2017-01-18 / Book Review

Unknown History of Queens & LI By Elmhurst Native

By Jason D. Antos


Hidden History of Long Island by Richard Panchyk, History Press, $21.99 is available at amazon.com and historypress.net. Hidden History of Long Island by Richard Panchyk, History Press, $21.99 is available at amazon.com and historypress.net. Did you know that largest prairie east of the Appalachian Mountains is located on Long Island, and is known as the Hempstead Plains? Or that Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Woodhull, who famously exclaimed “God Help Us All,” was captured by the British army at a tavern in Hollis, Queens? And who would’ve known that Jones Beach was named after a real-life pirate who immigrated to Long Island from Ireland only to become one of the first sheriffs of Queens. Amazing and unknown historical gems like these and many others are what lay in store for readers of Hidden History of Long Island by Richard Panchyk.

Released by History Press just last December by the Elmhurst native, Panchyk, who has authored several historical books on Long Island, “Hidden History of Long Island” takes readers on a journey through many little-known historical events and places. These include the first accident between an automobile and a locomotive in American history, which happened in Garden City; a tollbooth located on Northern Boulevard during the mid 1800s, now located in the middle of a cemetery in Roslyn; the final resting place of President Theodore Roosevelt; the remains of the Long Island Motor Parkway, the nation’s first expressway; and the remains of Mitchell Field, one of the nation’s first aerodromes, now part of the student parking lot for Nassau Community College.

Panchyk has also authored Forgotten Tales of Long Island (2008), A History of Westbury (2007), 101 Glimpses of Long Island’s North Shore (2008) and 101 Glimpses of the South Fork (2009).

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