” “Ma,” “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” and “Brand New Key.” One of only three women to perform solo at Woodstock in 1969, her performance started a trend among concert attendees to display lighters while artists sang. She has three children, all of whom are musicians, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Comment

Defense, offenses and more in January 1951

In January 1951, as part of domestic moves to defend the country, it was announced that for the first time since World War II, 2,000 regular Army anti-aircraft troops would start guarding Queens and New York City from Fort Totten in Bayside and Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. The decision was part of a series of moves by which the military and civil defense of the metropolitan area would be coordinated. In December, the Air Force had announced that fighter groups stationed around the city were operating on a 24-hour alert, both for training and for guarding against a surprise attack. Comment

Battaglia rose from Howard Beach to football stardom

Retired National Football League tight end Marco Antonio Battaglia was born on Jan. 25, 1973, and raised in Howard Beach, Queens. After capping a stellar football career at Rutgers University as a consensus first-team All-American in 1995, Battaglia played for five pro teams in eight seasons. He retired from the NFL after playing for the Carolina Panthers team that reached Super Bowl XXXVIII. The former football star still resides in Queens with his wife and two children and works in the athletics department at his alma mater in New Jersey. Battaglia is a friend and personal trainer of fellow Queens native and radio “shock j Comment



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