The Greater Astoria Historical Society is the repository for the broader Long Island City’s documents and has continued to expand our services to its neighborhood community. More than 50,000 newspapers, maps, documents, and artifacts, as well as 150,000 photographs, are housed and preserved in our collection.

Greater Astoria Historical Society has one of the largest collection of historic photos of Queens and New York City postcards in the world. Browse our collection and take trip back in time – who knows what you might find.



The goal of AQ Spectra is to make available the urban fabric of NYC—its people, its neighborhoods, and its stories—to the arts community, encompassing novelists, movie producers, theatrical producers, and artists. Through the four people who are principals, we have put together a team that can assist just about any discipline in the arts who would like access to the real New York.



Forgotten NY chronicles unnoticed aspects of the City the tourists never see: painted building ads, abandoned subway stations, out-of-the-way neighborhoods and more. Forgotten NY has been named one of Forbes’ Best City Blogs sites, and has been profiled in all of NYC’s daily newspapers.



We also recognize that the Borough of Queens has a unique historic role in the development of modern urban planning: it has an extraordinary heritage of twentieth-century Model Housing and Planned Communities. GAHS, and its affiliate, Forgotten NY, sponsor a robust schedule of walking tours and lectures on this theme, and similar contemporary topics. With more than 50,000 newspapers, maps, documents, and artifacts, as well as 150,000 photographs, are housed and preserved in our collection to help us to define the urban fabric of Queens and New York City. 

Our research collection contains limitless resources and information regarding all aspects of LIC. If you would like personal research done on old locations or landmarks please contact us for further details and pricing. For requests, please leave detailed information about what you are looking for and any information you know that will aid in fulfilling the request. A staff member will be in touch with you shortly.‍




Through education programs, exhibitions, the research library, our historic sites, and special events, GAHS offers New Yorkers and visitors to Queens a chance to connect with the heritage of Queens.

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