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Date: Time Period: 1970 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20591
Description: When the Mohans first moved from India, there were not many Indian shops in Flushing, and they used to go to Jackson Heights. Now shops on Main Street in that were Indian-owned have been bought by Chi ... More
Date: Time Period: 1960s
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20563
Description: Nettie and Lisa Stewart describe going to Aquacade in Flushing Meadows Park. Their neighbor gave them free tickets to the show in the summer. They describe the show, and compare it to an Esther Willia ... More
Date: Time Period: circa 1959
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20542
Description: Lisa Stewart describes her family being one of only two African American families in the congregation at St. John's Lutheran Church, but feeling accepted and part of the community.
Date: Time Period: circa 1959
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20517
Description: Nettie and Lisa Stewart describe the foreign students (including Fidel Castro's son and daughter) who attended P.S. 20 John Bowne Elementary School in the 1960's. Lisa says classes were segregated wit ... More
Date: Time Period: 1951 - 2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20645
Description: Nettie and Lisa Stewart say Flushing Creek was polluted for years until the Sky View shopping and housing development was built on its banks. Before that, residents in nearby Bland Houses could smell ... More
Date: Time Period: 1950 - 1960
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20613
Description: Wally Rosenthal remembers growing up with a lot of other children to play with in his Flushing neighborhood. They played stoopball, boxball, stickball, tag, and touch football. They would also venture ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20533
Description: The New York World's Fairs in Flushing were actually not official World's Fairs. According to Mr. Hourahan, Robert Moses put on the 1939 New York World's Fair as a promotional event to raise money for ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20580
Description: Mr. Hourahan describes how the Progressive era, was not just one of social reform, but also reflected a changing economy, immigration. and growth of industry. The family that lived in the historical s ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20605
Description: Mr. Hourahan describes the 1920's economic bubble as similar to the one in 2010. Advertisements describe Flushing as a healthy clean place to live. The area was just residential, there were no factory ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20606
Description: African Americans living in Flushing date back to colonial times. In the 1800's 200f the population were African Americans who were slaves. The Irish settled in Flushing in the 1840's, and went to St. ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20478
Description: According to Mr. Hourahan, the impact of the World's Fairs on Flushing included topographical changes consisting of man made lakes, Flushing Creek, and ash heaps. The perceptions that people came from ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20600
Description: Mr. Hourahan relates that in 1970, his wife's cousins used to go to a Japanese store on Main Street to buy rice. Most of the other stores were boarded up, and the area was empty at night. Past Rooseve ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20503
Description: Mr. Hourahan states that there continues to be tension between Chinese residents from Taiwan and mainland China. Outside the Taiwan Center on Northern Boulevard he used to see posters advocating suppo ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Subject: Jews | Synagogues
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20524
Description: Mr. Hourahan relates that he used to think Flushing was a predominantly Jewish area, since everyone he knew there was Jewish. He says people come to Flushing from other areas as well, relating a story ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20505
Description: Mr. Hourahan observes the contrast between poverty and big business in Flushing. He sees a many elderly Asian residents at AME Church soup kitchen. Flushing also has one of the highest rents, and is b ... More