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July, 2018


Queensline: JFK Airport opened in July 1948

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June, 2018


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 Comment

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

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May, 2018


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

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April, 2018


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

March, 2018


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

February, 2018


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 Comment

January, 2018


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 anno 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 Comment


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