LIC ART HUNT!

DISCOVER THE PUBLIC ARTWORK OF LIC! A Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt! Win Prizes! Have Fun! Discover LIC! Here is a link to the Scavenger Hunt June 14 to June 27, 2021 LIC Partnership's "LIC Springs to Summer!" More info here:

Inside the Steinway Mansion a Virtual Tour

Inside the Steinway Mansion a Virtual Tour Walk through the rooms and halls of the famed Steinway Mansion. Experience the interior of this landmarked home and see what it looked like for many years. To get a ticket for the event click here  

Growing Up Bank Street a Book Discussion

Growing Up Bank Street a Book Discussion Donna Florio’s fierce love letter to a quintessential city street and the characters who lived, laughed, cried, and sometimes died there. Bank Street is at once ordinary and an extraordinary panorama of America. As the only child of a family that worked in the opera, Bank Street in the 1960s was Florio’s playground, its residents her extended family. Neighbors ran the gamut from painters, social activists, writers, longshoremen, …

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South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport A virtual walking tour of the South St. Seaport with Forgotten NY's Kevin Walsh Stroll the streets of the South St Seaport where the Fulton Fish Market once stood. Pass by the sites of the olds restaurants such as Sweet’s and Sloppy Louie’s Restaurants (the old Paris Bar and Grill at South Street and Peck Slip which lasted until 2020,and the grande dame of NYC restaurants, the Bridge Café at Water and Dover …

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LIC Gantry Lecture

LIC Gantry Lecture The Backstory of the Long Island City Gantries with Bob Singleton, Exec Dir Greater Astoria Historical Society Before the Hell Gate Bridge opened in 1917, New York’s topography, which gave it extraordinary water access, also made Long Island (including Queens and Brooklyn) inaccessible to the national rail grid. Join Bob Singleton for the story of Long Island City’s gantries with lift bridges, which accepted cargo-laden rail cars that were shuttled around New …

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City Island

City Island City Island is chock full of antique shops, art galleries, and seafood restaurants, most of them arrayed along City Island Avenue. Located on a spit of an island in Eastchester Bay in the extreme northeast Bronx, City Island is a transplanted New England fishing village seemingly beamed into the New York Metropolitan area. City Island was privately owned, first by the Pell family and then by the Palmer family, from 1654 until it …

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Historic Houses of Queens

Historic Houses of Queens Queens, New York, boasts a rich history that includes dozens of poorly publicized but historically impressive houses. A mix of farmsteads, mansions, seaside escapes, and architecturally significant community dwellings, these homes were owned by America’s forefathers, nouveau riche industrialists, Wall Street tycoons, and prominent African American entertainers from the Jazz Age. Rufus King, a senator and the youngest signer of the US Constitution, operated a large family farm in Jamaica, while …

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Open House NY – A Virtural Tour of the Steinway Mansion

Open House NY - A Virtural Tour of the Steinway Mansion Home to renowned piano manufacturer William Steinway and his family, this grand Italianate villa overlooking Bowery Bay was the center of a thriving model community and commercial district and the birthplace of urban development ideas that influence the city today.   Home to renowned piano manufacturer William Steinway and his family, this grand Italianate villa overlooking Bowery Bay was the center of a thriving …

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Civil Rights on Long Island

Civil Rights on Long Island Long Island has been in the corridors of almost all major turning points of American history, but Long Island has been overlooked as a battleground of the civil rights movement. Christopher Verga is a local historian and American history lecturer at Suffolk County Community College. Christopher utilized images from local historical societies, private collections, and the African American Museum of Nassau County to create a narrative of civil rights challenges …

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A Halloween Tour of the Cemetary Belt

A Halloween Tour of the Cemetary Belt Only the brave should join us on a virtual tour of the Queens Cemetery Belt. Thomas Wolfe wrote, “Only the Dead Know Brooklyn,” but he must not have spent much time in Queens. This tour will take you to the Cemetery Belt - the great burial grounds of more than five million people, including everyone from Mae West to confederate soldiers. We’ll also visit Machpelah Cemetery, the final …

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Prospect Park with Forgotten NY

  Prospect Park with Forgotten NY Prospect Park is hardly Forgotten: millions use it to relax, play ball, stroll, take in the sun. But there are plenty of nooks and crannies in the park that is unknown to all but the connoisseurs. Come with Kevin Walsh and Forgotten NY in association with the Greater Astoria Historical Society which answers questions few have raised such as: What does the Maryland Monument commemorate? Where is New York …

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All the Queens Houses: the highly idiosyncratic housing styles of Queens

 All the Queens Houses: The highly idiosyncratic housing styles of Queens! The borough of Queens has long been celebrated as the melting pot of America. Over a million foreign-born residents call it home, yet its houses are relatively unknown.  This first comprehensive publication features over two-hundred images of highly idiosyncratic residential structures that characterize the global building aesthetic of Queens. Between 2013 and 2020, Spanish-born architect and artist Rafael Herrin-Ferri made these buildings the subject …

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