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Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20474
Description: Mrs. Mohan says she felt safe in her neighborhood when she lived in Woodside. She had a lot of Indian neighbors. The Mohans say they took precautions by not going out late at night. Now they live in B ... More
Date: Time Period: 1962 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20638
Description: Ms. Blunnie moved to Sunnyside in 1962. She lived in Midtown Manhattan, and got married to a man from the Bronx. Her husband didn't want to live in Manhattan and they couldn't find an apartment there, ... More
Date: Time Period: 1962 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20514
Description: Ms. Blunnie says housing in Sunnyside is still the same as it used to be, but many of the buildings are now co-ops. She says it's good to preserve the atmosphere of Sunnyside. Sunnyside was like a lit ... More
Date: Time Period: 1962 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20577
Description: Elizabeth "Betty" Blunnie was born in Manhattan and moved with her husband to Sunnyside in 1962. She is a member of the Sunnyside Community Services Center for Active Adults. In this interview Betty d ... More
Date: Time Period: 1950 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20599
Description: Nilda Tirado and her sister Rosa bought their house in Waldheim in 1972. The had previously lived in an apartment. When they started fixing it up before moving in, her mother fell down the stairs and ... More
Date: Time Period: 1950 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20536
Description: Ms. Tirado has not considered leaving her neighborhood. She likes where she lives with her sister and mother because it is safe, has good transportation, hospitals-particularly New York Hospital, and ... More
Date: Time Period: 1950 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20646
Description: Ms. Tirado enjoyed going to the 1964 World's Fair and took numerous friends and family members who visited her. She fondly describes using her annual pass, going to the World of Tomorrow and eating in ... More
Date: Time Period: 1947 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20500
Description: Wally Rosenthal remarks that growing up, his neighbors were largely of European descent. He considers the integration of Christian and Jewish families significant in the neighborhood since at the time ... More
Date: Time Period: 1946 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20519
Description: Mr. Vilensky talks about Woodside in the 1940's. He remembers there used to be 4 Jewish centers and 3 movie houses. The area across from him was mostly forests. The neighborhood was mostly Jewish, Ita ... More
Date: Time Period: 1946 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20610
Description: Mr. Vilensky and Ms. Verano describe the changes that have occurred in terms of the ethnicity and nationality in Woodside. There are few Jewish and Irish residents, while the number of residents who a ... More
Date: Time Period: 1946 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20642
Description: Mr. Vilensky remarks on how Woodside has changed. There used to be a lot of retail stores in the area. He notes that now there are mostly restaurants, grocery stores, and chain stores.
Date: Time Period: 1946 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20581
Description: Jenny Verano came to Queens from Colombia in 1964 and moved to Woodside 43 years ago. Abe Vilensky first moved to Woodside around 1946, subsequently moved to Bayside to raise his kids, and returned to ... More
Date: Time Period: 1941 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20652
Description: Nettie Stewart moved with her parents from South Carolina in 1941 to Jamaica, Queens where her father worked as a minister for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1951, Nettie and her husband m ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20570
Description: Looking forward to her 95th birthday in August, 2011, Gertrude McDonald shares some memories from a lifetime of activity in Sunnyside, Queens. She moved as a little girl in 1923 to one of the first la ... More
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20484
Description: Paul Graziano helped create the Waldheim Neighborhood Association. Some of the initial issues the group wished to address were drug dealing in the area, and the expansion of a large church.