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Kwamé Holland was born in Queens on March 28, 1973. Kwamé means born on Saturday; however, his mother choose the name in honor of the first prime minister of Ghana, Kwamé Nkrumah.His father, Tahir, and mother, Carol Drew, fostered a love of m…

Nearing the end of a winter marked by heavier than usual snowfall, the deadliest pandemic in a century, rising crime and political chaos, seeing some flowers poke their happy faces above the ground may be just what some folks need.And the Que…

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Did you ever look at the works of art in a museum and wonder what the artist saw before even starting to create?The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning has teamed up with 20 artists to give the public a view of just that creative process i…

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Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Neb. on May 19, 1925 to Minister Earl and Louise Little. His parents were followers of Marcus Garvey and nurtured his principles of black self-determination into their eight children. Malcolm decided to chang…

To immerse yourself in this year’s Winter Art Show, all you need to do is turn up your computer screen’s brightness and turn on the speakers — the Bayside Historical Society has moved its annual exhibit from its Fort Totten Castle into your l…

How appropriate that the New York Hall of Science in Corona is now offering, among many online activities, one called “Transmissions: Gone Viral,” giving participants a chance to get involved in the investigation of a mysterious virus.The act…

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George and Rebecca Latimer were born into slavery in Norfolk, Va.They fled to Chelsea, Mass. in 1842 to be free. Quincy Lewis Howard Latimer was born there on Sept. 4, 1848. At 17, he dropped the first name Quincy and joined the Union navy as…

Snagging Valentine’s Day reservations has always been difficult and will be even harder this year — indoor dining venues will only be allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity. Luckily for those who couldn’t grab a table quickly enough, the p…

The doors to the New York Hall of Science in Flushing may be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but that has not stopped the innovative proprietors from sharing many of its attractions online.“NYSCI offers a wide range of activities in w…

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James Kilmeade, born in Longford, Ireland, in 1905, came to New York in 1925, became a citizen and married in 1930. His son James Jr. was born in 1931. He became a restaurateur, with Kilmeade’s of Long Island City and Kilmeade’s Inn of Manhas…

“I had everything but I had nothing,” Mets legend Darryl Strawberry writes in his new book, “Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life,” published by Zondervan.Strawberry was an eight-time All-Star outfielder who won titles with t…

With families still unable to head out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturdays to being their kids to the Queens Museum, museum officials wanted to come up with other ways to bring the museum and its art exhibits to families.The weekly F…

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Albert de Matteo was born poor in the Bronx in 1932, one of seven children. After graduating from NYU he opened up a furniture store on Steinway Street in Astoria. He married Donna Bendinetti in 1960. They moved into an apartment building at …

Alley Pond Environmental Center is not afraid to brave the cold winter weather and has scheduled an array of nature adventures as part of its adult programming, as well as some warmer indoor events aimed at stimulating its participants’ creat…

Three things to know about the East River: It is not a river. It is not an open sewer, most of the time. It is not there just for humans to use and abuse.Add plenty of fascinating historical, scientific and environmental details, and that’s t…

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John Patrick McEnroe Jr. was born on Feb. 16, 1959 in Wiesbaden, West Germany, while his father, John Sr., born on March 25, 1935 in Manhattan, was stationed overseas in the Air Force. John Sr. met the future tennis star’s mother, Katherine “…

Queens College’s ties to the civil rights movement are deep and direct. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech on campus in 1965. Andrew Goodman was an undergraduate student when he and fellow Freedom Riders James Chaney and Micke…

The Covid-19 pandemic might have forced Flushing Town Hall, along with just about every other performance venue, to temporarily close its doors to live performances. But that hasn’t stopped the venerable institution from sharing its appreciat…

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Jacob “Jack” Ingerman married Minnie Crown on Oct. 20, 1928 in Brooklyn. Their first son, Arthur, was born March 9, 1931. Five years later to the day on March 9, 1936 their son Martin was born.They originally lived in Brooklyn. After World Wa…

Art history maven Mary Dono doesn’t just go over individual works and talk about various movements like romanticism and impressionism when she teaches her free online courses for the Queens Library. She wants you to get to know the artists th…

If “doing more reading” is one of your New Year’s resolutions then you’re in for a treat — one of the few positives to come out of 2020 is the plentiful number of good reads and page turners released throughout the year. Here are just a few t…

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Actress Shelley Winters was born in 1920 to Rose Winter and Jonas Schrift, who immigrated to America from Austria in 1907 on the ship Pennsylvania. His entry paperwork gave his occupation as “Schlacter,” which is an Ashkenazi Jewish occupatio…

Though the state started doling out Covid-19 vaccines in the last few weeks of 2020, the beginning of 2021 won’t look much different than the past 10 months have for plenty of New Yorkers, and mental health experts say our New Year’s resoluti…

Punk rock band Bayside, named for the Queens neighborhood, has typically performed songs reflecting on themes such as heartbreak, desperation and regret. Their latest EP, “Acoustic Volume Three,” though, opens up with a more positive note tha…

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Ernest Anthony Kehr Jr. was born in Davos, Switzerland on Sept. 10, 1911, the son of Ernest Sr. and Martha. They immigrated to the United States in 1913 settling in Astoria. His father was successful as a pastry chef who became a caterer, all…

Your New Year’s Eve bash doesn’t have to be a bore just because there’s no indoor dining and health officials warn against large group gatherings. The technology readily available in the 21st century makes it easy to ring in 2021 in style.Alt…

The life and career of Frank Zappa is covered in the documentary “Zappa,” a film available through the Museum of the Moving Image’s online series.Filmmaker Alex Winter, best known for his role in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” and his …

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Francis Ford Coppola was born on April 7, 1939 in Detroit, the middle child of Carmine and Italia Coppola. He was given the middle name Ford because of his father’s employment as a flautist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which was sponso…

Some of the most fun and heartwarming holiday movies and TV specials invoke the magic of Christmas.Then there are stories like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” where Charlie can see the beauty in what others see as a scrawny little Christmas tree…

With most live performance venues remaining dark because of the pandemic, Queens Theatre is offering several ongoing events online to help stay-at-home audiences continue to enjoy the arts.Two are tailored specifically for older adults, who, …

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Philip Ward Francis was born in Elizabeth, NJ in 1900. He was a Quaker who had a business in the silk industry. He married Edith Albertson in Manhattan on Feb. 24, 1923. She gave birth to Anne Francis in Ossining, NY on Sept. 16, 1930. After …

“Kindness is not just ‘out.’ It should start with you,” said Nayelli Valencia Turrent, the director of adult services and cultural programs at the Queens Library.In its third year, the library’s It’s Time for Kind campaign is focusing on the …

The show must go on — online, that is!Forced to shut its doors on March 13 with the arrival of the coronavirus, the venerable Thalia Theatre, which, for 43 years, has been celebrating Spanish and Latin American culture via live performances i…

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Martin James Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, the son of Austrian immigrant Morris Landau, a machinist for a sewing machine company, and his wife, Selma. He had two older sisters, Elinor and Constance, and the family lived on Bed…

Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21 and yet with the cold temperatures and ongoing pandemic it seems like it never went away. Stepping in to help lighten the mood is Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge guardian Don Riepe with an online wild…

Talk about thinking globally and acting hyperlocally — a group of Queens neighbors who all live within a few houses of each other have served up a new cookbook with light recipes from around the world.“The Art in Queens Cuisine” combines the …

Gloria Bergman was born in Pittsburgh on March 31, 1927 the daughter of Oscar Bergman, a draftsman, and wife Rose.Both a teacher and a performer, on Oct. 20, 1951 she married Theodore “Ted” Okon. She came to New York City as an accomplished, …

As an absurdly challenging year comes to a close, images steeped in surrealism and duality feel more than familiar and comfortable against the backdrop of world events. Visual artist Syeon Shin’s “Walk” exhibit, on view at Mrs. gallery in Mas…

However the virus crisis changed your Thanksgiving plans, one thing that likely stayed the same is leftovers. You can always just heat ’em up and have another meal somewhat like the big one, but you can also turn all that stuff in the fridge …

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Daniel John Bongino was born in Queens on Dec. 4, 1974. He originally was from a broken home in Jackson Heights, but his mother remarried and he was raised in Glendale, attending Saint Pancras School and going on to Archbishop Molloy High Sch…

It’s been one month since the state began enforcing the plastic bag ban, but thousands of single-use grocery bags can be found throughout New York City. Some are being reused while others are being collected for recycling, but artist Soraya N…

Doing its part to keep children active and engaged during the pandemic, Alley Pond Environmental Center in Oakland Gardens continues to offer some enjoyable weekend programs for them.The programs, as always, focus on nature as well as enjoyin…

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Herbert Stempel was born in 1926. He was blessed with a photographic mind for retaining information. After serving in World War II, he went to City College under the GI Bill.He married Toby Mantell in September 1954, the daughter of a wealthy…

Chronicling over 40 years of social change in NYC, the Deep South and around the country, renowned photographer Bruce Davidson’s photos have one powerful constant: the visceral emotion radiating from his subjects. It was often so intense it n…

This fall the Queens County Farm Museum has become a draw for social media influencers.A fall-themed floral installation called “The Fall Escape” created by an event decoration company has brought in thousands of visitors searching for Instag…

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Samuel Marx and Minnie Schonberg, European immigrants, met in New York City and married in 1884. They had six sons; Manfred, Leonard, Arthur, Julius, Milton and Herbert. Manfred died in infancy but the other boys became vaudeville comedians k…

To commemorate the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, the Kupferberg Holocaust Center is hosting a lecture on the tragedy that left Jewish synagogues, homes and businesses destroyed in 1938, an event many mark as…

When thinking of gophers and movies, one would likely remember “Caddyshack” and the problems the furry animal caused on a golf course.But solving problems on movie sets are the production assistants known as gofers.