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Attention all Queens writers — and we know you’re out there — the Newtown Literary Alliance is holding workshops you may be interested in.
The nonprofit who brought us the Newtown Literary journal will offer a workshop and a 10-week writing course this fall.
Queens College Art Center, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, the mixed-media oil portraits and paintings of Dominican-American artist Jennie Santos. Through Thursday, June 27, Free. Call (718) 997-5597.
Queens Historical Society art exhibit — Practicing Equality: Quakers in Queens. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. $5 adults; $3 students, seniors; free for members. Reception: 2 p.m., Sunday, June 23. RSVP by June 14. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. Information: (718) 939-0647, ext. 17.
“Gravity of the Sculpture: Part II” will remain on display at The Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, through July 3. Call (718) 937-6317, email email@example.com or visit dorsky.org.
The 300 year old Leverich family burial ground needs a cleanup.
The grassy Jackson Heights lot sits behind several residences facing Leverich Street and 35th Avenue at 71st Street. There is no public access and no visible gravestones, but people have found a way to throw trash into the only remaining relic of the prominent Newtown family’s homestead, which was part of the 17th century settlement of Trains Meadow.
Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, is looking for artists and architects with a deadline of Jan. 7. Visit socratessculpturepark.org, click on the exhibition tab and search for artist opportunities for more information and to print out an application.
Queens Historical Society presents “Permanent Residence: Uncovering the Cemeteries of Queens” through April at the Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave. in Flushing. Call (718) 939-0647, ext. 17 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elected and civic leaders were among the more than 100 people who came to Fresh Meadows on Sunday in an attempt to save a colonial family cemetery from development.
The Brinckerhoff Cemetery, located on 182nd Street, has had more than 70 recorded burials between 1730 and the late 1870s.
What’s in a name?
When it comes to seven Queens schools slated to be closed in June and reopened with new names in September, William Shakespeare was wrong, Queens historian Richard Hourahan said. When the schools, which the city voted to close last week, open their doors again with new names, they will not smell just as sweet.
Western Queens had a big year news-wise. Protests as far-flung as the Middle East and as close as Wall Street impacted Astoria and Jackson Heights, while homegrown stories — like the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge and the ongoing transformation of Queens’ waterfront — kept our reporters busy.
The fight for gay marriage rights, an issue taken up by openly gay Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), culminated in New York State’s first legal gay marriages.
Everyone agrees that Maspeth needs parkland, and no one is saying that the effort to put a park on the site of the old Saint Saviour’s Church is dead.
But advocates of the proposal are expressing their disappointment in the city’s Parks Department and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who are redirecting their efforts — and money — at least for the time being.
The Newtown Historical Society announced on Monday that it replaced the deteriorating plaque on a monument dedicated to Astoria’s founding family at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth.
The weathered plaque, which marks a plot that contains the remains of William Hallet and his descendants that were transferred from the family’s graveyard at Hallet’s Cove to the cemetery in 1905, was replaced after efforts by the historical society, as well as Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria).
Though there have been several developments over the last three weeks on different fronts surrounding the St. Saviour’s site in Maspeth, the future of the land is still unclear.
Since June 17, five stop-work orders have been issued by the Department of Buildings to the owner, Maspeth Development, LLC. However, several neighbors have snapped photos and sent emails detailing sporadic construction work on a small part of the 2.5-acre parcel. Maspeth Development is trying to move forward with a plan to build warehouses on a quarter of the site.
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.
The activist leading the fight to bring a public park to the St. Saviour’s site and a state senator this week called on the Department of Buildings to enforce a stop-work order on the land.
In pictures sent Tuesday by Newtown Historical Society President Christina Wilkinson to members of the media and elected officials, crews could be seen using heavy construction equipment on part of the 2.5-acre plot. According to DOB records, a partial stop-work order was issued in November 2009.
Three Department of Environmental Protection projects, totaling more than $677,000, will be constructed in Queens to reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in New York Harbor.
DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway announced the projects last Thursday, noting that they will alleviate overflows during heavy rainstorms when the sewer system sometimes reaches capacity and discharges stormwater and wastewater into the city’s waterways.
More than 80 people last Saturday rallied outside the St. Saviour’s site in Maspeth, urging the city to acquire the land — by purchase or through eminent domain — and turn it into a green space.
Organized by Newtown Historical Society President Christina Wilkinson, the demonstration is the latest salvo in the push for a public park on the 2.5-acre plot that began in 2006.
As the owner recently began constructing warehouses on a portion of the land on which historic St. Saviour’s church and parsonage once stood, the activist who has spearheaded the push to have a public park installed at the site said the Bloomberg administration has options to acquire the property, but is dragging its feet.
Christina Wilkinson, president of the Newtown Historical Society, said the Department of Parks and Recreation should have started the Universal Land Use Review Procedure prior to the city entering into negotiations with the owner, Maspeth Development LLC, which according to the Parks website, is actually the last step in the property acquisition process.