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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
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20602
Description: Mr. Hourahan believes that the era has passed when market values in a neighborhood drop when a new ethnic minority arrives. He describes his take on rising property values, development, and the new po ... More
Date: Time Period: 1900 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20603
Description: Richard Hourahan, collections manager of the Queens Historical Society, speaks from Kingsland Manor, the 18th century home of influential Flushing residents, the King family. Hourahan speaks about the ... More
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20592
Description: Mr. Graziano describes how Flushing was a small town before the railroad was built. Then it became a resort town 1840-1870. People from Manhattan would travel by ferry to Long Island City, take a trai ... More
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20639
Description: According to Mr. Graziano, the Waldheim neighborhood was one of the first subdivisions in the United States. It was a product of the City Beautiful movement, which began after the Civil War and contin ... More
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20480
Description: Mr. Graziano relates that up through WWII, Flushing consisted of estates. After the war, he describes large-scale block-busting with developers buying rows of Victorian houses in the interior blocks e ... More
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20495
Description: Mr. Graziano describes how New York City adapted the current zoning resolution in 1961. It was designed by real estate interests and city planners who predicted a population boom. This did not happen, ... 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.
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20607
Description: Mr. Graziano describes how one of the first projects of the Waldheim Neighborhood Association was to get buildings landmarked, since they had lost many historic houses. Mr. Graziano surveyed and photo ... More
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20582
Description: Paul Graziano, raised $40,000 for his Green Party run and got 80f the vote. He says he would run again if he had the funding. He describes his successes with rezoning efforts and the opposition he fac ... More
Date: Time Period: 1825 - 2010
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:20469
Description: Paul Graziano, is originally from Flushing. He is an urban planning and historic preservation consultant, and an advocate for preservation in four states. Mr. Graziano discusses the history of Flushin ... More