The photographs dramatically illustrate how life in America has changed over the last 100 years. It's impossible to walk past some of them. They just stop you in your tracks.
Queens, New York (PRWEB) February 01, 2012
The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows, which is decorated with nearly 70 black and white photographic images of historic Queens, obtained from the Queens Historical Society, has launched an online gallery of its photos. A sampling of the compelling images that line the hallways of the Queens business center can be viewed at http://www.executiveofficefm.com/hisphotos.htm.
"The photographs dramatically illustrate how life in America has changed over the last 100 years," said Jack Blumner, Executive Director of the office center. "When we opened last October, we thought it would be interesting to use historic images of Queens to decorate the office building rather than traditional artwork. It's impossible to walk past some of them. They just stop you in your tracks."
"Some of the photographs go as far back as the late 1800s, to the time before Queens was even a borough," said Mr. Blumner. "There is a wonderful photo of the old Queens Court House in Long Island City, taken in 1887." Others from the same time period include an image of the Flushing Post Office in 1895, and a 1895 image of the Van Siclen farm, the present day site of St. John's University in Fresh Meadows.
Several photographs depict the turn of the century amusement park in East Elmhurst known as North Beach, which later gave way to the landing fields of LaGuardia Airport (shown in 1939, when it opened).
There are numerous images that show the development of the infrastructure of the borough over the years. There is a picture showing the construction of the Whitestone Bridge (1939), another of the building of the Queensboro Bridge (1915), and a 1908 photo of the construction of the Flushing 7 train line.
Queens was once home to some famous personalities, such as World Heavyweight Champion, James Corbett. A 1903 photo shows Corbett out for a carriage ride with his wife and two pooches, smiling amicably at the camera.
No photographic retrospective of Queens would be complete without photos of the 1964 Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Park. That marvelous summer, when the world came to Queens, is recalled in several photos of the Fair.
Few people who live in Queens today will remember that Flushing Meadow Park was also home to the 1939 Worlds Fair. One of the buildings that was built for the 1939 Fair later became the temporary home of the United Nations, from 1946 to 1951. A photo on display in the Executive Office Center conference room shows the historic vote by the UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947 to divide the British Mandate of Palestine into two states, one Arab and one Jewish.
About the Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows:
The Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows is the premiere provider of furnished full-serve office space and virtual offices in Queens, NY. Day suites and meeting rooms are available at hourly, daily and weekly rates. High quality video conferencing services are also available at the center.
For further information about the office center, contact Associate Director, Mary Abrams, at 718-475-2121. The office building is accessible by the Q17 bus, which stops nearby at the intersection of Horace Harding and 188th Street, and by the Q30 and Q31 buses, which stop at Utopia Parkway and 64th Avenue.
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