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Jackson Heights History Thread
« on: November 05, 2007, 10:29:16 AM »
If you've got links, articles or old photos to share about the history Jackson Heights, here is the place to do it.

We'll get this rolling with two fascinating pages from the "Forgotten New York" web page...

Jackson Heights Neighborhood Profile:
http://www.forgotten-ny.com/NEIGHBORHOODS/jacksonheights/jackson.html

Jackson Mill Road / Trolley Tracks:
http://www.forgotten-ny.com/TROLLEYS/Jackson%20Tracks/jactrax.html
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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2007, 10:39:36 AM »
Here's a series of articles and posts about the Jackson Heights subway complex at Wired New York Forum... note the old photo of the Victor Moore Arcade that preceded our new bus terminal

http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3027

And here's some information about our "secret" additional underground subway station... built as part of a never-completed line and never used...
http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/stations?219:3401
http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/roosevelt.html


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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2007, 10:41:09 AM »
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group has also posted a history of the community...

http://www.jhbg.org/history/history.html

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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2007, 11:13:13 PM »
I've been interested in checking out the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead in Jackson Heights but haven't gotten around to it yet. Here is the link http://www.rikerhome.com/

built in 1654, it's believed to be the oldest dwelling in America.

Another good resource is the Queens Historical Society http://www.queenshistoricalsociety.org/about.html

edited to add: I see that the forgotten ny site has some photos of the Lent-Riker-Smith house.

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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2007, 10:25:26 AM »
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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2007, 10:38:19 PM »
I highly recommend Dan Karatzas' book entitled Jackson Heights, A Garden in the City.  It's chock full of historical information as well as intriguing photographs of Jackson Heights' yesteryear.  A must read!  I believe JHBG may have copies available for sale for anyone interested.

The Library of Congress also maintains several interesting photos of Jackson Heights in its catalog.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html
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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2007, 07:44:24 PM »
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group has also posted a history of the community...

http://www.jhbg.org/history/history.html


I second this site/organization let alone basically all the links and urls supplied in this thread. 

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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2007, 09:44:16 PM »
I just came across some interesting posts written by people reminiscing about Jackson Heights of yesteryear at the Gotham Center website.  There are the usual posts looking for old friends and such, by there are also a couple of posts from some real old-timers that are interesting to read.

Perform a search for Jackson Heights under the "Neighborhood Stories" link.

http://www.gothamcenter.org/discussions/index.cfm

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Abandoned Section of Roosevelt Station
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 11:32:56 PM »
Another link:

The never used upper level of Roosevelt subway station:
http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/roosevelt.html

This was a platform for a never-built subway line from Broadway and 78th St. to Middle Village and the Rockaways.
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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2008, 04:17:15 PM »
I highly recommend Dan Karatzas' book entitled Jackson Heights, A Garden in the City.  It's chock full of historical information as well as intriguing photographs of Jackson Heights' yesteryear.  A must read!  I believe JHBG may have copies available for sale for anyone interested.

The Library of Congress also maintains several interesting photos of Jackson Heights in its catalog.

http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html

Read this book about a month ago. It is so fantastic! One of the reasons I fell in love with JH was its interesting and visible history -- and this just made me love it even more. Great book. It's out of print but you can find it via other sellers on Amazon.

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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2008, 10:15:30 PM »
Queens Gazette has a feature on Queens news from 1912.

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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2008, 10:10:22 PM »
Read this book about a month ago. It is so fantastic! One of the reasons I fell in love with JH was its interesting and visible history -- and this just made me love it even more. Great book. It's out of print but you can find it via other sellers on Amazon.

The amount of research Dan did is nothing short of amazing.  Loved the book but was a little disappointed that there wasn't just a little bit more about the buildings not developed by the Queensboro Corporation.   

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Re: Jackson Heights History Thread
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2008, 10:26:05 PM »
The amount of research Dan did is nothing short of amazing.  Loved the book but was a little disappointed that there wasn't just a little bit more about the buildings not developed by the Queensboro Corporation.   

The book is unbelievable.  I got a copy about six years ago.  I think it is out of print now so I don't know how easy it is to get a copy.  My favorite picture is of the Jackson Heights golf course with the Towers, Elm Court and Chateau in the distance or the picture of the Jackson Heights Tennis Club.