Designs for the new $2.7 million Bowne House visitor center include a smaller-than-planned building and sliding, wooden barn doors. Community Board 7 approved the Parks Department’s construction plans for a 1,250-square-foot center, that will be free to the public, on October 28. It is 400 square feet smaller than originally proposed, officials said, and will […]
Officials broke ground last week on a $3.2 million project to preserve a historic Flushing gem. A 17th century symbol of religious freedom, the Bowne House will get a new roof, gutters, pipes, wood wall shingles and steel columns, among other exterior restorations. “The Bowne House helped to shape our history and now it is […]
NEWS YOU CAN USE Bowne House Historical Society to give away trees On Sunday May 1, the Bowne House Historical Society will be giving away trees as part of the MillionTreesNYC project. These trees must be planted on private property and in New York City. The tree giveaway will take place between 1 and 3 […]
The city’s Department of Parks & Recreation and the Historic House Trust have taken ownership of Flushing’s Bowne House, the oldest structure in Queens and one of the oldest in the city. The property was donated by the Bowne House Historical Society, which will continue to operate the house as a museum. It is now […]
The long awaited restoration of Flushing’s Bowne House is finally underway. Built in the 17th century by John Bowne himself, it has stood the test of time as a symbol of religious and cultural tolerance. The trustees of the Bowne House Historical Society held a breakfast on Friday, September 7 in the garden of the […]
A historic 19th-century Queens church that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad could be facing the wrecking ball as leaders in the Flushing congregation consider a proposal to replace the aging structure with a new sanctuary.
Congress passed a bill that would require the federal government to maintain sites like the John Bowne House in Flushing that are associated with the 1657 signing of the Flushing Remonstrance, the document recognized as the forerunner of religious freedom in America.
A split community board narrowly approved a proposal last week to rezone a portion of Union Turnpike. The controversial rezoning plan would allow developer Sam Zirkiev build a four-story residential and retail structure at 158-15 Union Turnpike. It barely cleared Community Board 8 last Wednesday, with a nail-biting 17-14 vote. “It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Zirkiev […]
Last Friday I was honored to attend The Queens Courier’s Power Breakfast 2013 NYC Mayoral Forum as a guest of The Courier’s owner Vicki Schneps. This was the first Mayoral Forum in which every candidate was on the same stage as each other at the same time. Thanks to Vicki, I was able to get […]
The landmark status of a historic Colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows has been approved by the City Council. The council voted overwhelmingly to accept Brinckerhoff Cemetery’s landmark designation on December 10 after the 18th century site was approved for official landmark status by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in August. “With the landmarking […]
During Helen Marshall’s annual address on the state of Queens, the borough president exalted the borough’s successful projects — past, present and future. “I am so glad that we have gathered here today to celebrate our progress and set the course for the year ahead,” said Marshall to open her 11th State of the Borough […]