The 1923 New Year’s celebrations promised to be a “hip-hip hooray” affair. In the past month, police estimated $10 million in contraband liquor had been smuggled into New York from ships and through Canada. More than 200,000 reservations were booked at celebrations in hotels with an additional 100,000 expected at smaller clubs. To monitor the city that evening, only 20 prohibition agents were available. Comment.
The City Council voted to designate Brinckerhoff Cemetery, the burial site of several of Queens’ first settlers, as a landmark Monday despite an attempt by the cemetery’s owner to claim hardship and thus prevent the designation. Comment.
Many members of Queens’ Jewish community, several elected officials and international diplomats gathered at Young Israel of Hillcrest Sunday to commemorate the centennial birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish architect who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Comment.
Every Nov. 12, Francisca Diaz travels to Queens to remember her mother, who was one of 265 people killed when Flight 587 crashed into Rockaway in 2001 shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport for the Dominican Republic. Comment.
For 37 years Geraldine Ferraro passed through the intersection of Ascan Avenue and Austin Street on her way to and from her Forest Hills Gardens home and the community gathered there Sunday to ensure that her legacy lived on for another 37 years and beyond. Comment.
Ethel Katz has already told her story of survival more times than she could ever remember, but her eyes still filled with tears when she was asked once again to share her memories of living through the Holocaust. Comments (2).
The most significant moment in history discussed Saturday on a guided tour of early 20th-century homes in Douglaston Manor was June 24, 1997 — about half a century after the last residences were built on the verdant northeast Queens peninsula. Comment.
City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) will honor the late Forest Hills congresswoman and first female vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro with a street co-naming Sunday, Oct. 28., at 10:30 a.m. Comment.
The Queens County Farm Museum board recently voted unanimously to maintain Brinckerhoff Cemetery, the centuries-old burial ground where several of Queens’ first settlers are interred, but would not be able to carry out the plan unless the property changes owners, Museum President James Trent said. Comment.
The 1960s were a decade of transition — the political landscape shifted dramatically with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, The Beatles took everyone on a magical mystery tour and the Cuban missile crisis led many to gravely prepare for the end of the world. Comments (1).
Michael Feiner, president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, said he has never seen more people line up to say goodbye to a loved one than he had for Joe Lupo, of Flushing, who died suddenly last month of heart complications. Comment.
St. Michael’s Cemetery held a “Remember Me Run” to support the children of those who died from working on the 9/11 World Trade Center pile. Funds raised were slated to go to the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, which was started by Santora’s parents. Comment.
New Yorkers pounding the pavement every day on their way to work have grown accustomed to the city’s homeless population. Sometimes spare change is given, while other times eyes are averted as the commuters dutifully board trains and buses to their jobs. Comments (1).
A newly restored Kingsland Homestead was on full display over the weekend as the Queens Historical Society celebrated a new beginning in Flushing with the completion of its 2012 capital project. Members of the group joined with city residents and officials Sunday to celebrate the restoration of its old roots while also establishing some new ones. Comments (2).
Organizers and visitors to the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony at McManus Memorial Park in Astoria Heights last week were heartened that the 150-strong crowd was still present 11 years after the tragedy. Comments (3).
Defense attorney Barry Scheck was a member of O.J. Simpson’s “dream team” of lawyers in his 1995 murder trial and is also a founder of The Innocence Project, which exonerates falsely accused criminals using DNA evidence. Comments (1).
Twin sisters Amanda and Emily Ortiz smiled as they posed for photos with family friends at the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero Tuesday morning. The young girls from Whitestone were just 5 months old when their father, Emilio, perished in the attack on the World Trade Center 11 years ago. Comment.
Eleven years have gone by and the cityscape has changed drastically, but now there are names, like those of Bayside’s John Thomas Resta and his wife Sylvia San Pio Resta, which will forever be inscribed in Lower Manhattan. Comment.
Known for his catchphrase “That’s what’s going on around the country; here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods,” weatherman and TV personality Al Roker was born in Queens Aug. 20, 1954. After majoring in broadcasting and journalism in college, Roker rose through the ranks of news broadcasting, eventually landing at NBC and anchoring the daily weather reports on “The Today Show” since 1996. Comment.
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make Brinckerhoff Cemetery a landmark in a move that will protect the historic Fresh Meadows burial ground from development. Comment.
Fresh Meadows resident Claire Goldberg, who still lives on her own and uses an iPad, celebrated her 100th birthday in style last week surrounded by three generations of her family and elected officials. Comment.
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission ended a 12-year battle over the fate of Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows where some of Queens’ earliest settlers are buried, by voting Tuesday to make it a landmark. Comment.
Nancy Davis Reagan was born Anne Francis Robbins July 6, 1921, in New York City. She was the only child of car salesman Kenneth Robbins and actress Edith Luckett. After spending her early childhood in Elmhurst and Flushing, she decided to pursue an acting career after graduating from college, and eventually moved to Hollywood. Comment.
The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, which helped turn an isolated area into a key recreational destination in the city and sparked the growth of the Rockaways, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Comment.
The New York & Queens County Railroad Co., which operated trolleys in Queens, was in receivership and faced a shutdown of its operations. On June 4, 1924, a judge denied a motion by the receiver for the company to discontinue operations and rip up the tracks. Comment.
As readers of this column know, I spent three happy and productive years as a student at Newtown High School. I had graduated from JHS 73 and the transition was not any easy one in the first semester, but I managed to do better and was a member of Arista by the time I graduated. Comment.
At the end of his life, jazz great Louis Armstrong considered the garden at his Corona home, now a world-famous museum, a sanctuary, and with a new $150,000 grant the museum hopes to make Satchmo’s beloved backyard even better. Comment.
City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and members of the Douglaston-Little Neck Historical Society popped open bottles of champagne Sunday for the long-awaited return of the neighborhood’s original street names to the historic district. Comments (1).
In the early days of steam navigation, there was no interest from the locality of the North Shore of Long Island to navigate the waters of New York. The one exception was for sailing vessels. Comments (1).
Before the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the largest loss of life in the city’s history occurred on a June day in 1904 when more than 1,000 people died when the General Slocum caught fire in the East River off Astoria. Comment.
Officers for the newly-formed “Increase Carpenter Chapter” of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were installed during a ceremony at the historic Prospect Cemetery Chapel of the Sisters on the campus of York College. Comment.
On behalf of the board of directors of the Bayside Historical Society, I am writing to express our desire that the LPC designate the historic Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows as an official city landmark. Comments (1).
Early in 2003, TimesLedger Newspapers printed a notice that it was looking for columnists. More than 300 columns and a few blogs later, here is the story about how this flack came to be a columnist. Comment.
Best known as an insult comedian and comic actor, Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926, and spent his early years in Jackson Heights. His father, Max, came to the United States from Lithuania in the early 20th century and his mother Etta was born to Austrian immigrants. Comment.
Stateside, the war effort was beginning to ramp up. On May 5, 1942, the sixth minesweeper to be built in Whitestone in the past seven weeks slid into the East River. The boat was christened at the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp.’s yard at the foot of 154th Street. Comment.
As the great-grandson of Irish immigrants to Dutch Kills, who once enjoyed the spectacle and competition that was Celtic Park, I take great pride in preserving the history of the times and places in which my ancestors and their neighbors lived. Comment.
For years, March of the Living has tapped Holocaust survivors for trips bringing Jewish teenagers to Poland and Israel, but the program’s latest educational mission focuses on the liberators. Comments (1).
The newspapers were filled with progress and development. It was a confident age, but midway through the month a jarring note burst upon the world. It has remained seared in our collective memory to this day. Comment.
Members of a Flushing house of worship met with a developer and the city Monday morning to answer lingering questions about how much of a historically marked cemetery was disturbed by construction crews last month. Comment.
As Queens commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic and the events surrounding her fateful journey, it’s customary to recount those fascinating, decades-old tales and anecdotes that are part of this never-ending story. Comment.
Visitors to Flushing Town Hall will find they have stepped into a nomadic Turkish village. Simulated living spaces of nomadic tents complete with hand-woven Turkish carpets and home furnishings are a highlight of the exhibit “Interwoven Worlds: Exploring Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey,” running through April 29. Comment.
Keeping the story alive has always been most important, according to Dr. Dennis Papazian, national grand commander of the Armenian fraternal service Knights of Vartan and founding director of the Armenian Research Center . Comments (1).
It was the dawn of the Space Age, and the man of the hour was Col. John Glenn. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn had piloted Friendship 7 on the first manned orbit around the Earth and landed safely despite worries that the capsule’s heat shield might not hold. Comment.
Born in 1922, Jack Kerouac is considered the father of Beat Generation literature. His iconoclastic works, such as “On the Road,” “The Dharma Bums” and “Vanity of Duluoz,” were the mouthpiece of a 1950s counterculture. Comments (1).
The last of the five friends who read my columns in manuscript came up with a good many gripes, following my own column about my concerns. The other four have had their say and I invite you to make your gripes known through TimesLedger Newspapers. Solutions are most welcome, too. Comment.
America’s founding fathers are often conjured from the past to bolster various political arguments, but Sunday in Jamaica a soldier from Bangladesh’s war for independence was there in the flesh, speaking about the bloody fight and how there are always two sides to history. Comments (1).
Activist Mandingo Tshaka has probably earned his weight in proclamations and awards over the years, but the Bayside Historical Society, which honored him for Black History Month, thinks he is worth every ounce. Comment.
The World’s Fair was in Queens, attracting visitors from far and wide. On Feb. 3, 1965, the Star-Journal reported that the fair “made news internationally as well as locally yesterday. The city will bring the fair into court if it fails to heed the subpoena served yesterday.” Comment.
Two Yale students on the final leg of a 29,000-mile world tour land in College Point in early January 1935. They take more than 600 pictures of places and people with an aerial camera and plan to donate the images to the Geographical Society of America. Their last hop, a four-hour trip from Morehead City, N.C., was one of the most brutal. Facing a 45 mph headwind, the ice-covered plane lands in an ice-caked Flushing Bay. Comment.
This started out to be one column to be sent out into the world at anytime. It has turned into more than that and I think the comments in these columns may be something to think about in the new year. They represent my thinking and those of a group of five younger friends who see my columns on a regular basis. Comment.