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, [...]
Here is a time lapse over about 8 hours of the lowering of the Kosciuszcko Bridge truss on July 25th and 26th, 2017 to a barge. The bridge was opened in 1939. They originally were supposed to blow it up, but that didn't happen. The infamous roadway is being replaced with a new bridge right [...]
October 6, By Christian Murray The Department of Homeless Services has been housing homeless families at the City View Inn in Long Island City since late July, residents learned at a community meeting last night. The revelation was made during a heated Community Board 2 meeting on Oct. 6 while board members were questioning DHS [...]
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 [...]
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.
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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.
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.
Civility in a Hyperpartisan Era WNYC Radio: Andrew Reiner, who teaches in the Honors College and English department at Towson University and leads a seminar called "Mister Rogers 101: Why Civility and Community Still Matter,” discusses why civility and community are vital in the current political climate.
Just a stone's throw away from Blissville lies Sunnyside, a New York City neighborhood with an equally pleasant name. Sunnyside was the first place where I lived when I moved to New York. I was instantly enamored with the quaint beauty and quiet, local feel of Sunnyside. I decided to create a video of the [...]