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Authors: Shavetta Gupta
Date: Time Period: 2014
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:19481
Description: Shavetta Gupta discusses how she decided to send her children to the St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Long Island City, Queens. Her husband was never comfortable with sending their son and daughter to p ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18710
Description: Father and son, Abdel and Ahmed Farghaly, often go to different bakeries or shops for breakfast together on Sundays in their Astoria neighborhood. Abdel discusses how the neighborhood has greatly impr ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18709
Description: Astoria is where the comedians live but it's not where they want to perform. Keith Alberstadt notes that the shows in Astoria are not stellar or off the charts, but it's a good time because of the cam ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18691
Description: Jesse Joyce, Andy Hendrickson, & Keith Alberstadt are all comedians who live in Astoria. They talk about why a lot of comedians live in Astoria (it's easy to get away, by car or air), what makes a suc ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Subject: Neighborhoods
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18770
Description: The group recounts a shooting that took place over the course of a few days at Astoria Houses, as well as a physical fight between two girls that they passed on the street. To them, these incidents we ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18784
Description: Benny Banker talks about the ups and downs of being a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service and how he maintains a positive outlook on the job. He also discusses the changes he has seen ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Subject: Cooks | Comfort food
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18725
Description: Casey Sullivan discusses his past of living all over the United States and his appreciation for American culture, which led him to cooking American comfort food, such as his personal favorite, fried c ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18667
Description: Ching Lee describes the Taiwan Union Christian Church, whose members come from all around the Tri State area. Church members like Ching Lee come to worship and try to provide a home for their children ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Subject: Artists
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18664
Description: Brazillian painter Davi Leventhal discusses the different tools and mediums he uses for his art, as well as artists he admires, which include Van Gogh, Velasquez, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean Luis David. D ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18765
Description: Elizabet Flores' party store, La Bomboniera Marylu, has a lot of suppliers to deliver to her many different customers, such as Greek Orthodox and Ecuadorian people. She describes her favorite product ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18665
Description: Isabel Jennings was born in Puerto Rico and brought up in Astoria. She had been living in Atlanta, Georgia, but moved back to New York recently to be near her daughter who had just had a son. She live ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18668
Description: Jeanne Bowes went to Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and graduated in 2006. Since then, she has been trying to make it in the music world. She mentions that the hardest thing is getting her music exp ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18712
Description: Jeanne Marie Boes, 23, is a singer-songwriter who was born and brought up in Astoria. She attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and says she would go back to that time if she could. She says that ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Subject: Coming of age
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18732
Description: Josh Ellis and Elanna discuss how as native New Yorkers, it is easy to forget that they are living in a city that other dream of visiting. They spent their late childhood and entire adolescence wander ... More
Date: Time Period: 2011.0
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:18749
Description: Josh Ellish and Elanna White discuss aspects of Astoria that they have always enjoyed. Josh mentions that Welling Court is a tight knit community and he knew all his neighbors from block parties he at ... More