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Fair’s civic legacy

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Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:59 pm, Thu May 29, 2014.

Dear Editor:

I have greatly enjoyed reading your many stories about the 50th anniversary of the New York World’s Fair. I have shared memories with family and friends and even dug out an old World’s Fair button and guidebook.

I would like to mention that a great community organization, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary, was established as a direct result of the World’s Fair. Anticipating millions of visitors coming to Queens, the residents of Broadway-Flushing were very worried that homes might be converted into illegal boarding houses with front lawns becoming parking lots. A small group of concerned citizens joined forces and established the Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association.

For half a century scores of volunteers have worked tirelessly to protect and conserve a beautiful community. They have been successful in supporting zoning regulations and defending a covenant designed to safeguard the integrity of the neighborhood. Their efforts have received many commendations over the years. I warmly salute the organization.

Joe Brostek
The writer is a longtime member of the BFHA.

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