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Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20557
Description: Susan Christensen and Annalou Christensen desribe the small businesses in the area. The children were sent by their parents to the grocery store or druggist and the shop owners would put it on the fam ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20568
Description: Annalou Christensen describes how Queens College used to be a boy's reform school. At Christensen's grammar school boys would scare the girls by telling them that they were going to have a tough teach ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20653
Description: Annalou Christensen recalls the Janus movie theater on Main Street and Northern Boulevard nicknamed the "Itch and Scratch". It was old broken and broken down, probably earned its nickname from the bug ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20544
Description: Annalou Christensen describes how the School for Girls was turned into housing for the Veterans of the Civil War, and later became an orphanage. The orphanage became the favorite charity of Flushing a ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20483
Description: Annalou Christensen talks about moving from West 14th Street in Manhattan to the Waldheim neighborhood at age 3. She recalls not wanting to leave her old house and her father coming to get her. She de ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20624
Description: Annalou Christensen recalls going to the ice skating rink in Kissena Park in her youth. A red ball would be hanging in the front of the trolley so people knew it was safe to skate. She describes going ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20554
Description: Annalou Christensen describes how their family house was bought from a neighbor who her father used to talk to over the hedge in the yard. The deal to buy the house for $7000 was settled with a handsh ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20539
Description: Annalou Christensen describes how only one family houses were permitted to be built in the area. Once the restrictions were lifted in the 1930s, the area was developed and apartment buildings were bui ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20538
Description: Annalou Christensen attended City College, CUNY to get her masters degree in special education after having seven children. She initially taught high school English, but decided to get a degree in spe ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20471
Description: Annalou Christensen describes the businesses that used to exist in downtown Flushing. There was Abramson's Department Store, little specialty shops, shoe stores, book stores, and Miller and Mack which ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20586
Description: Annalou Christensen could see her mother's house all the way from Kissena Park. She could see the green door of the house all the way at the end of Smart Street. She was very upset, because she did no ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20526
Description: Annalou Christensen recounts that life was simpler in her childhood. She describes how on hot days if you couldn't go to a beach, you'd ask your mother to go under the garden hose. She loved school an ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20506
Description: Annalou Christensen went to the same hairdresser 45 years in Maspeth. She wound up going to him because she and her mother would go to him when he worked at Kitty's downtown on Main Street. He was a v ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20643
Description: 92-year-old Annalou Christensen (née McQuilling)’s parents purchased the lot for their home in the 1920’s from the original developers of the Waldheim Neighborhood in Flushing, Queens. Her father was ... More
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