Hidden History of Queens

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Queens has a history filled with fascinating firsts, cool characters and ramshackle ruins. Poet Clement Clarke Moore was inspired by childhood memories of Elmhurst when he wrote the poem "'Twas the Night before Christmas." From the nation's first modern highway to the first-ever transatlantic flight, the borough has long been at the forefront of modern transportation. 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.
ISBN: 9781467138536
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New York
Series: Hidden History
Images: 79
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Richard Panchyk knew that he wanted to be a writer by the time he was seven years old. He sold his first “book,” a four-page handwritten trivia booklet written on a folded piece of loose-leaf paper in runny blue ink, to a third-grade classmate for a nickel. A proud native of Elmhurst, Queens, Richard attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where a class on New York ignited his interest in the area’s fascinating history. He has published a total of thirty-three books, including nine titles on New York City and five on Long Island. He published his first book with The History Press in 2007.
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