Queens was an occupied territory for seven years after General Washington lost the battle of Long Island in 1776. Martial law then set in. The red coats occupied the homes of Queens citizens.
General William Howe, the British commander,who beat Washington, occupied the Samuel Renne house on the south side of Queens Boulevard and 57th Avenue. In the 1930s, a young speculator, Edward Pierman of Maspeth, bought the house.
When the new IND subway came directly through in front of this house, he sold it at a great profit in 1937 and it was then demolished. You can see part of the Elmwood Theater to the left of the photo.
Today no plaque or marker stands to commemorate the famous general, who historians have forever branded and condemned for allowing rebels to survive as long as they did and was blamed for losing the war and ultimately the 13 colonies.
Note: I will be presenting a free Power Point photo program of Maspeth at the Queens Library, 69-70 Grand Ave., on Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m.