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TOP: Children playing at the Astoria Pool.

MIDDLE: Bungalow in Far Rockaway.

BOTTOM: View from Forest Hills train station.


ORGANIZATIONS    MUSEUMS    SITES TO SEE    GENERAL INFO

ORGANIZATIONS

The Queens Historical Society
http://www.queenshistoricalsociety.org/index.html
As the historical society for the largest borough in New York City, the Queens Historical Society publishes a quarterly newsletter and offers a regular series of lectures, programs and slide presentations. In addition, the Society cooperates closely with and serves as a resource for local preservation groups and historical societies throughout Queens and the City of New York. The Queens Historical Society maintains the 18th century Kingsland Homestead and the Moore-Jackson Cemetery, a rare surviving Colonial-era family burial ground established circa 1733.

Queens Chamber of Commerce
http://www.queenschamber.org/
Established in 1911, the Queens Chamber of Commerce offers information to businesses and community members.

Office of the Queens Borough President
http://www.queensbp.org/
The Queens Borough President's Office Web site provides information about city services, safety, tourism and more.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society
http://www.astorialic.org/
The Greater Astoria Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the past and promoting Long Island City's future. The Society hosts field trips, walking tours, slide presentations, and guest lectures to schools and the public.

The Bayside Historical Society
http://www.baysidehistorical.org/mid.htm
The Bayside Historical Society was founded to collect, preserve and disseminate information concerning the history of Bayside, Queens, and its adjacent communities.

The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society
http://members.aol.com/ondrdnkhse/grhs.htm
In addition to providing information and exhibitions about the history of the Greater Ridgewood Area, the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society maintains the Onderdonk House, an 18th Century Dutch built around 1709.

The Richmond Hill Historical Society
www.richmondhillhistory.org
The Richmond Hill Historical Society sponsors tours of historic homes, lectures and exhibits that highlight Richmond Hill history.

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce
http://www.sunnysidechamber.org
The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce provides information about goods and services, tourist attractions, and business opportunities in the Sunnyside area.

The American Littoral Society -- Northeast Chapter
http://www.alsnyc.org/
Located in Broad Channel, the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society is environmental organization concerned about issues that effect the littoral zone: the area on the beach between low and high tide.

Broad Channel Community Web site
www.broadchannelny.com
The official Web site for Broad Channel, the only inhabited island in Jamaica Bay.

Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association of Far Rockaway, Inc
www.preserve.org/bungalow

Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association is dedicated to the preservation of the last remaining bungalow colonies in Far Rockaway and along the Rockaway peninsula.

MUSEUMS

Queens Library Gallery
http://www.queenslibrary.org/gallery/
Located in the Central Library in Jamaica, the Queens Borough Public Library Gallery offers museum-quality exhibitions and arts education activities which explore history, art, literature, children's themes, and ethnic culture. The From Burgh to Borough: Queens Enters the 20th Century exhibit is a excellent online resource about the history of the growth of Queens.

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
http://noguchi.org/index.html
Located in Long Island City, the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum was the first artist-created museum in the United States. The museum contains more than 240 works on display and a sculpture garden.

The Queens Museum of Art
http://www.queensmuseum.org/
The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life.

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
http://www.ps1.org/cut/main.html
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center is one of the largest and oldest arts organizations in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art. The museum is located in Long Island City.

The American Museum of the Moving Image
http://www.ammi.org/site/site.php
With over 83,000 items on display, the American Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to educating the public about the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media and examining the impact of this art on culture and society. The Museum is located on the site of the East Coast's largest motion picture and television production facility, the Kaufman Astoria Studio.

The New York Hall of Science
http://www.nyhallsci.org/
With more than 400 hands-on exhibits, the New York Hall of Science is New York City's only hands-on science and technology museum. It contains a 30,000 square-foot outdoor Science Playground.

SITES TO SEE

The Louis Armstrong House and Archives
http://www.satchmo.net/about/location
For close to three decades, jazz legend Louis Armstrong lived in a modest home in Corona. The Louis Armstrong House & Archives are dedicated to preserving and promoting his legacy. His house operates as a museum and the Archives are located at Queens College. Both are open to the public daily.

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts at Flushing Town Hall
http://www.flushingtownhall.com
The Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, headquartered at historic Flushing Town Hall provides high quality programs, including exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography and award-winning performances of jazz, opera, theater, dance and classical music.

Bowne House
http://www.bownehouse.org/history/bowne_family.shtm
The Bowne House is the oldest house in Queens and among the oldest in New York City. The house was built by John Bowne, a man who courageously defended the right of religious freedom in 1662.

Flushing Quaker Meeting House
http://www.nyym.org/flushing/hmh.html
Built in 1694, the Quaker Meeting House is New York City's oldest house of worship in continuous use.

The Riker-Lent Smith Homestead
http://www.lentrikersmithhomestead.com/
Built by Abraham Riker in 1656, the Riker-Lent Smith Homestead has been maintained as a private dwelling ever since. A graveyard is located on the property with 132 marked graves dating back to the 17th century.

The Queens Botanical Garden
http://www.queensbotanical.org/
Set on 39 acres, the Queens Botanical Garden is an oasis of green space in the heart of Queens with rose, bee, herb, and perennial gardens, changing displays, and public programs.

Queens Theatre in the Park
http://www.queenstheatre.org/
Queens Theatre in the Park presents programs for adults and children by a host of local based, national, and international performing artists.

The Queens Zoo
http://wcs.org/home/zoos/queenswildlifecenter/
The Queens Zoo has the feel of a national park -- albeit a small one. The zoo perimeter is a pathway that leads visitors to pockets of wild habitats, from the Great Plains to the rocky California coast to a Northeast forest. At home in these naturalistic settings are spectacular American species: American bison, mountain lions, California sea lions, American bald eagles, Roosevelt elk, and more.

The United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center
http://www.usta.com/nationaltenniscenternews/
home.sps?iType=951

Located in Flushing, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Tennis Center is open to the public for playing tennis ten months a year. In addition, the staff at the USTA National Tennis Center conducts community tennis programs, summer tennis camps, and group and private lessons. The United States Tennis Association is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The USTA owns and operates the US Open, held at the USTA National Tennis Center.

King Manor
http://www.Kingmanor.org
Located in Jamaica, King Manor was the home and farm of Rufus King, an author of the U.S. Constitution, one of New York's first United States senators, ambassador to Great Britain and an outspoken opponent of slavery.

Queens County Farm Museum
http://www.queensfarm.org/
The Queens County Farm Museum is New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the City.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/vt_flushing_meadows/
vt_flushing_meadows_park.html

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a 1,255-acre park that takes well more than a day to explore. It hosts Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets, the National Tennis Center, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, the Queens Zoo, Meadow Lake, and a 84-acre man made lake. In addition, the park contains many statues from the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs including the Unisphere, the unofficial symbol of Queens.

The Astoria Pool
http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/historical_signs/
hs_historical_sign.php?id=8892

Located in Astoria Park, the Astoria Pool is one of the largest and most popular swimming facilities in the country.



GENERAL INFORMATION

New York Newsday - Queens edition
http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/queens/
The Queens section of New York Newsday provides information about local news, restaurants, museums, arts and leisure activities, and a guide to Queens events.

Queens Tribune
http://www.queenstribune.com
The Queens Tribune is a weekly newspaper serving Queens.

Discover Queens
http://www.discoverqueens.info/home.html
Sponsored by the Queens County Economic Development Corporation, this Web site is devoted to promoting tourist attractions in Queens.

Queensnewyork.com
http://www.queensnewyork.com/index
A guide to Queens including cultural, theatre, concerts, restaurants, shopping, weather, and emergency information.

Historic Jackson Heights
http://www.preserve.org/jhbg/jhbg.htm
The Web site includes photos of historic homes, architectural information, and a history of the district.

New York 1939-1940 World's Fair
http://www2.sjsu.edu/faculty/wooda/39fair.html
This is a collection of advertisements, postcards, and other images from the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.

New York 1964 World's Fair
http://naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/ny64fair/
Web site dedicated to the 1964 World's Fair including history, illustrated articles, and interactive maps with photos of 140 attractions.