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The modern supermarket got its start in Queens. The popular board game Scrabble was invented here. The only national park that can be reached by subway is located here.
These are but a few of the lesser-known facts about the borough that emerged, along with a historical perspective, as a lineup of the cognoscenti gathered on Friday to lead a celebration in honor of the most diversified place on Earth.
Yasmin Belkhyr uses prose to try to find her footing.
Not in a tragic way that lacks confidence, but eloquently crafting poetry and short stories that attempt to sort out how this Moroccan-born Astoria-native feels at home in both countries, but like an outsider as well.
The Panorama of the City of New York gives visitors to the Queens Museum of Art an opportunity to see the famous sites of the city all in one day, and in miniature. And for the trivia and geography masters, it tests their knowledge of New York history.
On Friday, March 1, visitors can participate in the 6th annual Panorama Challenge, hosted by Levy’s Unique New York!, The Queens Museum of Art and The City Reliquary. They will be asked questions with audio and visual help from the sprawling NYC replica.
The ongoing civil war between two factions of the Queens Republican Party is flaring up again — just in time for the 2013 city elections.
It all began when Queens Republican leaders failed to appropriately renominate Judith Stupp as the borough’s GOP commissioner on the Board of Elections by the Jan. 31 deadline. Stupp, a district leader from Bayside, is a key ally of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.
The communities surrounding Jamaica Bay suffered a massive hit from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, but when the 8-10 feet of water rose on shore in Rosedale, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, and coastal Brooklyn, the place where the water came from also paid a heavy toll.
Jamaica Bay — home to one of the greatest environmental comeback stories in recent decades — may have taken a step back as a result of last month’s hurricane.
Driving down the ramp toward Shore Front Parkway off the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, it is common to catch the red light at the end of the ramp before the Rockaway Freeway.
But the view from the stop light has changed. Now, the view is uninterrupted straight to the ocean.
More than 500 works of art are showcased at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Park, El Museo del Barrio and The Studio Museum in Harlem to celebrate June, Caribbean American Heritage month.
The exhibit, dubbed “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” includes books, paintings, sculptures, photographs, historic artifacts and videos, which span more than 400 years of history, deriving from countries in the Caribbean, Europe and North America.
The three poets who will take the stage at the Queens Museum of Art this Saturday know what it is to straddle boundaries.
Formerly of Argentina, Colombia and Puerto Rico, the two Queens residents and one from the Bronx have left childhood homes behind, crossing waters to live in places wildly different from what they had once known, where they must speak other languages, navigate foreign cultures and translate what it means to be a poet on the United States’ East Coast.
The Colonial-style community situated on 37 acres northwest of where Main Street leaps over the Grand Central Parkway was conceived and built in 1947 to house employees of the new United Nations. The housing was carefully planned and a factor in basing the UN here in New York City. It was called Parkway Village.
The atmosphere of diversity and acceptance at the complex reflects the values that have been a trademark of the borough since the 1657 declaration of religious freedom known as the Flushing Remonstrance.
As if it wasn’t enough for the Queens Library to manage over a million books, the library also seeks to preserve and catalog the history of Queens. To that end, it’s home to over 150,000 photographs, 6,000 maps and hundreds of thousands of manuscripts depicting “the history, the geology, the geography” of Long Island, including Queens and Brooklyn, said John Hyslop, the digital assets manager for the library.
But until an enterprising library studies grad student got involved, the library’s collection had one notable gap: audio recordings.
The New York City Panorama in the Queens Museum of Art got a temporary addition of “Silicon City” last weekend, but promoters are hoping it will become a reality in the future.
Jukay Hsu, founder of the Coalition for Queens, gathered elected officials who support his plan at the iconic Panorama on Friday afternoon to pitch his dream. “There is a lot of interest in building a tech hub in Queens,” Hsu said. “We can create a Silicon City with research and businesses for the 21st century.”
Glimpses of life in Queens long before it was given the name were on display last weekend when the 33rd annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow was held over three days at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park.
Gov. Cuomo on Friday set the special elections for one Queens Congressional and two state Assembly seats for Sept. 13, which is primary day.
A student notebook from 1884, in-house student publications, old yearbooks from Newtown and other area high schools, a photograph of the Flushing High School band circa 1923, a pencil dating back to 1814: they are all here.
If you wanted to know what it was like to be a child in our county in the past, “Growing Up Queens: A Study of Childhood In Our Unique Borough,”on display at the Queens Historical Society’s Kingsland Homestead in Flushing may provide some answers.
Walk into the new Children’s Library and Discovery Center in Jamaica and one can not help but be mesmerized by the playful colors and artful design of the space, but beyond that there are a variety of books, computers and interactive exhibits to challenge the mind.
The $40 million facility is part of the Central Library in Jamaica and will open the first week of July, but officials gave the Chronicle an exclusive inside peak at the space on Friday.
A 17-month project to renovate the Meadow Lake boathouse, built for the 1939 World’s Fair, will open in July at Flushing Meadows Park.
The $6 million makeover will be finished in time for the major summer boating season. The faciity is used by TASKA, a sailing group; Row NY, a student program; and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Races, which are scheduled for Aug. 13 and 14.
City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Queens Library Chief Executive Officer Tom Galante recently toured the Queens Library at Rego Park to check out the newly installed 24/7 self-service return kiosks.
The technology, funded in part by more than $250,000 secured through Koslowitz’s office, enables customers in Rego Park to check their own materials in and out.
New York City’s last remaining bicycle manufacturer, based in Ozone Park, is hoping the city it has called home for more than a century will select it for an upcoming bike sharing program.
Alba Delgado, 50, of Glendale was tired of looking at her computer like it was some kind of scary foreign object, so she decided to do something about it. She is taking advantage of a computer class for older adults at the Ridgewood branch of the Queens Public Library.
Here we go again; the MTA is raising tolls for all the wrong people. Drivers from Bayside and Throgs Neck (along with other outerborough communities) will be asked to shell out another dollar round trip to pay for a transit system they do not use.
The Taxi and For Hire Vehicle Driver Institute at LaGuardia Community College is now offering courses on New York City geography and landmarks, English for cab drivers and a TLC exam preparation.
It’s nearly time to stand up and be counted.