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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

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Mrs. Mary Ann Shaw in 1890, Principal of the Colored School at #FlushingQueens. Her husband was John W. A. Shaw, Ministe...
02/08/2021

Mrs. Mary Ann Shaw in 1890, Principal of the Colored School at #FlushingQueens. Her husband was John W. A. Shaw, Minister of the Flushing AME Church. She left $1,000 to the Flushing Free Library (Now QPL). #QPLDigitalArchives #blackwomeninhistory #blackvictorians

Learn about Aurora Gareiss and the long fight to keep Udall's Cove in Queens a protected wetland in this interactive sto...
02/05/2021
Aurora Gareiss: Champion of Udalls Cove

Learn about Aurora Gareiss and the long fight to keep Udall's Cove in Queens a protected wetland in this interactive story made by QPL Digital Archive for the Urban Archive #leadership series. #nycnature

Udalls Cove is a 30-acre inlet off of Little Neck Bay in the northeast Queens neighborhoods of Douglaston & Little Neck. Named after an 18th Century merchant whose descendants owned the Saddle Rock Mill in Great Neck until 1950, Udalls Cove protects one of the few remaining salt marsh wetlands, whic...

#TBT to an event that Queens Memory & the Forest Hills Asian Association (FHAA) did in 2016 with the photographer & #Que...
02/04/2021

#TBT to an event that Queens Memory & the Forest Hills Asian Association (FHAA) did in 2016 with the photographer & #Queens native Corky Lee. RIP #CorkyLee - you were a tireless visual record keeper of the Asian American experience in NYC & will be greatly missed. #ForestHills

TODAY at 4 pm, streaming on the Queens Memory page 〰️ Join Queens Native and Licensed Tour Guide Adrienne Onofr...
02/04/2021

TODAY at 4 pm, streaming on the Queens Memory page 〰️ Join Queens Native and Licensed Tour Guide Adrienne Onofri on the first of three virtual walking tours, “Jackson Heights & COVID-19: Diverse Experiences in a Diverse Community,” as she explores how the pandemic is affecting the community. Outdoor dining, open streets, COVID testing sites and vaccination centers are altering how the neighborhood looks this winter. Ms Onofri will escort us virtually through the neighborhood to show us how the community is adjusting.

Photo by Maria Terrone, Jackson Heights, 2020.

Very excited to announce a new series of generative writing workshops facilitated by Nadia Misir (@marigoldtief). Regist...
02/02/2021

Very excited to announce a new series of generative writing workshops facilitated by Nadia Misir (@marigoldtief). Registration link in bio for the first session on Tuesday 2/23 at 4 pm.

Posted @withregram • @marigoldtief excited to facilitate this free generative writing workshop on grief + gratitude + joy as part of my @jamaica_flux project in collaboration with @queensmemory ✨🙏🏾 ✨open to all, but pls come through especially if you’re from/live in/have a connection to jamaica queens 🌸 if you can’t make it to the feb 23rd session, you can catch it again on march 2nd 🌸 many thanks to @letsreimagine and @queensmemory for the support + platform to hold this 🌸 link in bio/DM me if you have any questions about how to register 🌸

Where does your grief live? How do you live with your grief? How can poetry become a space of communal grieving where we can lean on each other’s words for comfort, clarity and empathy?

Processing grief can be deeply personal and different for everyone. Grief can make its home in our bodies, in our hearts, in our minds, in the spaces loved ones once occupied. It can call out to us from objects, articles of clothing, food and street corners.

In these generative writing workshops facilitated by Nadia Misir, participants will gather virtually to read and discuss poems that explore themes of grief, gratitude and joy. We will think about and discuss different craft techniques and forms each poet uses to make their griefs, joys and gratitudes come to life on the page. Each writing session will include three writing exercises and time for participants to share what they’ve worked on.

Taking Your Poetic Pulse is presented in collaboration with the Queens Memory Project and as part of the facilitator’s Jamaica Flux 2021 project. Participants will be invited to share materials generated in the workshops during a virtual reading hosted by Queens Memory on Facebook live on March 16th at 4pm EST. Participants will also be invited to submit their work to be archived in the Queens Memory Collections at queenslib.org/covid.

Happy Birthday to the great Langston Hughes born on this day in 1902! Here he is in 1938 speaking and reciting poetry be...
02/01/2021

Happy Birthday to the great Langston Hughes born on this day in 1902! Here he is in 1938 speaking and reciting poetry before the press and the UN "Comite De Coordination" in Paris, after returning from observing the war in Spain. photo from #QPLDigitalArchive #langstonhughes

We join in mourning the loss of Corky Lee, premier chronicler of the Asian-American experience, to COVID-19. We were for...
01/29/2021

We join in mourning the loss of Corky Lee, premier chronicler of the Asian-American experience, to COVID-19. We were fortunate to have Mr. Lee exhibit some of his photos and speak at the May 2016 event we co-hosted with the Forest Hills Asian Association at the Forest Hills Library (see below). A Queens native, Mr. Lee was also an alumnus of Queens College. May he rest in peace.

The Forest Hills Asian Association mourns the passing of our friend @Corky Lee, the Undisputed, Unofficial , Asian American Photographer Laureate. Corky exhibited some of his photos at our 2016 May APA Heritage month event at the Forest Hills Library. He was also a guest speaker at our FHAA Holiday party in Dec. 2018 and we awarded him with a Certificate of Appreciation. Here is a mini tribute in pictures to him. Please share your memories of Corky if you have. Rest in peace Corky and thank you for all that you have done for the Asian American community.

#tbt A roller-skating duo skates at the Roller Round Skating Rink in the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Cor...
01/28/2021

#tbt A roller-skating duo skates at the Roller Round Skating Rink in the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park back in January 1972. #QPLDigitalArchives #RollerSkating #FlushingMeadowsCoronaPark #NYstatePavillion

"... my mother is an essential worker at a hospital and work has been hard for her because she has to take the risk of b...
01/26/2021

"... my mother is an essential worker at a hospital and work has been hard for her because she has to take the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 at work everyday, but she is an inspiration to me for the hard work and sacrifices she has made." - Brayden Diu

Catch up on our conversation with @barbee_bravo, @camioneera, @rejinl and @lisawade325 of the @southeastqueensartists di...
01/21/2021

Catch up on our conversation with @barbee_bravo, @camioneera, @rejinl and @lisawade325 of the @southeastqueensartists discussing their work in the new virtual exhibition, “Emerging from Isolation - Notes on the Pandemic.” 〰️LINK IN BIO〰️

Posted @withregram • @southeastqueensartists A huge thank you to those who attended our Artists in Conversation with @queensmemory yesterday! In case you missed the talk, you can watch it on @queensmemory page.

📷 Credit: @damaliabrams

#emergingfromisolation #notesonthepandemic #covidcreations #artistsinconversation #art #artwork #Queens #southeastqueens #southeastqueensartists
#queensmemory #queensartfund #queenscouncilonthearts

Time to Dance! #nationalDJday - Walking into Sunshine from DJ Bobbito Garcia's record stack in 2014 - photo Jennifer Dav...
01/20/2021

Time to Dance! #nationalDJday - Walking into Sunshine from DJ Bobbito Garcia's record stack in 2014 - photo Jennifer Davoren #QPLDigitalArchives

Please follow the link to learn about The Floating Hospital - Started in 1866 as charitable summer excursions & clinic o...
01/19/2021
The Floating Hospital

Please follow the link to learn about The Floating Hospital - Started in 1866 as charitable summer excursions & clinic on a boat for those in need - The Floating Hospital is now a clinic based in Long Island City, Queens! From Queens Public Library & Urban Archive

The Floating Hospital began in 1866 as a series of charitable summer excursions, organized by the New York Times, for the benefit of newsboys and the needy, to escape the smoggy, sweltering city. Around 1873 the St. John's Guild took over the organization of the trips, and in 1875, the guild purchas...

#tbt Demolition of the last section of the old Penn Station in January 1966 - the loss of this grand building sparked th...
01/14/2021

#tbt Demolition of the last section of the old Penn Station in January 1966 - the loss of this grand building sparked the urban preservation movement & comes full circle with the new Moynihan Train Hall - photo by Ron Ziel #QPLArchives #pennstation #oldpennstation

Join us on Facebook Live next Tuesday 1/19 at 4 pm and meet artists Natali Bravo-Barbee (@barbee_bravo, whose work appea...
01/12/2021

Join us on Facebook Live next Tuesday 1/19 at 4 pm and meet artists Natali Bravo-Barbee (@barbee_bravo, whose work appears in this post), Jacqueline Herranz Brooks (@camioneera), Rejin Leys (@rejinl) and Lisa D. Wade (@lisawade325), whose work will be featured in “Emerging from Isolation - Notes on the Pandemic,” an exhibition organized by the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (@southeastqueensartists).

From SEQAA’s exhibition announcement: “Some artists work in seclusion by choice, but not all. Restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected an unprecedented, collective experience of self-isolation. This exhibition offers examples of what South East Queens Alliance (SEQAA) artists have created that reflect their perseverance in spite of this global health crisis.”

This exhibition is funded by Queens Art Fund, Queens Council on the Arts (@qnsarts), and is hosted by York College Fine Arts Gallery, where it will be on view from January 15-February 26, 2021.

SEQAA is a collective of artists and arts professionals seeking to cultivate and preserve artistic expression where they live. Their mission is to support local artists and offer cultural programming in Queens. SEQAA has participated in the ongoing conversations surrounding neighborhood development, gentrification, and the central role artists play in Queens. 

Image courtesy of Natali Bravo-Barbee.

Got Milk? It's #nationalmilkday Check out this photo from the #QPLDigitalArchives of the Eichele Bros. Dairy Wagon, take...
01/11/2021

Got Milk? It's #nationalmilkday Check out this photo from the #QPLDigitalArchives of the Eichele Bros. Dairy Wagon, taken in South Ozone Park in 1910.

Link in bio! ⭐️ Posted @withregram • @qplnyc Have you registered yet?! Reserve your spot for this transformative and tot...
01/08/2021

Link in bio! ⭐️ Posted @withregram • @qplnyc Have you registered yet?! Reserve your spot for this transformative and totally free virtual event! The Black Health and Healing Virtual Summit is Feb. 5th & 6th. Don’t miss top medical experts and entertainers discussing topics that matter to you. We’re talking mental health, better sleep, music and health, parenting, postpartum issues, health equity and so much more. Join us for virtual panels, lectures and interactive workshops. Register now—it’s free!⠀

Register today at the link in our bio or visit http://bit.ly/BHH2021⠀
or learn more at http://blackhealth.queenslibrary.org⠀

Presented by Queens Public Library and @bc_ala⠀

#BHH2021 #BCALA #mentalhealth #blackhealthmatters #blackhealthandwellness #healthandwellness #queenspubliclibrary #mentalhealthmatters #blackhealth #blackhealthlifestyle #fitness #healthyliving #parenting #postpartumjourney

"My neighbors and I pre-Covid were very social and friendly and would see each other daily in the halls and around the c...
01/07/2021

"My neighbors and I pre-Covid were very social and friendly and would see each other daily in the halls and around the community. Now, because of lock-down, we rarely see each other. And, when we do, it is from a 6 ft distance and all we can do is wave at each other and keep on going. It is lonely for us, especially for the seniors who live alone."- Cherise Davis #QueensCovid

Wishing you peace and good health in the new year, from all of us at Queens Memory.
01/04/2021

Wishing you peace and good health in the new year, from all of us at Queens Memory.

Wishing you peace and good health in the new year, from all of us at Queens Memory.
01/04/2021

Wishing you peace and good health in the new year, from all of us at Queens Memory.

Rainbow in Astoria - April 2020, by Megan Green #QueensCovid #AstoriaQueens #Ditmars #rainbowwindow
12/29/2020

Rainbow in Astoria - April 2020, by Megan Green #QueensCovid #AstoriaQueens #Ditmars #rainbowwindow

On Sunday, December 27th @ 7:00pm, join artist, Sophia Dawson and Black Panther veteran, Yasmeen Majid, as they explore ...
12/24/2020

On Sunday, December 27th @ 7:00pm, join artist, Sophia Dawson and Black Panther veteran, Yasmeen Majid, as they explore the progression of Black people in spite of resistance and struggles. Hosted by the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center at Queens Public Library. Register at www.tinyurl.com/determinationlh

#tbt Christmas in Jamaica Queens back in 1971! Allen & Richard Howard pose for the camera in front of the Christmas tree...
12/24/2020

#tbt Christmas in Jamaica Queens back in 1971! Allen & Richard Howard pose for the camera in front of the Christmas tree. #QPLArchives #christmaseve #1970s #jamaicaqueens #1971

Man made sand hills at Rockaway Beach for beach restoration after Hurricane Sandy back in December 2012 #rockawaybeach #...
12/22/2020

Man made sand hills at Rockaway Beach for beach restoration after Hurricane Sandy back in December 2012 #rockawaybeach #hurricanesandy #QPLArchives

Throughout the last decades of the 20th Century, Anders Goldfarb documented the beauty and sadness of everyday life in B...
12/21/2020
Goldfarb's Boardwalk

Throughout the last decades of the 20th Century, Anders Goldfarb documented the beauty and sadness of everyday life in Brooklyn and Queens. Follow the link to view this story at Urban Archive using images from QPL Archive's Goldfarb Collecton!
https://www.urbanarchive.org/stories/x2i5rwFpfSb

Throughout the last decades of the 20th Century, Anders Goldfarb documented the beauty and sadness of everyday life in Brooklyn and Queens. Among the neighborhoods Goldfarb documented was Coney Island's Boardwalk. Here is a striking selection of the photographs that Goldfarb captured there.

#OnThisDay December 18, 1902, the LIRR Long Island City rail terminal's station burned down. This #GlassPlateNegative by...
12/18/2020

#OnThisDay December 18, 1902, the LIRR Long Island City rail terminal's station burned down. This #GlassPlateNegative by Hal B. Fullerton shows the aftermath. #QPLArchives #LongIslandCity #longislandrailroad #1902

#SnowIsComing are you ready? Here is Manjula Budhraja & daughter Neena in the snow back in #1981 in #WoodhavenQueens #QP...
12/15/2020

#SnowIsComing are you ready? Here is Manjula Budhraja & daughter Neena in the snow back in #1981 in #WoodhavenQueens #QPLArchives

Very excited to be partnering with 10 of our community libraries as part of our new Queens Memory Ambassadors Program. W...
12/15/2020

Very excited to be partnering with 10 of our community libraries as part of our new Queens Memory Ambassadors Program. We’ll be featuring these projects in the coming months, starting with @ridgewoodlibraryqueens. DM us if you’d like to participate or volunteer with this project!

Posted @withregram • @ridgewoodlibraryqueens 🎨Attention artists living in Ridgewood, Middle Village, Glendale, and Maspeth!🎨

Are you interested in sharing your experience working during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Email [email protected] /[email protected] for more information.

Follow @queensmemory to check out what your fellow Queens residents are up to with the COVID-19 Project!

What was happening in Queens around the time of the 1918 pandemic? Farmland was being developed for city dweller tired o...
12/11/2020

What was happening in Queens around the time of the 1918 pandemic? Farmland was being developed for city dweller tired of crowded conditions! Here's a flyer advertising a fast commute, garden apartments, & playgrounds out in Jackson Heights. #QPLArchives #JacksonHeights

12/11/2020

We are grateful to the @bklynlibrary’s Borrowed podcast team for inviting us and @thecityny to collaborate on Missing Them, a special episode on grief and mourning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we can move forward as a community. The episode features excerpts from oral history interviews collected by our Brooklyn colleagues and our Queens Memory volunteers over the last nine months. This excerpt includes Bonnie Dixon, president of Maple Grove Cemetery, talking about the difficulties of mourning while social distancing. Listen to the full episode at the link in our bio.

This weekend, @THECITYNY has organized three days to gather and share memories of loved ones lost to COVID-19. More information about the #MissingThem memorial event is also at the link in our bio.

Like so many, we at Queens Memory are reflecting on this difficult, long year and the loved ones we have lost to the pan...
12/10/2020
Missing Them

Like so many, we at Queens Memory are reflecting on this difficult, long year and the loved ones we have lost to the pandemic. Grieving is so hard as we're all isolating but sharing stories, even remotely, can be a comfort. We're grateful to have collaborated on this episode with our friends at Brooklyn Public Library's Borrowed podcast to remember together and to look to the future with hope.

Thank you to everyone who has shared stories with us this year and a special thank you to Catherine LaSota, Lydia Howrilka, Fran Kipnis and Bonnie Dixon of Maple Grove Cemetery for sharing your thoughts and your time.

Krissa Corbett Cavouras Hi there — we just wanted to let you know that this episode is about grief and death during the pandemic. And, we’re talking about it because we believe archiving people’s stories at the library is important, but if listening to people’s stories of death is hitting to...

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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/