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Joseph Reeves Bolton III was born in Flushing on Sept. 8, 1910 to Joseph Bolton II and Florence Youngling Bolton. They moved to Ft. Washington Avenue in Manhattan. The elder Bolton was an advertising manager for Royal Typewriters and later in life the manager of the Empire State Building Observation Deck.

Young Joseph left at age 17 and moved to Newark to become a announcer for WOR Radio. He married Dorothy Bondy Harrington in 1935. His only son, Joseph Reeves Bolton IV, was born in 1937.

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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 …

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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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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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-…

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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 …

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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 …

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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’…

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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 …

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John Towner Williams was born on Feb. 8, 1932 in Flushing. He was a middle child, with an older sister, Joan, and younger brother, Gerard. They lived comfortably in a big house at 143-40 Poplar Ave. His dad, John Sr., was a professional drumm…

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Melinda Katz was born on Aug. 19, 1965 to Jeanne Peiluck and David Katz. She has three older brothers, and the family lived at 67-42 Ingram St. in Forest Hills.The year after Melinda was born, her mother founded the Queens Council on the Arts…

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Jean Evelyn Slutsky was born on Oct. 12, 1923 in Brooklyn. She worked for a furniture store, publishing company and finally the IRS, where she met her future husband, Mortimer “Marty” Nidetch, whom she married on March 29, 1947 in Brooklyn.Th…

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Anne Frances Robbins was born in New York City on July 6, 1921. Her mother, Edith Luckett, a prominent actress, was reported in the newspapers to have married Kenneth Seymour Robbins of Pittsfield, Mass., on impulse on July 27, 1916 and was n…

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Alfred Eisenstaedt was born on Dec. 6, 1898 in Dirschau, West Prussia, or what is today Tczew, Poland.He became a full-time photographer in 1929 and was respected early on. He was not comfortable being Jewish in Germany, so he left for Americ…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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 “…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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, …

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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…

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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…

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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…