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Actor Sid Caesar was born in Yonkers, NY on Sept. 8, 1922.

The youngest of three sons of luncheonette owners Max and Ida Caesar, Sidney was a saxophone player who wanted to study music until he met producer Max Liebman while serving time in the Coast Guard. Liebman saw more than just musical potential in Caesar and promoted him in Broadway productions and backed him in “Admiral Broadway Revue,” which started airing in January 1949.

If you’re old enough to remember double features at drive-in movie theaters — or even if you’re not — Halloween week will provide thrills, chills and even a little comedy at the New York Hall of Science in Corona.NYSCI is teaming up with the …

The Poets of Queens readings that had been a staple of Astoria until the virus forced them online have made their way to another place they really belong: the printed page.“Poets of Queens” is a new anthology edited by Olena Jennings, the fou…

Vito Romita immigrated to America in 1921. Armed with only a third-grade education he worked as an ice man, got married and lived in an apartment on Ellery Street in Brooklyn.John Romita was born on Jan. 24, 1930, the first of five children. …

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How does one spend only 30 minutes —or less — in a bookstore?In the days of Amazon and COVID-19, store owners in Queens have been faced with that very question. But the customers have been reaching out, both in person by appointment and onlin…

Queens is renowned for its cuisine, which brings in tastes from all over the world thanks to the borough’s heavy immigrant population. It’s a place where you can get meals derived from every populated continent — yes, including even Australia…

Rossolav Andruschkewitsch was born June 15, 1927 in Highland Park, Mich. His parents had emigrated from Moscow, Russia a year earlier on the SS Grasse. In 1932, they became American citizens.Their son’s name was Americanized and shortened to …

The Queens County Farm Museum is keeping one of its favorite autumn traditions alive and has opened up its Amazing Maize Maze for another season, though with some health and safety restrictions.“It’s outside, there’s distance guidelines, so w…

The oldest known type of historical inquiry has been thrust into the 21st century, courtesy of the Queens Memory Project, an undertaking that has grown exponentially since it was begun 10 years ago.Thanks to the efforts of the project’s direc…

The father of a future Queens borough president, Cyril Sargent was born on April 7, 1898 in British Guyana. He arrived in New York City on April 6, 1919 via Rio de Janeiro, on the ship Christian Bors. He married Artemesor (Audrey) McKenzie in…

A new bicycling group is taking over the borough every Sunday morning and encourages riders of every level to join in the fun.“It just seemed like with the ongoing pandemic there’s been a big bike boom. A lot of people just recently started b…

John Santucci was born on April 2, 1931 to Tommaso “Thomas” Santucci and Mary Pagano. His father, an Italian immigrant who traveled to America in 1905 at the age of 17, only had an eighth-grade education, but experience as a plasterer and wor…

Hanging in the corner of the Plaxall Gallery are a cluster of punching bags sewn up with quilted breasts, covered in veiny looking thread and splattered red paint. “We fight back,” is scrawled across one.On the other side of the room, a brigh…

As part of Flushing Town Hall’s celebration of the Harvest Moon Festival, music fans can watch a psychedelic Korean folk music group perform Tuesday.Coreyah’s prerecorded concert will stream at youtube.com/flushingtownhall at 7 p.m. as the Fl…

Jacob “Jack” Marantz, a Romanian immigrant, married Bella Kozinn in Manhattan on June 27, 1910. Their first born, Saul Bernard Marantz, arrived on July 7, 1911. A brother, Charles, and sister, Edith, soon followed.Saul married Jean Dickey in …

The eighth year of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center’s Gotta Dance programming looks a little different than in years past — the 10-week class will be conducted entirely online.“It’s going to be different, but it’s going to provide the…

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life almost beyond comprehension, closing cultural venues in NYC and across the globe. As museums reopen and some restrictions ease, one option for Queens residents wanting to enjoy art in person (by …

Max Ryklansky was born Aug. 12, 1897 in Russia. At age six, his family of six children immigrated to America via Antwerp, Belgium on the ship Kroonland, landing in New York on Oct. 14, 1903. At immigration their name was changed to Rickles. M…

After weeks of only being able to catch a glimpse of exotic and wild animals through virtual programming, animal lovers are finally invited to visit the alligators, sea lions and pumas of the Queens Zoo in person once again.Located in Flushin…

COVID has made the Festival of Cinema NYC a drive-in event instead of one in a movie theater, but the show must go on.Film fans can drive to St. John’s University from Oct. 1 to 4 to see 28 movies.

Israel William “Bill” Silverman was born in Manhattan on Nov. 13, 1906 to Austrian immigrant parents. With an eighth-grade education, he became a radio and television repair technician and married Mildred Goldberg on Nov. 1, 1936. Briefly, th…

Paging all readers seeking mystical enlightenment, tired of the cultural mainstream or interested in uncovering forgotten Native American mythology.A celebration of the bizarre, esoteric and otherworldly will come to Brooklyn via the internet…

Ask Forest Hills resident David Russell his favorite ballplayer as a boy and he goes back to Mike Piazza and the 1999 Mets.The team that year featured a monster 40-home run, 120-RBI season from its catcher; a now-established Edgardo Alfonso; …

Frederick Timmins DeCordova was born in New York City on Oct. 27, 1910. He fell in love with the stage at an early age and progressed to dialogue director, actor, director and producer. He lived with his parents, Margaret and George, who move…

Keep it simple, they say. If you want to be adventurous with your cooking and picnicking as summer winds down, go for it. But if you just want to whip up a couple of classics, here’s an easy pair to consider. The first comes from cookingchann…

Author Richard Panchyk has published a number of photographic books depicting life as it is or once was in Queens. And as can happen when looking into history, things discovered in one inquiry can lead to another.His latest book, “Long Island…

Josephine Mentzer was born on July 1, 1906 to Max Mentzer, a prosperous Corona hardware store owner, and Rose Schotz, an immigrant from Hungary. Josephine was her mother’s sixth child; the elder five were from Rose’s first marriage. The famil…

Music lovers throughout the city are still stuck inside and, in an effort to bring them their sonic fix, Flushing Town Hall is releasing archival performances of its popular Global Mashup programming.

David Stephen Caruso was born in Queens on Jan. 7, 1956 to Charles and Joan Caruso. Charles was a magazine and newspaper editor and Joan a librarian. Two years later a sister was born named Joyce. Charles decided to leave the marriage and Dav…

After nearly four months of solitude, the Queens County Farm Museum is opening its doors once again to the public and it’s hard to tell who is more excited: the visitors or the animals.“From the moment that we closed Queens Farm to the public…

Carl Bartlett Jr. was drawn by the sometimes subtle power of a saxophone at a young age.“I was 11 when I first picked up a saxophone,” he said. “My father played it, so I wanted to play it too. Three years later I began to play jazz.”

Shoe salesman Charles Ritter married Lucy Hale in Brooklyn on April 25, 1900.On Valentine’s Day 1902, they were blessed with a baby girl they named Thelma. She had the acting bug early in life, and married fellow actor Joseph Moran on April 21, 1927.

“Now look below you — the city of opportunity and greatness. New York — more than 800,000 buildings, millions of stories, bold and eloquent poems in concrete, glass and steel ... Look at this map, and you locate the human race ... By tomorrow…

Theaters are closed but film fans can watch some movies outside of their own homes again.It’s a blast from the past as people can go to a drive-in theater at the New York Hall of Science from Aug. 12 to Oct. 25.

Herman Ganser was born in Austria in May 1909. He came to America with the trade of machinist and married Rita Conrad in June 1936, and they settled in Manhattan.A short time later a baby boy, Robert, was born. After World War II they decided…

The Queensboro Dance Festival typically spends each summer touring neighborhoods throughout the borough, utilizing venues such as theaters, parks, plazas, libraries and streets to showcase the many dance companies of Queens, but this season l…

The Mrs. gallery in Maspeth has joined the movement to address racial inequity by holding a benefit exhibit, from which all proceeds will help amplify black voices within art and design.Damien Davis, a new media artist who is known for making…

Piano teacher Helen Collomb and Abraham Tuvim, who was nine years her junior, welcomed their only child, Judith, on June 21, 1921 after four years of marriage. In 1927 when young Judy was only 6, her parents divorced. Judy and her mother move…

In 1981, a new comedy called “Grown Ups” by the cartoonist Jules Feiffer opened on Broadway.The play was about a middle-aged political reporter for The New York Times named Jake who discovers that he is surrounded, at home and work, by emotio…

From the time he first risked death trying to desegregate Nashville lunch counters and register blacks in the South to vote, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was never one to parse his words.“I feel lucky and blessed that I’m serving in the Congr…

Outdoor banners can be seen along gates of shuttered businesses as the show must go on, even during a pandemic.Kew Gardens Arts has put up 45 banners after artists responded to a call for art, following the cancellation of other events. Now p…

Edward Michael Henry Jr. was born in Astoria on July 20, 1971. His father was a dairy manager and his mother, Christine, was a bookkeeper.They lived in a postwar apartment building at 32-56 41 St. in Astoria. A sister, Colleen, was born in Ma…

A new exhibit by LaGuardia Communtiy College searched no further for its subjects than its own LGBTQ+ faculty to illuminate what it means to be queer in academia.“It’s breathtaking how candid and insightful our faculty and staff were,” said L…

A 21-year-old CPA named Saul Alpern married Sara Presser, two years his senior, in August 1935 in Brooklyn.They were blessed with a baby girl Joan in 1937. On May 18, 1941 another daughter, Ruth, was born. They lived in Brooklyn at 240 Sulliv…

When protesters marched against the Astoria Columbus statue last month, the neighborhood became a battleground against historical monuments of white men with racist and imperialist views.But the Columbus statue is only one front of the politi…

This year’s Live at the Gantries concert series is moving from the Long Island City waterfront to online as an eclectic mix will still deliver performances for fans to enjoy.One group is The Salt Cracker Crazies, a jug band, who can be seen July 21.

Dry cleaning store owner Herman “Hy” Pearlman married Reenie Nevler, daughter of a Russian immigrant brushmaker, in Brooklyn in January 1936. Reenie gave birth to their first and only son, Louis Jay, at age 41 on June 19, 1954. They left Broo…

As young people across Queens confront a restrictive summer, Queens institutions have stepped up to help them make it through.The Queens Public Library, Queens Museum and New York Hall of Science have all used their resources to come up with …

school teacher from Oakland Gardens Lee DiGeorge has taken the opportunity to connect with fellow trivia lovers across the country during the pandemic by establishing regular games through his Twitch streaming channel, BrokenBuzzer.“When the …