“I once loved a girl” – a Dylan lyric

“I once loved a girl” – a Dylan lyric

It was an iconic image – a musician walks through slush and fading winter light down Jones Street towards West Fourth  in the Village with a pretty girl at his side. Upstairs his $60 a month apartment has a few pieces of second hand furniture,…

The Brewster Carriage Company

The Brewster Carriage Company

This is a story that the late Alan Baum, whose father was a key employee of the Brewster Automobile Company, sent to the Greater Astoria Historical Society some years ago. The former Brewster Building, at 27-01 Queens Plaza North, is now the home of Jet…

Marcus Loew and Loew’s Theatres

Marcus Loew and Loew’s Theatres

Marcus Loew was born to a poor Jewish family in New York City. He was forced to leave school at a young age and work at a series of menial jobs. He was fortunate to somehow land a job on a ferry boat and was…

The Woman Who Loved Words

The Woman Who Loved Words

On March 21, 1951, Fed Astaire hosted the 23rd Academy Awards at the legendary RKO Pantages Theatre before an audience of Hollywood legends. Nominees for ‘Best Actress’ included Gloria Swanson, {Sunset Boulevard), as well as Anne Baxter and Bette Davis (All About Eve).The award went…