Bayside Author Chronicles Borough's Past In Remembering Queens
Text and Captions By Kevin Sean
Turner Publishing Company
“During a time when Queens is looking ahead and evaluating its future course, many people are asking, How do we treat the past?” Publisher Todd Bottorff notes in his Preface to Kevin Sean O’Donoghue’s book Remembering Queens. Released in September, this soft cover edition of his 2010 release Historic Photos of Queens, features a collection of nearly 200 photographs gathered from many local and national archives not usually available to the average reader or even history buffs. Remembering covers the borough’s history from the late 1800s to the 1970s through photographs from the Queens Borough Public Library, the New York State Library and the Library of Congress in four chapters: A Shrinking County, a Growing Borough (1880s-1899); The Bridge to Unstoppable Progress (1900-1929); Era of the Great Depression (1930-1939), and The World War II and Post World War (1949-1970s).
O’Donoghue is partial to photographs of the bridges which, he said, show the beauty of Queens as part of Long Island, but are also significant in linking the borough to Manhattan and to The Bronx. A fourth-generation Queens resident, O’Donoghue lives in Bayside, where he grew up, but is partial to photos showing the changes that have come to Rockaway Beach and the transformation of the North Beach area from a playground for city residents to LaGuardia Airport. The photographs only rarely center on notable figures of their time, but instead show ordinary people doing ordinary things in everyday locations— a delicatessen’s grand opening, a procession of nuns outside a convent, children on playground slides, a family eating dinner. O’Donoghue has chosen to underscore the importance of the borough as a home for the working and middle class strata of society, two groups which make up the true nexus of New York City.
Remembering Queens is available wherever books are sold including Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com,