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, [...]
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These are pictures of Corona Queens and Flushing Meadows developments by Robert Moses for the World's Fair of 1939. The massive building project affected Blissville in that highways were built and communities were displaced. Thanks to Christine Benson of the NYC Parks Department for the photos.
The first time I came to Nyack, I helped myself to some seeds. Years before we ever thought about leaving the city, I visited Nyack for an art show at the Edward Hopper House. A close friend had some sculpture hanging in the garden, I believe from rubberbands. It was his rubberband period. We [...]
Nyack is a treasure. People here really love each and support each other, whether it's Pride weekend, the African American Day parade, or any of the many, many other community celebrations and observances. It's a hopeful space in an increasingly dark world. Footage from Women Samba Drummers http://www.fogoazulnyc.com For more information. - Elizabeth