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Domenico (Dominic) Addabbo was born in Gioia del Colle, a town in the City of Bari in Southern Italy, on Jan. 1, 1896. He immigrated to New York in 1912 and became a citizen in 1918. He married and had two sons and two daughters.

After losing their first home to eminent domain so MS 210 could be built, the family bought a house at 81-21 102 Ave. in Ozone Park. Son Joseph Patrick, born on March 17, 1925, graduated St. John’s Law School in 1946 and pursued a law career.

A fresh new take on a classic Spanish play is on at Thalia Spanish Theater this month only, starring Guatemalan actor Roberto D’az Gomar in his New York theater debut.“El Veneno del Teatro,” or “The Poison of the Theater,” by Spanish playwrig…

The Flux Factory, an artist incubator and exhibitor in Long Island City, held a curator talk while displaying artwork on Oc.t 8 by eight Black artists at the Chocolate Factory Theater, also in Long Island City.The “Put Your Hands Where My Eye…

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The importance of Kennedy Airport is incalculable, and so is that of the man it was originally named for.Due to overcrowding at his namesake airport, Mayor LaGuardia announced in 1941 that the city would build another one using Idlewild Golf …

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Have you heard the one about the cabbie who turned his career into a hit show?Well, John McDonagh is about to bring his one-man play, “Off the Meter,” to the borough — his hometown — for the very first time. And if a recent telephone intervie…

The Black Spectrum Theatre Co. celebrated its 50th anniversary on Oct. 3 and, to continue to honor its long history, will host a revival of its inaugural play “Black Love,” to start its 2021-22 season.The play will run from Oct. 13 to 24, Wed…

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Charles Vallone was born in the town of Prizzi in the city of Palermo on the island of Sicily on Feb. 8, 1902. He arrived at Ellis Island in 1906 at the age of 4.Vallone worked his way through law school as a court stenographer, determined to…

Live performances are back on at Green Space in Long Island City and they got started with a bang this past weekend, with a special international performance choreographed by Lebanese dancer Bassam Abou Diab for the Valerie Green/Dance Entrop…

Charles Dana Gibson was the most popular American illustrator at the turn of the 20th century and his drawings informed fashion, culture and social commentary of the time.His family moved from Boston to Flushing when he was a child and he gre…

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Onika Tanya Maraj, professionally known as Nicki Minaj, was born in the Saint James section of Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, on Dec. 8, 1982.Her father, Robert Omar Maraj, and mother, Carol, were both gospel singers, perhaps an omen o…

Distinctively individual in approach and perspective, those featured in the Mrs. gallery’s commemorative compilation, “Anniversary,” are, in capturing and reflecting history, also making it. The process of alchemizing individual and collectiv…

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Adolph Alexander Weinman was born in Germany on Dec. 11, 1870. He immigrated the United States in 1885, became a citizen in 1898 and married in 1899. His wife, Margaret, and three children, Howard, Katherine and Robert, lived at 594 East 134 …

Several families were disappointed last weekend as they arrived at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans expecting popcorn and thrills at the UniverSoul Circus’ big top.Instead of the wonderment of aerialists and the slapstick humor of clowns, those…

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Ronald Tae Sok Kim was born on May 2, 1979 in South Korea, the only child of Sun Hee Kim and Seo Jun Kim.The family moved to America seven years later so that Ron could have a better life. They opened a Korean grocery store that faced many fi…

It seems only fitting that an upcoming fundraising concert at Alley Pond Environmental Center, a nonprofit group that advocates for sustainable environmental policies and practices, should spotlight a band with a song list featuring elements …

Patrick Coker, an Alvin Ailey dancer, will have a full-circle moment at the Making Moves Dance Festival, which will be on an outdoor stage at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Downtown Jamaica on Sept. 17 and 18.“Three years ago ... I got…

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Geoffrey Arend Sr., of German-English descent, married Sabiha Khan from Pakistan, 11 years his junior, in 1975. Together they were the founders of the world famous publication Air Cargo News, the top Air Cargo publication.They purchased a 40-…

After taking a pandemic-induced sabbatical last year, the annual County Fair will be back at the Queens County Farm Museum next weekend.And to celebrate its return, the Queens Farm is adding an extra day to the celebration. The fair, modeled …

Fall is in the air at the Queens Botanical Garden as it gears up for the season of crunching leaves and crisper weather with programming appropriate for the whole family, from bird walks with NYC Audubon to the new Woodland Adventures series …

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The life of City Councilman Daniel Dromm has been one of privilege and pain.His mother, Mary Audrey Murray, the daughter of NYPD Lt. Joseph Murray, had graduated The Mary Louis Academy with the school’s highest honors. She married St. John’s …

Give the folks at the Queens Museum credit — as they prepared for their July reopening to the public, they were not afraid to re-examine their most popular collection in a new light.“Ambitious Slogans and Colorful Promises: The 1964-65 World’…

Until you’ve gotten lost in the countless pages that make up the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s “That’s My Home” collection of virtual exhibits, it’s hard to imagine how extensive they are.Imagining the number of leaves on one of those “trees…

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We just passed the 41st anniversary of the arrest of the Son of Sam, serial killer David Berkowitz, who wreaked havoc in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx — scaring the entire city in 1976 and ’77.He was finally arrested on Aug. 10, 1977, after …

An unassuming storage pod at Marina 59 in Arverne is home to Paul Surf, where owner Paul Schmidt spends his days building surfboards from scratch, starting in the shaping bay with hand-cut foam and ending with the glassing process to laminate…

Though “Drink n’ Draw” events combining a potpourri of alcohol and art — typically figure drawing — have become a common way to flex the creative muscle and relax, few have veered as avant garde as the series run by Queens’ Flux Factory.The m…

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Mohammad Salman “Sal” Hamdani was born in Karachi, Pakistan on Dec. 28, 1977. He and his parents left for America when he was 13 months old.The three settled in Queens in a small home on a 42-by-95-foot lot at 34-31 204 St. in Bayside. Later,…

“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future,” American photographer Sally Mann once said.The current exhibit at the Queens Historical Society, “Capturing Queens: Percy Loomis Sperr and Frederick J. Weber,…

In a case of old world meeting new, The Woodside Players of Queens will be presenting — for one time only — a free live virtual event on Aug. 20: “Short American Plays from 1870 to Today.”According to Johnny Culver, the artistic force behind …

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Billionaire philanthropist Charles Wang was born in Shanghai on Aug. 19, 1944 to Kenneth, a judge in the Supreme Court in mainland China, and Mary Wang in the Communist country.As the Chinese Civil War came to a close in the 1940s, Wang’s fam…

“Saturday in the park, I think it was the Fourth of July. People dancing, people laughing. A man selling ice cream. Singing Italian songs.”Unlike the popular Chicago song, it’s Sundays in the park in Jackson Heights, where people are dancing …

More orchids than ever, 750 to be exact, will be part of the eighth annual “Taiwan: A World of Orchids” exhibit and flower sale at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. The exhibit will run from Friday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 15, in…

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Kuang Lui Meng was born in China on Dec. 30, 1943. He made it to Taiwan and immigrated to New York. Shiao Mei Wang, also born in China, did the same and they married in Manhattan in 1974. Kuang adopted the name “Jimmy K” and opened up a succe…

Jason Marr, artistic director of Hip to Hip Theatre Co., a Queens-based nonprofit troupe dedicated to developing interest in theater arts in underserved communities, admits he would not feel comfortable putting on shows indoors just yet.Lucki…

The beauty of folk art is that it showcases artists who are not formally trained but instead create solely based on personal life experiences. At the American Folk Art Museum, exhibits and programming make this art attainable for all, from hi…

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Benjamin Ward was born on Aug. 10, 1926 in Brooklyn. His mother was 30 years younger than his father, Edward, who was 78 years old when he was born. U.S. Census records show his father lived well into his 90s. Benjamin married a neighborhood …

At Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, new workshops being offered this summer are blending art, environmental exploration and mindfulness for a truly unique experience of the park, for newcomers and returning guests alike.Beginning …

Virtual or in-person, the poets of Queens are just happy to be sharing their work with each other once again.After more than a year, Kew & Willow Books brought back its monthly Poetry Open Mic in June. Its second installment is scheduled …

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Walter Frank Schmelz and wife Mary lived in Hollis. In 1935, he was promoted to fire captain in the FDNY. They decided to buy a new home built on a large 50-by-115 foot lot at 179-07 Murdock Ave.The marriage was childless and upon his retirem…

New York City is famous for its food. Tourists trek from all over the world to indulge in the delectable and diverse meals.Some are even willing to swim hundreds or thousands of miles to get a taste of Queens.

There’s a tentative, quietly joyful excitement you can feel in the air walking the four blocks from the 7 train’s 111 St. station to the Queens Night Market. Since it reopened on June 19 after a 20-month shutdown due to Covid-19 restrictions,…

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In 1928 developer and builder Gerald C. English started to build a 11-room, 3-bath English Tudor house on a 94-by-126-foot lot at 175-12 Murdock Ave. in Addisleigh Park.It was completed in 1929. Mr. English, of the famous Rodman-English Build…

Whether you call it educational, fun, entertaining or amazing, the New York Hall of Science deals in happiness.Opening to the public today, July 8, for the first time in more than 16 months, the exhibit “The Happiness Experiment” offers scien…

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning’s School of the Arts is returning July 17 and to officially kick off the new summer session, the arts center will hold a reception on July 13 with an open house for potential students to meet the ins…

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Albert Azaria and Ruth Altcheck were married in Queens in December 1950. They decided to make their home at 98-34 64 Drive in Rego Park. Two daughters followed, Stephanie and Elise.On April 25, 1964, a son named Henry Albert, “Hank,” was born…

On Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, it’s not dealer’s choice but Ranger’s Choice when it comes to the type of nature walk you get. A tour can focus on osprey birds, diamondback terrapin turtles, horseshoe crabs…

Are you hosting a Fourth of July picnic and want to augment your amazing barbecue offerings? Or have you been invited to one and want to bring a side dish that will both feed and wow a lot of your fellow guests without spending much time or m…

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Lucy Liu was born in Queens on Dec. 2, 1968 to Hang Liu (known as Tom), a civil engineer who sold digital clock pens, and Cecilia Liu. They originally came from Beijing and Shanghai, respectively, immigrating first to Taiwan. They finally met…

When Angel Gil Orrios first learned they could reopen for performances at Thalia Spanish Theatre back in May, the executive director knew they must honor Maestro Raúl Jaurena, who had passed in January from Covid-19 complications.Jaurena, a U…

Visionary artist, sculptor, architect, landscaper Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) believed sculpture had spiritual power beyond its architectural function. It could connect people to nature instead of detaching them from it. “If sculpture is in the…