Community Board 7 approves Bowne House visitor center designs


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo rendering by Parks Department

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 […]

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Bowne House restoration breaks ground


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Photos courtesy of the Parks Department

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 […]

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Bowne House restoration has begun


By Queens Courier Staff

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 […]

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Local pol fights to gain national recognition of Flushing’s ties to religious freedom


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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.

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House bill looks at Flushing’s connection to religious freedom


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There’s more than just tennis and the World’s Fair in Queens. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng wants to add the roots of American religious freedom to Queens’ list of accomplishments.

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Rep. Meng wants Flushing gems added to National Park Service


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Federal park officials are supporting a bill by Congressmember Grace Meng that would make historic Flushing sites part of the National Park Service, the legislator said.

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Community board OKs rezone for part of Union Turnpike


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Renderings courtesy of Richard Lobel

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 […]

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Brinckerhoff Cemetery granted landmark status by City Council


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Photo courtesy of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

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 […]

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Helen Marshall delivers State of the Borough


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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 […]

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