Exhibit & Lecture On the Waterfront

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Tue Jan 1 2013

Long Island City and Astoria, as transportation terminals, owe their existence to the waterfront.

When Europeans arrived in the seventeenth century, they moved into the same waterfront clearings where native-Americans had lived from time immemorial. American horticulture industry started along its salt meadows, rich soils and water tempered climate. On the waterfront farmers built piers to ship produce and constructed tide mills to mill grain. The shorefront launched the city’s fortunes and would became one of the most densely developed and polluted places on earth.

For most of our history, the waterfront was cut off from the community, first by wealthy estates and farms, then by industry.

The threat of massive development – or the promise of public parkland – makes its future today among largest questions facing our community.

Lecture and exhibit at the society‘s lecture space in the Quinn Building 35-20 Broadway, LIC, NY.

Fee: Free to GAHS members, $5.00 non-members

These programs are supported by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional support provided by the membership of the Greater Astoria Historical Society.