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Robert Moog’s love was ‘synthesized’ in Flushing

George Conrad Moog was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 10, 1904. After graduating college, he entered the National Guard in April 1926 and was honorably discharged in May 1929. Back in Brooklyn, he met and fell in love with Shirleigh Jacobs. They married in September 1930 in Brooklyn. She gave birth to a baby boy, Robert Arthur Moog, on May 23, 1934.George worked as an electrical engineer for Con Edison in Queens and moved his family to a brand-new 1,475 square-foot Cape Cod style bungalow at 51-09 Parsons Blvd. in Flushing in 1936.

Former CIA Director Tenet grew up in Little Neck
Posted: January 09, 2020

John Tenet was born in Albania on May 5, 1907. He toiled in the La Houve coal mines in France before immigrating to the United States in 1928.

Tenet discovered he had a talent for cooking and became a chef. U.S. Census records show he had an eighth-grade education, and his options were limited.

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Singer Melanie started off in Tudor-style Sunnyside
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 1:52 pm

Frederick Safka, the 22-year-old son of Ukrainian immigrants, married Pauline (though everyone called her Polly) Altomare, 20, the daughter of an Italian fabric-pattern cutter, in 1946.

A year later, on Feb. 3, a baby girl they named Melanie — named for Frederick’s mother, Melainia — was born. The new family moved into a beautiful English Tudor building at 48-17 39 Place in Sunnyside, on a dead-end block where it would be safe for kids to play.

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DKNY founder Donna Karan’s life in Kew Gardens
Posted: December 26, 2019

Fashion designer Donna Karan’s story begins with her grandfather, Israel Faskowitz, who was born on May 20 1874 in Russia. He came to America in 1891, but didn’t become a citizen until 1923, years after he and his wife, Bella, had two children — a daughter, Miriam, and a son, Gabby. Gabby, born in 1900, loved the clothing business and became a successful haberdasher in Manhattan. He shortened his last name to Faske, and married one of his models named Helen, known in the industry as “Queenie,” who was 20 years his junior.

They moved to a new luxury building with wraparound brick balconies at 123-35 82 Road in Kew Gardens. They were blessed with abeautifulbaby girl in October 1948 whom they named Donna Ivy Faske. Gabby suddenlydied in May 1952 at age 52. Public records show Donna’s mother remarried Harold Flaxman in 1953, and Donna joined the two in moving out to Woodmere, LI.

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The beginning for iconicwriter Jimmy Breslin was here
Posted: December 19, 2019

Thomas James Curtin, an Irishman born in Canada in 1879, arrived in New York in 1895 and married Agnes Collins in 1903. They had three children: Frances, in 1906, James, in 1909, and Harriet, in 1918.

Curtin, a New York City court reporter, bought a 75-by-100 foot property at 134-02 101 Ave. in South Richmond Hill. All three of his children became college graduates. Frances was charmed by and fell in love with a piano player named James Breslin. They were married, had a son, James, born in 1928, and daughter, Deidre, in 1931. Shortly later he took off and abandoned the family.

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Thursday 12/12/2019
Taking a look at the Cuomo family homestead
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

Andrea “known as Andrew” Cuomo was born in Provincia Di Salerno Campania, Italy on Nov. 3, 1901 and came to America on Nov. 6, 1911 on the ship Principe Di Piemonte. U.S. Census reports reveal he had only a sixth-grade education and went into the retail grocery business in South Jamaica. He married Immaculata Giordano, and they had three children, Frank in 1927, Maria in 1928 and Mario in 1932.

Hard, long hours and saving their money paid off. In 1949 they purchased a large 38-by-134-foot home at 188-17 Rio Drive in Hollis.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
Celtics legend started on the streets of St. Albans
Posted: December 05, 2019

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.

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
Bonnano crime boss grew up on Caldwell Avenue
Updated: January 07, 2020 - 11:38 am

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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