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Author to discuss book ‘Images of America: Forest Hills’ at local Barnes & Noble

| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of Image of America: Forest Hills

Forest Hills is home to the country’s first planned community, a tennis club with grass courts that used to host the U.S. Open Grand Slam Tournament, beautiful parks, good public schools and countless restaurants, religious institutions and stores.

Then there are the people. Fashion designer extraordinaire Donna Karan, Hank Azaria, the voice behind many “Simpsons” characters, Geraldine Ferraro, a Democratic congresswoman who was the first woman to run for vice president of the United States for a major party in 1984, and even Spider-Man lived there.

Nick Hirshon, a former Daily News reporter, has captured the neighborhood in his book “Images of America: Forest Hills.” The paperback begins with a forward by native son Ray Romano, who waxes nostalgically about the tree-lined streets, sense of community and Eddie’s Sweet Shop.

Then readers learn about former President Theodore Roosevelt’s “100% American” speech at Station Square on July 4, 1917, before delving into such color as the public housing controversy that made national headlines in the 1970s and launched local lawyer Mario Cuomo’s political career and Topsy’s Cabin, a restaurant that opened on Queens Boulevard in the 1930s.

Hirshon will discuss “Images of America: Forest Hills” at the Barnes & Noble on Austin Street on Aug. 13 at 6:30 pm. He will also participate in a Q&A session and sign copies of his book.


Maspeth school renamed in honor of Geraldine Ferraro

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

A Maspeth elementary school is paying tribute to a trailblazer.

Public School 290 has been renamed the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus in honor of the first female vice presidential candidate and three-term U.S. congressmember. She passed away in 2011. The A.C.E. Academy for Scholars will open on the new campus in September of next year. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Assemblymember Catherine Nolan announced the move.

P.S. 290 Assistant Principal Shawn Porter said A.C.E. is an acronym for the school’s core values of accountability, courage and excellence,

“We’re happy to honor a trailblazer and also reflect our community and values,” Porter said.

“I am thrilled to announce the name of this new campus after a congresswoman who continues to be an inspiration to youngsters around the country,” Walcott said.

Walcott added that Ferraro, a former teacher, will inspire youth interested in public service.

“I could think of no other person more fitting to have a school named in their honor,” Nolan said. “Geraldine

Ferraro was a great role model to me and countless other women in politics, a champion for our community, city and state.”

Porter said students’ families participated in the renaming process.