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Celtics legend started on the streets of St. Albans

Born in 1890 in the border town Eteimbes, where France meets Germany and Switzerland, Joseph Cousy married late in life.The same year he immigrated to America, 1927, he married Juliette Corlet, who’d come to the U.S. from Belfort, France, just few miles down the road from Eteimbes. He was 37.

Bonnano crime bossgrew up on Caldwell Avenue
Posted: November 27, 2019

Anthony Massino was born in Maspeth in 1911, the son of Neapolitan Italian immigrants. He married Adeline Cardinale in October 1936.

With only a grammar school education, he worked in a laundry. His first son was Anthony Jr. His next son, Joseph, was born on Jan. 10, 1943. Shortly after, Massino served in World War II and didn’t see his sons again until he was honorably discharged in January 1946. The family lived above a store at 70-05 Grand Ave. in Maspeth. They later bought a small home at 71-21 Caldwell Ave. in Maspeth.

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Ozone Park girl Lauper didn’t always just have fun
Posted: November 21, 2019

Frederick Lauper was born in the Bronx in 1920, the son of parents from Switzerland and Germany. French was the household language. His father was a private school teacher who soon moved the family out to Malverne, LI, and bought a home.

Frederick married Domenica Gallo, 10 years his junior, in Queens in April 1951. She preferred to be called by her middle name, Katrine. Their first child, Ellen, was born in November 1951 followed by Cynthia Ann in June 1953 — she was born in Astoria — and a son, Frederick Jr., in 1958. All lived at 95-11 104 St. in Ozone Park.

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Reagan-era spymaster lived in this Elmhurst house
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 3:35 pm

George Lawrence Casey, born in Offaly County, Ireland in 1847, came to America in 1849. Growing up in Long Island City, he held jobs from saloon keeper to chief of the Long Island City Volunteer Fire Department.

One of his five children, son William, married Blanche Lavigne in 1911. As a clerk accountant in the pension unit for the New York City Street Cleaning Department (predecessor of today’s Department of Sanitation), he bought a house at 12 Hammond Place in Elmhurst.

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Floral Park was home to late artist Mapplethorpe
Updated: November 07, 2019 - 4:13 pm

Harry Mapplethorpe Jr. was born on June 3, 1918 and lived in Hollis. After graduating college, he married Joan Maxey in June 1942. They had four boys and two girls.

He purchased a brand-new Cape Cod home at 83-12 259 St. in the development of Floral Park to raise his family. One son, Robert, born in November 1946, attended Martin Van Buren High School but he was more interested in taking photographs than academics. He went on to Pratt Institute and moved out of his house in 1967 to live with his girlfriend, rocker Patti Smith.

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Thursday 10/31/2019
From Bayside home tothe Big Brother house at CBS
Posted: October 31, 2019

Julie Suzanne Chen was born in Queens on Jan. 6, 1970, the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

Her grandfather, Lou Gaw Tong, grew up very poor in the rural village of Penglai in the Fujian province of China but became wealthy through owning a chain of grocery stores here in New York.

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Thursday 10/24/2019
Rodney’s roots are here
Posted: October 24, 2019

Neither of his names, first or last, was real. But they were one of the few things about Rodney Dangerfield — born Jacob Cohen and raised in Kew Gardens — that weren’t authentic.

It was Dangerfield’s father, Phillip Cohen, a vaudeville performer, who changed the family name to Roy.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
The Queens cop who inspired a legendary movie
Posted: October 17, 2019

Walter Egan, a plumber, married Agnes Ryan in 1927 in New York City. In 1929 they bought a house at 83-45 63 Ave. in Rego Park. On Jan. 3, 1930 she gave birth to a boy, Edward. However, the marriage soon soured. Agnes divorced Walter and in 1934 married Arthur Massett, an FDNY official who lived and breathed his job. At the time of his retirement, he was department chief.

Young Eddie moved into a Sunnyside apartment with his mom and stepfather. Agnes gave birth later to two daughters. Then suddenly on Dec. 5, 1942 Agnes died at age 37. Eddie, then 12, went to live with his grandmother. At 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps on Jan. 16, 1947. At age 19, stationed at Camp LeJeune, NC, he married Dolores Popkivich on July 11, 1949.

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