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Queens Memory Queens Memory Project aims to record and preserve contemporary history across the borough of Queens, New York City. Visit:http://www.queensmemory.org Follow: @QueensMemory
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Queens Memory is a collaborative effort between Queens Library and Queens College. It's a digital archive, but its public face is a website featuring interviews and photos documenting the lives of contemporary Queens residents. These stories and images are presented alongside digitized historical photographs, maps, news clippings and other rare archival records. People who live in Queens (or used to) can see images of how their communities have changed over the decades and hear the voices of neighbors telling stories that define life in this dynamic and diverse part of the world. Visitors to the Queens Memory website have the benefit of seeing these otherwise scattered archival materials and personal stories in one, searchable, user-friendly site of collective memory.

Mission: • Archives in public institutions should reflect the interests and identities of the people they serve. The QMP is a way to foster a deeper and more meaningful relationship between ALL the residents of Queens and their libraries. • If we do not value the personal histories of the people in Queens enough to record them and then preserve those recordings, who will? • The QMP advisory board includes internationally recognized scholars and practitioners in the field who all feel this is a worthy program to champion and a source of exciting scholarship. • The QMP makes public records more public. The project is uniquely positioned to provide a forum for storytellers that will connect their memories with the rich archival holdings their public institutions keep for them. The QMP will open up the people’s records for review and interaction. Interested in participating? Check out http://www.queensmemory.org/index.php/About/form

Thank you for sharing this view of 7 pm, @tandetchkov. Shout out to Ellie, hope you get to cheer and bang those pitchers...
04/18/2020

Thank you for sharing this view of 7 pm, @tandetchkov. Shout out to Ellie, hope you get to cheer and bang those pitchers extra loud tonight for your daddy and for all of our people at the frontlines. ⁣

Repost from @tandetchkov • Hello from Briarwood. Ellie loves getting permission to bang on things. She doesn’t quite understand the purpose, but she knows it is “for daddy.” You can hear cheering in the distance at 7pm from where we are. On our block, it’s relatively quiet at 7. Being right off the Van Wyck and not far from Jamaica Hospital, and subjected to ambulance sirens every few minutes throughout the day, it is surprising our block hasn’t gone for a different tune. Last night, I think I heard someone yelling out that one minute of cheering—in DISTASTE...So naturally, I told Ellie to bang louder. Might use bigger spoons today. 🥄 .⁣
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#GraceofQU2020 #7pmcheer #7pmthankyou #essentialworkers #queenscapes #queenscovid @ Briarwood, Queens

Thank you for sharing these thoughts about parenting and adapting in this new reality, @ovoesco. We are resilient and ca...
04/17/2020

Thank you for sharing these thoughts about parenting and adapting in this new reality, @ovoesco. We are resilient and can endure but there are moments when the gravity of the necessary changes starts to feel even heavier. Putting a mask on your child’s face, telling them to keep their distance from other people, trying to balance fear with safety. It’s not easy. ⁣

Repost from @ovoesco •⁣
During these last few days of our new reality, I’ve felt a responsibility to document my family’s life ✨For me, for them, for generations to come ❤️ For the next few weeks which is as short we are praying this will be, I’m sharing with my friends and family my perspective on all things Home School, Telecommuter, Cat mom, wife but most importantly, a woman who’s madly in love with Jesus. 🙏🏻 #2020Vision #Prayer #ThePrescription⁣

@QueensMemory #QueensCovid when it all began to unravel, I felt an urgency to teach my children about the new world they lived in. Knowledge is power, we never his reality from them. Early on we wore masks, gloves and learned how to navigate our neighborhood without getting too close or touching anything unnecessary. Plenty of families around NY state have yards and private entrances to their homes, but how do you learn to social distance in a city that has millions of people literally living on top of one another? Being adaptable. Adapt or quite literally die.

Thanks for sharing, @alexlunaphoto. These types of detail photos are becoming a new genre of still life 😷🧤 Let’s pick up...
04/17/2020

Thanks for sharing, @alexlunaphoto. These types of detail photos are becoming a new genre of still life 😷🧤 Let’s pick up after ourselves and throw away our trash properly please. ⁣

Repost from @alexlunaphoto • Please be safe and help others be safe as well. Dispose of used masks and gloves properly. Help your neighbors, fellow New Yorkers and the environment. #staysafe #stayhealthy #iloveny #newyorktough #stayhome #queenscovid #queensmemory⁣ @ Long Island City

This week we’re asking you to send us your stories of connecting to others. ⁣⁣How has this time affected your relationsh...
04/16/2020

This week we’re asking you to send us your stories of connecting to others. ⁣

How has this time affected your relationships with the people you live with? If you are isolating alone, how has it been? If you are far away from loved ones, how are you able to keep them close?⁣

Please share any story about how you’ve been connecting. Click the link in our bio to see all the ways you can contribute your stories. ⁣

#QueensCOVID⁣ @ Queens, New York

"This felt like a personal loss not only because it’s a great bike shop but even more because it really represents the e...
04/15/2020

"This felt like a personal loss not only because it’s a great bike shop but even more because it really represents the ethos of Jackson Heights and so many here at the epicenter who are keeping things going. I hope the shop is still around once the pandemic is behind us."

Thank you, @nitin_mukul_studio for sharing this remembrance of Juan Vicente Manuel Valerio of Hospital de Bicicletas in Jackson Heights. Juan died on April 4. Read one of his obituaries in the Mexican press. What an incredible life. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and community. // ⁣

“One day maybe 10 years back I found this bike shop when I got a flat coming back from Flushing Meadows Park. In fact there are a few around there but this was the one I stumbled on. It became a hidden treasure to a gringo like me. These guys are no nonsense, do most jobs on the sidewalk, and for most part do it as soon as you get there. They got me from a flat tire to back on the road in a few minutes, like a pit stop for the delivery set, who represent a significant chunk of their clients. The professionalism, lack of any pretension and absurdly reasonable rates felt like they were doing me a solid anytime I went, despite not being an insider at all. The few friends I brought there were grateful also. I found out a few days ago that one of the mechanics, Juan Valerio, passed away due to Coronavirus. According to this old article he was a former mechanic for the Mexican Olympic cycling team. This felt like a personal loss not only because it’s a great bike shop but even more because it really represents the ethos of Jackson Heights and so many here at the epicenter who are keeping things going. I hope the shop is still around once the pandemic is behind us.”⁣

#queenscovid⁣

Thank you, @nitin_mukul_studio for sharing this remembrance of Juan Vicente Manuel Valerio of Hospital de Bicicletas in ...
04/15/2020

Thank you, @nitin_mukul_studio for sharing this remembrance of Juan Vicente Manuel Valerio of Hospital de Bicicletas in Jackson Heights. Juan died on April 4. Read one of his obituaries in the Mexican press. What an incredible life. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and community. // ⁣

“One day maybe 10 years back I found this bike shop when I got a flat coming back from Flushing Meadows Park. In fact there are a few around there but this was the one I stumbled on. It became a hidden treasure to a gringo like me. These guys are no nonsense, do most jobs on the sidewalk, and for most part do it as soon as you get there. They got me from a flat tire to back on the road in a few minutes, like a pit stop for the delivery set, who represent a significant chunk of their clients. The professionalism, lack of any pretension and absurdly reasonable rates felt like they were doing me a solid anytime I went, despite not being an insider at all. The few friends I brought there were grateful also. I found out a few days ago that one of the mechanics, Juan Valerio, passed away due to Coronavirus. According to this old article he was a former mechanic for the Mexican Olympic cycling team. This felt like a personal loss not only because it’s a great bike shop but even more because it really represents the ethos of Jackson Heights and so many here at the epicenter who are keeping things going. I hope the shop is still around once the pandemic is behind us.”⁣

#queenscovid⁣

Queens Public Library
04/12/2020

Queens Public Library

Some #Easter scenes from the past, courtesy of the QPL Digital Archives: Lorraine Passero dressed up on Easter Sunday in Kew Gardens Hills in March 1959 and a Queens College Home Economics student melts wax in preparation for decorating eggs in April 1957. Happy Easter!

This week we’re asking you to send us your stories of adjusting to life in the pandemic. How have you been adjusting? Wh...
04/09/2020

This week we’re asking you to send us your stories of adjusting to life in the pandemic.

How have you been adjusting? What is your new daily routine? If you are still reporting to work or shifted to remote work, or if you have lost your job, what have your days been like?

Please share any story about how you’ve had to adjust: queenslib.org/covid

#QueensCOVID

Today, we are launching the Queens Memory COVID-19 Project, a borough-wide archiving campaign to collect first-person st...
04/09/2020

Today, we are launching the Queens Memory COVID-19 Project, a borough-wide archiving campaign to collect first-person stories of life in the epicenter of the pandemic. We want to make a lasting record of how we are living, working, learning, and helping one another in Queens during this unprecedented time. ⠀

We hope you’ll share your story of what it’s like to be in Queens right now. You can contribute stories in any format you’d like, audio, text, video, photos and writing at https://queenslib.org/covid.

Submissions will become part of the Queens Memory digital collections at Queens Public Library and Queens College Library and will be shared through our tech partner, Urban Archive.

#QueensCOVID

Check out this brand-new story on the Urban Archive site -- a virtual walking tour of Astoria's Welling Court community,...
04/01/2020
Urban Archive

Check out this brand-new story on the Urban Archive site -- a virtual walking tour of Astoria's Welling Court community, featuring historical photos from the QPL Digital Archives! Queens Public Library Urban Archive Welling Court Mural Project
https://www.urbanarchive.org/stories/n73brzVtAmY

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We miss seeing all of you in person! While we continue to #stayathome, you can listen to season 1 of our Podcast https:/...
03/30/2020
Queens Memory Podcast Season One: Memories of Migration

We miss seeing all of you in person! While we continue to #stayathome, you can listen to season 1 of our Podcast
https://soundcloud.com/queens-public-library/sets/season-one-memories-of?utm_source=website&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=SoundCloudQMP, explore our collection of oral history interviews on Aviary
https://queenslibrary.aviaryplatform.com/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=QPLAviary
and dive into the vast photo resources of the QPL Digital Archives
http://digitalarchives.queenslibrary.org/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=blog&utm_campaign=QPLDigitalArchives. Enjoy, and stay safe!

As a part of New York City, Queens has long been a point of entry to the United States. Thinking about the borough in this way, we searched through our archives to gather stories of migration for this

Shoutout to our colleagues at Queens College for their donation this weekend of masks, gloves and other supplies to the ...
03/23/2020

Shoutout to our colleagues at Queens College for their donation this weekend of masks, gloves and other supplies to the medical professionals fighting COVID-19! Wonderful example of serving our community! #NYStrong

Queens College makes swift donation of masks, gloves and other supplies to battle COVID-19. “A simply brilliant and swift move by the Queens College community,” said Borough President Lee.

https://www.queensbp.org/queens-college-makes-swift-donation-of-masks-gloves-supplies-to-battle-covid-19/

Queens Public Library
03/19/2020
Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library

UPDATE: Starting Monday, March 16 and until further notice, Queens Public Library will be closed to the public in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our staff and the public we serve. Please keep checking the QPL website and social media channels for new content as well as for updates about our plans to reopen. We know how much our communities depend on our libraries and thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

Due to the current situation concerning the coronavirus in our area, all Queens Memory events, like those of Queens Publ...
03/12/2020
QPL’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response and Update | Queens Public Library

Due to the current situation concerning the coronavirus in our area, all Queens Memory events, like those of Queens Public Library, will be cancelled through the end of March. Please stay tuned for future updates, and stay safe!

March 12, 2020 Queens Public Library is suspending all programs, events, classes, community room requests, and workshops from Friday, March 13 through at least the end of the month. We, along with the Brooklyn and New York public libraries, are taking this step to limit the number of public gatherin...

Queens Public Library
03/08/2020
Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library

Join Queens Public Library and Queens Memory at The Potter's Wheel on Monday, March 9 at 7PM to hear from neighborhood storytellers about how Kew Gardens has touched their lives—and then share your Kew Gardens story too!

Queens Public Library
03/03/2020
Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library

Join Queens Public Library and Queens Memory at the Potter's Wheel on Monday, March 9 at 7PM to hear from neighborhood storytellers how Kew Gardens has touched their lives—and then share your Kew Gardens history too! Please RSVP for this special event.

#TBT from our friends at Queens College
02/21/2020

#TBT from our friends at Queens College

On the way to class in the early 1940s! #TBT

Queens Public Library
02/17/2020

Queens Public Library

In honor of #PresidentsDay, here is a photo from our Digital Archives of the statue of George Washington by James Earle Fraser at the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, held at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens. The fair opened on April 30, 1939, the 150th anniversary of Washington's inauguration.

Queens Public Library
02/14/2020

Queens Public Library

💘 Take a look at the vintage #ValentinesDay cards in our Digital Archives and share one with your sweetie! https://queenslib.org/2HmzFIB #FBF 💘

Congratulations to our friend Thadine Wormly on the upcoming exhibition of her quilts at the John Bowne House as part of...
02/12/2020

Congratulations to our friend Thadine Wormly on the upcoming exhibition of her quilts at the John Bowne House as part of its Black History Month celebrations. Thadine was one of our instructors for our Common Thread Story Quilt project!

We join our friends at Bayside Historical Society in mourning the “First Lady of Bayside,” Joan Brown Wettingfeld.
02/03/2020
Bayside Historical Society

We join our friends at Bayside Historical Society in mourning the “First Lady of Bayside,” Joan Brown Wettingfeld.

Bayside Historical Society fondly remembers lifelong Bayside resident, historian, and journalist Joan Brown Wettingfeld. Daughter of Joseph H. Brown, the founder of Bayside Historical Society, Joan's dedication and commitment to the community of Bayside will never be forgotten.

Queens Public Library
01/28/2020

Queens Public Library

Our beloved Whitestone Library Children’s Librarian Susan Scatena passed away suddenly on January 10, 2020. Here is a collection of pictures from her special annual children’s summer reading contest, which encouraged hundreds of children in Queens to read thousands of books each year.

Queens Public Library
01/27/2020

Queens Public Library

Today, January 27, 2020 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Viktor Koen’s photo exhibit "SYLVIA / Auschwitz, Birkenau, Majdanek" is on display now at #KewGardensHills Library. instagram.com/p/B71NYdfpiqL/ #Auschwitz75 #WeRemember

01/24/2020
Natalie Milbrodt's Story Quilt Square

It’s #NationalPieDay! Listen to Queens Memory Director Natalie Milbrodt, who contributed a square to our 2018 Story Quilt, talk about how important pie has been to her family. Be sure to see the entire quilt the next time you visit Flushing Library!

Natalie Milbrodt discusses how important pie has been to her family. Recorded: August 20, 2018. This square is part of a story quilt that was created during ...

Read this touching and thoughtful piece by one of our Story Quilt family, Marina Bardash Nebro — it’s gratifying to hear...
01/23/2020
How a Quilting Circle Helped Me Discover My Immigrant Heritage - Tenement Museum

Read this touching and thoughtful piece by one of our Story Quilt family, Marina Bardash Nebro — it’s gratifying to hear of the impact our program had! Tenement Museum Queens Public Library

Image description: Author Marina's family with her with her Memories of Migration story quilt In 1960, my father was born in the fishing village of El

Queens Public Library
01/23/2020
Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library

Is there a song that always reminds you of a particular time in your life? Take the mic to tell your story and then sing or play a recording of your song for a live audience! Join Queens Memory on Thursday, January 23 at 5:30PM at #LangstonHughesLibrary.

Queens Public Library
12/27/2019

Queens Public Library

It’s the last #FlashbackFriday of 2019—and another great chance to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the 1939 New York World's Fair, held at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens! Check out our New York World’s Fairs Collection (in partnership with Queens Museum and the Museum of the City of New York) and our collection of J. William Sawyer’s full-color photographs, both in the QPL Digital Archives! https://queenslib.org/2t5B5TW #FBF

#MerryChristmas from Queens Memory! From the QPL New Deal Art Project Artwork Collection: “Christmas Morning” by Mathild...
12/25/2019

#MerryChristmas from Queens Memory! From the QPL New Deal Art Project Artwork Collection: “Christmas Morning” by Mathilde de Cordoba. https://queenslib.org/366Scnb

Queens Public Library
12/22/2019
Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library

Congratulations to the Queens Memory team, who received an award from the New York State Archives for their excellence in documenting New York’s history. If you’re not familiar with Queens Memory and their mission, read our new blog post and take a trip with them through the history of our borough!

Congratulations to our friend and outstanding community activist Robbie Garrison on receiving the community service awar...
12/17/2019

Congratulations to our friend and outstanding community activist Robbie Garrison on receiving the community service award created in memory of Don Capalbi by the Mid-Queens Community Council! Thanks to John X Choe for sharing this photo!

Queens Public Library
12/15/2019
Queens Public Library

Queens Public Library

Listening is an act of kindness. Join us at the Library for Memory Kaleidoscope, a card game that uses art to help you connect with others and share the moments that have shaped you! #ItsTimeForKind

Our Community Story Quilt has taken up residence in its permanent home at Queens Library Flushing Main Street! Come see ...
12/10/2019

Our Community Story Quilt has taken up residence in its permanent home at Queens Library Flushing Main Street! Come see our quilters' beautiful handiwork and read transcripts of the embedded audio clips in the library's third-floor conference room, where our quilting workshops took place. Thanks to Flushing branch manager Yang Zeng for the great photo!
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EMERGENCY 5 BORO SUMMIT CALL TO ACTION This is an URGENT open call to every civic, block association, block watcher, organization, development corps, bids, clubs, fraternal, community boards, and others, chairs and president’s, and all leaders who represent their community’s best interest, throughout the 5 Boroughs. The Ozone Park Block Association is calling for every leader, president, chair, from every community, neighborhood, and town, from every Borough, across the city of NY, for a summit meeting on how to proceed, and stand together, work together, and come up with a solution to the crisis facing NYC, the homeless shelter placement, of 90 shelters, in our residential, family, communities. This is not about each shelter’s significant impact on their own community, but a summit that will discuss legal actions. Our attorney has found possible grounds and we need to discuss this going forward on how to proceed and see how many communities are willing to stand with us, in this fight, jointly. At the same time, we want to present to the city in the future, ideas and ways to discuss helping solve the problem rather than putting them in warehouses, converted buildings and making a select few people very, very, wealthy on the backs of the homeless. This will be a controlled environment. This will not be a forum about our political views, or our disgust with the mayor. Because at the end of the day most will agree on those things. This is about: 1-Being proactive to a solution that can be presented to either this administration or the next one. We are NOT anti-homeless but we are not happy with not being consulted, NOT having local Community Board input, and not helping the homeless to transition and assimilate, but to keep them suppressed and in the system. It is time for a change. 2- Deciding as a collective group of civic-minded leaders how to go forward and possible legal actions, such as class action suit. We are asking at LEAST ONE (1) representative from every civic, organization, board, club, etc. that represents their community, neighborhood and towns, to please come to the meeting. This is NOT an open meeting to the public. This is a summit being called as an urgent emergency meeting, to a crisis that is being pushed into our residential communities. This is not about opinions but FACTS. We have an attorney that has stepped up to represent us, we can use more if more want to work with him. The more heads the better. We will put together an advisory panel that will work with the lawyer (s) if we choose to go forward and to represent us. I will NOT lay out our plan of action here, it will be done in private, at the summit. Lawyers that want to work on this contact me. Please be respectful as our Ozone Park elected officials, as well as others, who have supported us from the start will be present at the meeting. We will NOT allow for disrespect or bashing. This is strictly to discuss 2 things and that is it. Please be ready and prepared and let’s fight together for a better NYC. The elected officials have been invited to guide us, counsel us and see if they can create change in Albany and NYC. They will be speaking and addressing us. You must register with the [email protected] to receive the credentials to attend. We do not want lurkers or spies coming, we do not want unwanted troublemakers, so please forward us an email with the name (s), the organization they represent, the title role, if any, an email address and a contact telephone number, all this is a must. We will process this and send you a reply back as a confirmation that you will need to print and show at the door. We are taking this very seriously. The meeting is Friday February 8, 2019, starting around 6 PM. DESHI Center, 83-10 Rockaway BLVD Ozone Park NY 11416. We will provide pizza and bottled water. Please try to block out 2 hours. This is that important and that serious. I cannot emphasize this enough. We will discuss having this summit in each of the other Boroughs and moving around the city as we are welcomed. BUT in order to change the narrative, we need to show the administration, the city council and the elected officials we can and will mobilize our people if we are not treated with the respect we deserve. PLEASE SHARE, RESHARE, POST, REPOST, COPY AND PASTE, TO EVERY NYC GROUP you are in and every page for every community and association across the 5 Boroughs. Also send a copy to all email addresses you have of all civic, organizations, groups, clubs, and representatives of their respective community’s. Community Boards, please forward to all your local civics, organizations, associations that represent the different areas, in your board. We need to get this letter out to everyone and anyone that represents an area within the 5 Boroughs. Please feel free to forward as needed. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. And we need your help and cooperation to make this a major success. Stand on the right side of history and be proactive. “UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL” We also have a real-time 24/7 news Facebook Group where we only allow news and no political talk or opinions. Even though it is mainly about Ozone Park a lot of shelter information is disseminated out of that group. It is the Ozone Park Block Association OZPKRBA group on facebook. Feel free to join. Sam Esposito President OZPKRBA 718-641-0405 [email protected] CC: ALL NYC Council Members ALL NYC Community Boards ALL NYC organizations, clubs, block associations, civic, bids, development corps, fraternal organizations, concerned groups ALL NYS Senator Representatives ALL NYS Assembly representatives, ALL 5 Borough Representatives, ALL NYC related media ALL NYC coalitions ALL NYC US Congress members ALL NYC leaders, activist, ALL NYC related Facebook Groups ALL NYC Related pages https://www.facebook.com/groups/2177064062320446/