Nov 06 2018

Wednesday Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society on November 7, 2018

Please join us for another special evening providing an update on Motor Parkway projects and a return visit of author Richard Panchyk.  Richard will be highlighting his new book Hidden History of Queens and several of his recent Mystery Foto aerials.

The program will be held at the Bethpage Public Library, 47 Powell Avenue, beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Please bring your family and friends.


Howard Kroplick

Hidden History of Queens

Queens has a history filled with fascinating firsts, cool characters and ramshackle ruins. From the nation's first modern highway to the first-ever transatlantic flight, the borough has long been at the forefront of modern transportation. Poet Clement Clarke Moore was inspired by childhood memories of Elmhurst when he wrote the poem "'Twas the Night before Christmas." The infamous William "Boss" Tweed once fled jail to a secret hideout in a Bayside hotel. The remains of the old Creedmoor Hospital complex in Queens Village are haunting, as are the eerie remnants of Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. Author Richard Panchyk reveals glimpses of the hidden history of Queens.

Richard Panchyk

Born in Queens, New York, Richard Panchyk is the author, editor, or translator of 33 books, featuring more than 2,500 illustrations, 250 activities, and 700 interviews. His books, totaling over 3,500 pages, include 12 books in the “For Kids” series published by Chicago Review Press, 11 history books on New York City and Long Island, and three translations of 1930s German novels into English. His works can be found in library systems in all 50 states, and have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Portuguese. Among the figures he has interviewed for his books are: Kurt Vonnegut, Rudy Giuliani, John Anderson, George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Edwin Meese III, Morley Safer, Ken Starr, Robert Morgenthau, Mario Cuomo, Carl Erskine, and Ralph Nader. Some of our most illustrious leaders have contributed forewords and introductions to his books, including Former President Bill Clinton, Senators John McCain, Edward Kennedy, and John Kerry, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Edward Cardinal Egan (former Archbishop of New York). His book World War II for Kids was named a Notable Book of 2003 by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Richard knew he wanted to be a writer by the age of seven. He sold his first "book," a four-page handwritten trivia booklet, to a third grade classmate for a nickel. He wrote his first novel on loose-leaf paper at the age of thirteen, using a leaky ballpoint pen. Richard continued to focus on writing through his years at the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. In college, he was Editor-in-Chief of his student newspaper, for which he wrote more than 100 articles and penned a cartoon feature called “Over the Ledge.” He printed a small book of his poems at the age of 19, and published his first book with Van Nostrand Reinhold at the age of 21. He received a Master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts/​Amherst; a degree he put to good use in writing his critically acclaimed book Archaeology for Kids (2001).

He has also written more than 35 journal and encyclopedia articles for volumes including Americans at War, The Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure, and The Encyclopedia of American Counterculture.


Oct 29 2018 Bruce Adams 10:02 PM

Queens was where the FIRST (rigid) transatlantic flight originated?
Alcort & Brown in their Vickers, June 15, 1919, flying from Newfoundland to Galway might differ.
The May, 1919 Curtis NC-4 ATTEMPT was disqualified as more than one aircraft was used in the attempt, taking 23 days and making SIX STOPS.

Nov 14 2018 frank femenias 8:48 PM

What great news to hear at the meeting the church at 51st Ave and Broadway, Queens was able to attain Historic Preservation status, and rightfully so. Amazing in Google Street View, anyone can easily tell this church should be preserved. Check it out. So many walking by all day long not realizing its historic significance. Great job Richard.

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