Thank you for last night's presentation about Blissville. The more I reflected on it, the more I thought of similarities to my old neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia, known as Holmesburg. Holmesburg has a rich history, including the King's Highway, the longest continued use road in the US. Thought you might be interested. My family lived [...]
The Red Jacket birthplace marker in Canoga NY. Submitted by Dave & Mary Alice Patrickson. Red Jacket became famous as an orator, speaking for the rights of his people. After the war, he played a prominent role in negotiations with the new United States federal government. In 1792 he led a delegation of 50 Native [...]
You're a Hobo, Brother! Did you ever sling a duffle on your back and catch a freight? Did you ever taste a hobo stew, in a jungle, then sleep late? Did you ever watch a sunrise, going up the great divide? Did you ever quit a steady job, just because you had to ride? If [...]
From around 1640 to 1740, the Alsop family owned a large tobacco farm where Calvary Cemetery now stands. The family burial plot (Protestant) sits on a hill and is surrounded by Calvary Cemetery (Catholic). There is a marker for domestic servants - slaves - rumored to be 8, with the word "STAFF" engraved on it.
Pickens Hall is alive with its General Store and Opera House. Sopranos Samantha Stinson and Elaine Kuracina team up to do a " fun"raiser for Pickens 'Hall. This is a unique musical that tells about the granddaughters of John Pickens. Bessie and Jessie sang in vaudeville when young. Bessie became an internationally known opera singer. [...]
Blissville: A memoir by Rebecca Cooney, Installment 1 of a 12 part series Manhattan is a backdrop to my small neighborhood of Queens, officially named Blissville. It’s an isolated corner of the borough, bounded by an industrial creek, a cemetery big enough to cover three neighborhoods, and an expressway that stretches all the way out [...]
Short narrative about a pirate radio cult. The story concerns a pirate radio cult that operates in post-future Brooklyn from the back of a customized electric car. Since the short was created some very odd, friendly, and eerie coincidences have transpired which I wanted to collect in one article.
Since You Asked I am from dank wine cellars in South Jamaica…from cousins named Johnny, Joey, Nicky and Frankie who harvested Queens grapes. I am from a line of women sporting artichoke haircuts and pink collars. I am also from a Carmine Street tenement that lost its address in the last century. I am from [...]
In the Shadow of the Empire - Blissville and Laurel Hill I SERIOUSLY doubt that half of any New York City guidebooks even mention the two areas in southwest Queens we’ll visit today, ensconced on either side of Calvary Cemetery just east of Greenpoint, north of Ridgewood and in the middle of exactly nowhere. Surprises, however, [...]