Richard Hourahan interviewed by Natalie Milbrodt

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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
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
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