December, 2017


Moses planned Cross Island as part of citywide network

In December 1937, descendants of pioneer Flushing families take part in a pageant of Flushing Centennial. Women who are leaders in social and civic life are in the cast of the historical fete. Comments (1)

October, 2017


Wartime Queens a boro in transformation

In June, 1944, the Allies invaded France. In October, a gang of Queens soldiers at a U. S. Army hospital had been overseas so long that, if they were dropped off at Queens Plaza, they probably would have gotten lost. Comment

September, 2017


NASA, World’s Fair, drag racing in ’60s Queens

It was Sept. 5, 1962, when five volunteers emerged from a giant space chamber at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale. Among them was 23-year-old Michael Bloom, of Fresh Meadows. These human guinea pigs had spent 14 days breathing nothing but oxygen. Michael and the others put in 10-hour days, while running through a total of 683 physical and psychological tests. The tests were done on behalf of NASA, which hoped to find a single gas to be used in Project Gemini and future manned space projects. Comment

August, 2017


End of the line for Third Avenue’s infamous elevated rail

In August, 1955, New Yorkers bid a bittersweet farewell to a city icon — a screeching, wheezing, brash, grease-slicked embodiment of the city’s hustle and bustle, and industriousness. Comment

July, 2017


Champion long-distance runner looks back on career

Born on July 9, 1978, Kara Goucher is one of the most competitive female long-distance runners in recent United States history. Beginning in her collegiate days at the University of Colorado, where the Queens native was an NCAA champion in track and cross country events, Goucher has been an elite runner in events nationwide and across the globe from the 1,500-meter race to numerous marathons. Comment

Lindbergh, livelihood and leisure in 1931 Queens

Two planes carefully made several passes in the skies over North Beach on June 5, 1931. One aircraft, a Lockheed Sirius flown by Charles Lindbergh, broke away to make a landing at Flushing Airport. Comment

June, 2017


Queens-born Jason Patric a Hollywood mainstay

Born Jason Patric Miller, Jr., in Queens on June 17, 1966, Jason Patric is a film, stage and television actor who has over 20 movies to his credit in a career spanning more than 30 years. He has also appeared in TV shows including “Saturday Night Live,” “Entourage, “and the mystery series “Wayward Pines.” Comment

May, 2017


‘World a little less funny’ without Jackson Heights’ own Don Rickles

Raised in Jackson Heights, Donald Jay Rickles is perhaps best remembered as an insult comedian who skewered audiences from all walks of life and roasted celebrity A-listers in a comic reign of terror spanning seven decades. Comment

April, 2017


Anne Sullivan’s journey ended in Forest Hills

Born on April 14, 1866, in Feeding Hills, Mass., Anne Sullivan is best known as the teacher and lifelong companion of Helen Keller. Stricken with an eye disease that left her nearly blind, Sullivan began teaching Keller at age 20 following her graduation from the renowned Perkins School for the Blind in her home state. By signing words into her hand for various objects such as water and a drinking mug, Sullivan taught Keller braille and entered the world of her strong-willed charge to free her soul from darkness. Sullivan was with Helen Keller until 1936, when Sullivan died in Forest Hills, Queens. Comment

Revisiting late 19th-century development

Welcome to May 1886. Comment

February, 2017


Award winning Queens actress fine with being stereotyped

Born Andrea Donna de Matteo on Jan. 19, 1972, actress and Queens native Drea de Matteo is best known for her portrayal of Mafia moll Adriana La Cerva in the HBO series “The Sopranos.” Comment

January, 2017



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