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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

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

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

Operating as usual

A few more photos from today's ribbon-cutting ceremony Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy.
11/10/2021

A few more photos from today's ribbon-cutting ceremony Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy.

It’s a glorious day for a ribbon-cutting ceremony!
11/09/2021

It’s a glorious day for a ribbon-cutting ceremony!

A school class visits the newly opened South Jamaica branch of the Queens Public Library Public Library in November 1961...
11/09/2021

A school class visits the newly opened South Jamaica branch of the Queens Public Library Public Library in November 1961, 60 years ago this month! #QPLDigitalArchive #SouthJamaicaQueens #1960s

A school class visits the newly opened South Jamaica branch of the Queens Public Library Public Library in November 1961, 60 years ago this month! #QPLDigitalArchive #SouthJamaicaQueens #1960s

Posted @withregram • @urbanarchiveny What do you know about @qplnyc's Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Cen...
11/08/2021

Posted @withregram • @urbanarchiveny What do you know about @qplnyc's Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center? Learn the story below.👇⠀
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Now part of Queens Library, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center was established in 1969 in response to local efforts to create a library and community center focused on the history and needs of the area’s African-American community. Local residents, including former Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, who served as the library’s first executive director before entering the political sphere, formed the Library Action Committee of Corona- East Elmhurst, Inc., which staffed the library from its opening until 1987 and is still responsible for operating the library’s Homework Assistance and Cultural Arts Programs.⠀
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The Center's first home (seen in the first three images at 102-09 Northern Blvd.) was located in a former Woolworth’s department store on Northern Boulevard—the site of a civil rights struggle to break the color barrier for hiring in Queens. The library opened two years after Hughes’ death and includes a large collection of materials by and about the poet. ⠀
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The new building (image 4 at 100-01 Northern Boulevard) completed in 1999 includes gallery, auditorium, research, archival and children’s spaces to hold its many performances, lectures and events celebrating black history and culture. The library is home to the Black Heritage Reference Center of Queens County, housing New York State’s largest public circulating collection of materials on the black experience, estimated at roughly 45,000 titles and including approximately 1,000 theses and dissertations on black literature.⠀
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📸: @qplynyc, 1969 and 1977⠀
📸: Madlyn Schneider, 1999⠀
📸: @hdcnyc⠀
#UrbanArchive #NYC #Queens #EastElmhurst #QPL #Library #LangstonHughesLibrary #BlackLiterature #poet #langstonhughes

It's World Digital Preservation Day! Really it's always #digitalpreservation day here at Queens Memory where we are work...
11/04/2021

It's World Digital Preservation Day! Really it's always #digitalpreservation day here at Queens Memory where we are working to preserve the history of our local Queens community. Photo from a Queens Memory scanning & preservation event at Forest Hills Library in 2016.
#WDPD2021
Queens Public Library
#ForestHillsLibrary

It's World Digital Preservation Day! Really it's always #digitalpreservation day here at Queens Memory where we are working to preserve the history of our local Queens community. Photo from a Queens Memory scanning & preservation event at Forest Hills Library in 2016.
#WDPD2021
Queens Public Library
#ForestHillsLibrary

It's a Queens Memory #OralHistory Highlight! Follow the link to hear Shavetta Gupta discuss how she and her family set u...
11/03/2021

It's a Queens Memory #OralHistory Highlight!
Follow the link to hear Shavetta Gupta discuss how she and her family set up a temple in their Astoria, Queens home for the holiday #Diwali - Happy and prosperous #Diwali2021 to all! http://ow.ly/79NV50GEKbr

It's a Queens Memory #OralHistory Highlight!
Follow the link to hear Shavetta Gupta discuss how she and her family set up a temple in their Astoria, Queens home for the holiday #Diwali - Happy and prosperous #Diwali2021 to all! http://ow.ly/79NV50GEKbr

Black River & Western Railroad steam engine No. 60 at Montauk LIRR station during a "Steam-In" November 1967, from the R...
11/02/2021

Black River & Western Railroad steam engine No. 60 at Montauk LIRR station during a "Steam-In" November 1967, from the Ron Ziel Collection #QPLDigitalArchives #LongIslandRailRoad #traintuesday

Black River & Western Railroad steam engine No. 60 at Montauk LIRR station during a "Steam-In" November 1967, from the Ron Ziel Collection #QPLDigitalArchives #LongIslandRailRoad #traintuesday

Happy Halloween from #QPLDigitalArchives! Here are Neena and Renu Budhraja and friends in Halloween costumes, 1988 in a ...
10/29/2021

Happy Halloween from #QPLDigitalArchives! Here are Neena and Renu Budhraja and friends in Halloween costumes, 1988 in a picture donated by Manjula Budhraja. Do you have pictures from past a Halloween? 🎃 Share your Queens Halloween photos to be in our digital Halloween Parade on Instagram & to archive them with Queens Memory 👻 TAG us on IG or send your files our way: tinyurl.com/7d3c6nj3

Happy Halloween from #QPLDigitalArchives! Here are Neena and Renu Budhraja and friends in Halloween costumes, 1988 in a picture donated by Manjula Budhraja. Do you have pictures from past a Halloween? 🎃 Share your Queens Halloween photos to be in our digital Halloween Parade on Instagram & to archive them with Queens Memory 👻 TAG us on IG or send your files our way: tinyurl.com/7d3c6nj3

Halloween Party held at the Mitchell-Linden Branch of the Queens Public Library, 1980. Did you go trick or treating at y...
10/28/2021

Halloween Party held at the Mitchell-Linden Branch of the Queens Public Library, 1980. Did you go trick or treating at your local branch? 🎃 Share your Queens Halloween photos to be in our digital Halloween Parade on Instagram & to archive them with Queens Memory 👻 TAG us on IG or send your files our way: tinyurl.com/7d3c6nj3

This Saturday at 11 am, tune in to "Virtual Saturday Science Lab with the Discovery Team: Creepy Chemistry" on the @QPLNYC page. Learn more about the chemistry behind Halloween stuff like slime and things that glow in the dark. 🔮

#QueensNYC #QPLDigitalArchives #QPL125

Halloween Party held at the Mitchell-Linden Branch of the Queens Public Library, 1980. Did you go trick or treating at your local branch? 🎃 Share your Queens Halloween photos to be in our digital Halloween Parade on Instagram & to archive them with Queens Memory 👻 TAG us on IG or send your files our way: tinyurl.com/7d3c6nj3

This Saturday at 11 am, tune in to "Virtual Saturday Science Lab with the Discovery Team: Creepy Chemistry" on the @QPLNYC page. Learn more about the chemistry behind Halloween stuff like slime and things that glow in the dark. 🔮

#QueensNYC #QPLDigitalArchives #QPL125

"The rice pudding that fed German immigrants in the nineteenth century wasn't too different from Kozy Shack's, so I deci...
10/27/2021

"The rice pudding that fed German immigrants in the nineteenth century wasn't too different from Kozy Shack's, so I decided to find the most traditional version still made here today. I headed to Glendale, Queens, to Stammitsch Pork Store, one of the city's last remaining German delis, in a Tudor storefront with heart-shaped cutouts in the shutters and mums in the windowboxes."

This month, Caitlin travels to Glendale, Queens, to one of the city's last authentic German delis in search of a signature version of rice pudding. This humble, homely dessert is an unsung staple in many of New York City's immigrant cuisines. From NoLiTa's sleek Rice to Riches outpost to the plastic Kozy Shack tubs on Gristedes shelves, rice pudding has been a cheap, rib-sticking comfort food for generations of New Yorkers.

Read more in her latest blog post at Sense and the City: http://citylore-senseandthecity.blogspot.com/2021/10/rice-puddingthat-humble-homely.html

#nycculture #nycarts #ricepudding

Calvary Cemetery was established in 1848 and is part of the "Queens Cemetery Belt” which grew after the Rural Cemeteries...
10/27/2021

Calvary Cemetery was established in 1848 and is part of the "Queens Cemetery Belt” which grew after the Rural Cemeteries Act of 1847 passed because cities were growing too fast to accommodate the dead.

1) A 1922 photo of the Alsop family burial plot in Old Cavalry Cemetery.
2) 1855 engraving of Old Calvary Cemetery showing Flushing Railroad in the foreground.
3) Calvary Cemetary 2001 by Anders Goldfarb

Have a spooky week! And remember to share your Queens Halloween photos to be in our digital Halloween Parade on Instagram & to archive them with Queens Memory using this submission form: https://airtable.com/shrJsP46ffXUS0cDw!
#QPLDigitalArchive
@qplnyc

Two Children in Halloween Masks in Coney Island, Brooklyn (1983) from the Anders Goldfarb Photographs Collection at @QPL...
10/26/2021

Two Children in Halloween Masks in Coney Island, Brooklyn (1983) from the Anders Goldfarb Photographs Collection at @QPLNYC. 👻 Queens Memory is celebrating Halloween this week and sharing images from the #QPLDigitalArchives. Tag @queensmemory in your spooky Halloween in Queens photos or add them to our archives! We'll have a virtual Halloween parade (in our IG stories!) on Friday and share tagged posts. 🎃 To be part of the QPL archives, click the link in our bio to submit your photos or videos through our online submission form.

Two Children in Halloween Masks in Coney Island, Brooklyn (1983) from the Anders Goldfarb Photographs Collection at @QPLNYC. 👻 Queens Memory is celebrating Halloween this week and sharing images from the #QPLDigitalArchives. Tag @queensmemory in your spooky Halloween in Queens photos or add them to our archives! We'll have a virtual Halloween parade (in our IG stories!) on Friday and share tagged posts. 🎃 To be part of the QPL archives, click the link in our bio to submit your photos or videos through our online submission form.

October 21, 1941 - Life Saver Candy parachute drop in the Amusement Zone at the 1939-40 NY World's Fair!  #QPLDigitalArc...
10/21/2021

October 21, 1941 - Life Saver Candy parachute drop in the Amusement Zone at the 1939-40 NY World's Fair! #QPLDigitalArchives #1939WorldsFair #WorldsFair #FlushingMeadowPark

October 21, 1941 - Life Saver Candy parachute drop in the Amusement Zone at the 1939-40 NY World's Fair! #QPLDigitalArchives #1939WorldsFair #WorldsFair #FlushingMeadowPark

Here is QM’s current Oral History Highlight! Dolores Fernandez-Alic describes how her Filipino father and Scandinavian m...
10/20/2021
Dolores Fernandez-Alic Oral History

Here is QM’s current Oral History Highlight!

Dolores Fernandez-Alic describes how her Filipino father and Scandinavian mother met and moved to Astoria, Queens. She shares the Filipino traditions and food she grew up with, including memories of Filipino beauty contests.

Click on the Link to Listen
http://ow.ly/JQ1850Gu9W0

Clip 1: Dolores describes how her Filipino father and Scandinavian mother met and how they moved to Astoria (Queens) just before she was born. She describes the Filipino traditions she grew up in her household, including memories of the food and Filipino beauty contests. Clip 2: Dolores

10/19/2021
Surviving & Thriving: Black and Latinx Faculty, Staff, and Students on Campus

What does it take for Black and Latinx faculty, staff, and students to not only survive, but thrive in higher education? Join us for a roundtable discussion and presentation of oral history clips from Queens Memory/Queens College Special Collections & Archives.

This program is sponsored by the Queens Memory Project, a collaboration of Queens College Library and Queens Public Library.

Speakers:

Jessica Alejandro, who is a Queens College Graduate student majoring in Special Education 1-6

Norka Blackman-Richards, who is the Director of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Queens College

Marco F Navarro, who is the Director of the Writing Center at Queens College and a Lecturer of English

Nathaniel Smiths who is the Director of NYC Men Teach of the City University of New York (CUNY) at Queens College

#OnThisDay Postmarked October 18, 1906 - this postcard shows Flushing Hose Company Number 3, one of 7 volunteer fire dep...
10/18/2021

#OnThisDay Postmarked October 18, 1906 - this postcard shows Flushing Hose Company Number 3, one of 7 volunteer fire departments that operated in Flushing at the time. With the consolidation of the five boroughs as the Greater City of New York, the mayor closed volunteer departments in favor of paid professionals in 1908. #QPLDigitalArchives

#OnThisDay Postmarked October 18, 1906 - this postcard shows Flushing Hose Company Number 3, one of 7 volunteer fire departments that operated in Flushing at the time. With the consolidation of the five boroughs as the Greater City of New York, the mayor closed volunteer departments in favor of paid professionals in 1908. #QPLDigitalArchives

It's #HomeMovieDay! Join our @amiaatnyu colleagues at @nyumiap today at 1 pm for a takeover of Queens Memory on Instagra...
10/16/2021

It's #HomeMovieDay! Join our @amiaatnyu colleagues at @nyumiap today at 1 pm for a takeover of Queens Memory on Instagram. Send us your Qs about home movies (film, video, digital, any medium!) to have them answered live!

📸: [not a home movie but still a cool photo!] "Portrait of a Port" - Shot of Filming the Movie in a Boat 22 Miles from Lower Manhattan and 7 Miles from Rockaway Point - This photo shows an Ambrose Light Station, a 6 Million Candle Power Lighthouse. From the Port Authority Subject files of the Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens Records at the Archives at Queens at @qplnyc.

It's #HomeMovieDay! Join our @amiaatnyu colleagues at @nyumiap today at 1 pm for a takeover of Queens Memory on Instagram. Send us your Qs about home movies (film, video, digital, any medium!) to have them answered live!

📸: [not a home movie but still a cool photo!] "Portrait of a Port" - Shot of Filming the Movie in a Boat 22 Miles from Lower Manhattan and 7 Miles from Rockaway Point - This photo shows an Ambrose Light Station, a 6 Million Candle Power Lighthouse. From the Port Authority Subject files of the Chamber of Commerce of the Borough of Queens Records at the Archives at Queens at @qplnyc.

Image: The Long Island Collection Stacks (Archives) at the old Central Branch of the Queens Public Library at 89-14 Pars...
10/13/2021

Image: The Long Island Collection Stacks (Archives) at the old Central Branch of the Queens Public Library at 89-14 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, December 29, 1939.

Today is #AskAnArchivist Day! Comment here or DM us with any questions about Queens Public Library's physical archives or the #QPLDigitalArchives. Or maybe you need advice digitizing your own photos or videos or creating your own archive. Send us any archives-related Qs!

Any Qs about home movies (film, video, digital, any medium!) may also be answered live on Saturday 10/16 starting at 1 pm, when our colleagues from the AMIA Student Chapter at NYU will do a #HomeMovieDay takeover of the Queens Memory page. Join us!

Image: The Long Island Collection Stacks (Archives) at the old Central Branch of the Queens Public Library at 89-14 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, December 29, 1939.

Today is #AskAnArchivist Day! Comment here or DM us with any questions about Queens Public Library's physical archives or the #QPLDigitalArchives. Or maybe you need advice digitizing your own photos or videos or creating your own archive. Send us any archives-related Qs!

Any Qs about home movies (film, video, digital, any medium!) may also be answered live on Saturday 10/16 starting at 1 pm, when our colleagues from the AMIA Student Chapter at NYU will do a #HomeMovieDay takeover of the Queens Memory page. Join us!

Today is #NationalFarmersDay! To honor Queens not so distant past as farmland, here's a picture from early 1923 of the D...
10/12/2021

Today is #NationalFarmersDay! To honor Queens not so distant past as farmland, here's a picture from early 1923 of the Debevoise Farm Barn on the SW corner of Cooper Ave & 60th Ln. It was John Moses Debevoise Farm in the mid-19th Century & much earlier Remsen family land. The barn was demolished in late 1923 to make way for residential buildings. House at left is under construction. #QPLDigitalArchives

Queens Memory is hiring! We're looking for a part-time audiovisual curator and eight bilingual audio producers (fluent i...
10/07/2021
Now Hiring! – Queens Memory

Queens Memory is hiring! We're looking for a part-time audiovisual curator and eight bilingual audio producers (fluent in Bangla, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Tagalog, Tibetan, or Urdu). Full listings here: https://queensmemory.org/now-hiring/

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Timeline Photos
10/07/2021

Timeline Photos

It’s National Walk to School Day! 🎒📚🏫

This day was established in 1997 by the National Center for Safe Routes to School to build awareness for the need for walkable communities.

In this photo from February 21, 1940, a group of students walks on the Flushing High School campus in Queens. Growing up in NYC, did you walk to school? Do your children walk or bike to school? What is your favorite route to school and why?

Share your story with the Neighborhood Stories project!
Sign up and share your story with us: https://bit.ly/3uw7eOQ.

#neighborhoodstories #nycarchives #oralhistory #nychistory #historicnyc #nationalwalktoschoolday #walktoschoolday #walktoschool #walk #walking #walknyc #saferoutestoschool #flushinghighschool #queens #nyc

Check out Queens Memories current Oral History Highlight! Francisco Tecaxco is a Worker Rights Coordinator based in Jack...
10/06/2021

Check out Queens Memories current Oral History Highlight!

Francisco Tecaxco is a Worker Rights Coordinator based in Jackson Heights at New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) - Follow the link to hear about his work & the challenges immigrant workers face.

http://ow.ly/zy1x50Gms9M

Check out Queens Memories current Oral History Highlight!

Francisco Tecaxco is a Worker Rights Coordinator based in Jackson Heights at New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) - Follow the link to hear about his work & the challenges immigrant workers face.

http://ow.ly/zy1x50Gms9M

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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/