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How the Roller Coaster Came to Queens January 20 marks the 127th anniversary of the patenting of the roller coaster. These scream-inducing attractions have spread all over the world and endured their own peaks and troughs of popularity...
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Dismantling the "Atom Smasher" at Rockaways' Playland, 1987; Queens Library, Arc General Library Adventurer's Inn, amusement parks, cinerama, Coney Island, Cyclone, Fairyland, l.a. thompson, Rockaways Playland, roller coaster Jeremy Walsh
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December 17: The Day Aviation Soared December 17 is a big day for aviation history. In 1903, Ohio bicycle makers Orville and Wilbur Wright took their homemade craft down to Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina and became the first to...
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The Wright brothers achieve flight for the first time, December 17, 1903 General Library Amelia Earhart, Apple, aviation, Charles Lindbergh, DC-3, Douglas DC-3, flight, Glenn Curtiss, patent wars, Samsung, Samuel Langley, Smithsonian, space race, Wright brothers Jeremy Walsh
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Happy Holidays from 108 Years Ago The tradition of the Christmas tree was already well-established in the United States by the end of the 19th Century. Although the first national Christmas tree wasn’t set up until 1913, (...
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1904 photograph of the children of J.A. Homeyer. Courtesy of the Queens Library, General Library Archives at Queens Library, Christmas, Christmas tree, family life, holidays, Jamaica jwalsh
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The Art of the Heist (of Art) Art lovers had a lot to fret about recently: The Associated Press reported that on Tuesday, October 16, thieves broke into a Dutch museum and stole seven paintings by legendary artists such as...
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1 Comment Cornelis Claeszoon Anslo, Preacher, an etching by Rembrandt. General Library Anthony Amore, Art, Dr. No, Goya, heist, history, Isabella Stewart Gardner, James Bond, King of Hei, masterpieces, Matisse, Monet, museums, Picasso, Rembrandt, robbery, security, Stealing Rembrandts, supervillains, theft, Tom Mashberg, Topkapi, true crime jking
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Summer Globes! With summer coming to a close and autumn right around the corner, the kids at Steinway library wanted to hold onto summer before it officially ended and by doing so we made “summer globes” instead of...
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