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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 successful lumberyard.

They were blessed with a baby girl, named Grace, on Oct. 1, 1975. They bought a home at 211-18 34 Ave. in Bayside. The address may have played a part in selecting the property as the number 18 in Asian culture means “great success and prosperity.”

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 …

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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…

Alfred Sharpton Jr. was born in Brooklyn on Oct. 3, 1954 the son of Alfred Sr. and Ada. Little Al preached his first sermon at the age of 4.His father, Alfred Sr., owned 23 buildings in Brooklyn and bought a new Cadillac every year.

Queens couple Katha and Don Cato are at it again with the 11th Annual Queens World Film Festival but for the first time, will be hosting the 11-day event in-person and virtually.“We’re doing everything we can to keep the festival going and me…

A new book on Queens’ immigrant populations captures the borough at a crossroads of academic scholarship in addition to the challenges facing its dynamic multi-racial populace.“Immigrant Crossroads,” a new volume of essays from Temple Univers…

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In 1931, an imposing English Tudor house, complete with stone turret and all the elements of a storybook dream house, was built at 175-19 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans on an irregular 60-by-90-foot lot.However, it fell into foreclosure shortly a…

One quilter’s scraps are another artist’s treasure.When her friend, a quiltmaker, gave her some fabric scraps, New York-based textile artist Ann Cofta transformed them into cityscapes, portraying skylines, buildings, smokestacks and water tow…

If you’re looking for inner peace in an increasingly chaotic city this summer, you could hardly do better than the woodlands of Alley Pond Park. Surrounding yourself with the dappled sunlight coming in through the canopy may be just what you …

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Jane Matilda Bolin was a trailblazer for Black women.Bolin was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, on April 11, 1908 to Matilda and Gaius Bolin, the latter a lawyer, judge and president of the Duchess County Bar Association.

The South Queens Women’s March may have been knocked down by Covid-19, but it was not knocked out as the nonprofit went on to successfully launch its inaugural “Made in Queens” art exhibit May 15 at King Manor Museum in Jamaica.Inspired by th…

Some spent the last year in sweatpants and watching TV to escape the tough reality of the pandemic. But some artists used the pain and isolation to create intense and beautiful bodies of work.The CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Virtual Festiv…

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Luther Powell was born in Kingston in the British West Indies in 1898 and came to America in 1920. He married Maud McKoy in December 1929. They settled in the Bronx.First born was a daughter, Marilyn, born in 1931. Then they had a son they na…

Along with the parades and remembrances, Memorial Day weekend also has traditionally brought people together for the unofficial start of summer.This year, as the nation is emerging from a pandemic, something as common as a simple barbecue may…

Carolyn Salas’ exhibit “Buried Alive in the Blues,” the artist’s first solo exhibition at Mrs. gallery in Maspeth, is named for the song Janis Joplin was set to record the day she died. As a tribute to Janis, the band recorded the track as an…

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After Babe Ruth’s retirement from baseball in 1935 he had a lot of time on his hands. His wild ways were legendary, and baseball’s determination to keep an image of a clean sport made it hard for him to find work in it.In 1938, he was hired a…

Self-taught artist and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle’s gifts extended into a vast expanse of arenas. Born in October of 1930 in Paris, she was a visionary painter, writer, filmmaker, theater set designer, and outdoor sculpture and architectur…

In late 2018, two rappers from the World’s Borough collided at an underground hip-hop event, and nearly three years later they have a 14-track album and a mixtape with original music, spoken word interludes and lyrics over classic rap beats.“…

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Renald Ansbach Jr. and Gertrude Kehoe, a singer and secretary, met at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. They received their marriage license in Queens in September 1940 and married soon after. Susan Florence Ansbach was born on Nov. 23, 1942. T…

Irish is the total package: tall, dark and handsome, and great with kids.The beautiful mare is a fan favorite at GallopNYC’s Sunrise Stables location in Lindenwood. She’s clocked in years as a therapeutic horse for both disabled and inexperie…

When Rob MacKay decided to write the book “Historic Houses of Queens,” he knew he’d be learning plenty about history and architecture. But as he delved more into what he said became a “quest” and “passion project,” he found that he was learni…

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Burton Pugach was born in the Bronx on April 20, 1927, the only child of Russian immigrants Paul and Anna. He became a brilliant attorney, who built a practice as an ambulance chaser (which some consider an outdated term). He married Francine…

When the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning decided the time was right to welcome fans back for live jazz performances, the group decided to go big.Ravi Coltrane, saxophonist, band leader and son of jazz legend John Coltrane, will headline …

Like most performance artists who have been cordoned off from their passions and livelihoods for the past year, dancers in Queens have had a really trying experience during the pandemic.That’s where the role of dancer communities has come in …

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Morris “Moses” Weinstein was born in New York City on July 8, 1912. He grew up poor — his father, Louis, worked long hours as a clothing presser.It took Weinstein seven years and a dozen jobs to work his way through Brooklyn Law School. His n…

Before the age of email and TikTok, the essence of throwaway communications was a something so cheap they were called penny postcards.Millions of them were produced every year — sent home by lazy letter writers or stuck in drawers after class…

The pandemic has left lots of us in need of haircuts — including sheep.The Queens County Farm Museum is hosting its annual Sheep Shearing Special Admission Day on May 8, where visitors are invited to witness the Little Neck farm’s six sheep a…

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Benjamin Stern was born in Manhattan on July 11, 1923 and was raised in the Bronx. According to the City Clerk’s records at the Municipal Archives, he was married to Ray Schiffman in April 1947.Benjamin was co-owner and operator of the Aura R…

With limitations still in place for its spring exhibit, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum is delving into its priceless collection of photography holdings by world-renowned artists.The virtual exhibition, available at gtmuseum.org, showcases eight i…

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Eli Orowitz married Kathleen Margaret O’Neill, an actress and comedian, in Queens in June 1932. Their first child, a daughter, Evelyn, was born on Nov. 12, 1933, followed by their son, Eugene Maurice, on Oct. 31, 1936. According to R.L. Polk’…

Sure, everyone loves good movies, and while some are eager to get back out to theatrical showings, others still many want to watch them at home for a while.Either way, the Queens Underground Black and Brown Film Festival, beginning at 4 p.m. …

The honeymoon phase of most relationships is usually filled with movie and restaurant dates, meeting each other’s friends and maybe a quick trip away together. Mine was spent quarantining in a 300-square-foot apartment with my girlfriend and …

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George Edward Horn was born in Brooklyn on Sept. 28, 1918. His parents bought a brand-new house in 1925 at 115-41 217 St. in Cambria Heights.He was the first man through the westbound lane of the Lincoln Tunnel when it opened in 1937 when he …

For most people, the recent surge in anti-Asian-American sentiment that has been sweeping much of the country is no laughing matter.Not so for Otter Lee and some of the other performers in “Crazy Talented Asians & Friends, an Evening of C…