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Under the railroad on Ascan avenue, onlookers watched a tribute built for Helen Keller.

She’s a national icon but as historian, Michael Perlman explains, she’s also a local one.

“She was very active in Forest Hills, every year on her birthday she opened up her home to many forest hills residents,” said Perlman

Keller lived in her Forest Hills home for over 20 years starting in 1917. Family friend, Robert Hof says her neighbors loved her. Continue Reading ›

Helen Keller Mural Will Go Up In Forest Hills In May

Helen Keller Mural Will Go Up In Forest Hills In May

Helen Keller, the blind and deaf author and lecturer. (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A mural honoring Helen Keller will go up this spring in Forest Hills, where the blind and deaf author and activist lived for two decades.

The mural, designed by street artists Crisp and Praxis, will go up in May in the Ascan Ave. underpass below the Long Island Rail Road. The design features Helen Keller’s face and her pets, her long-demolished Forest Hills home and her well-known quote, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

From 1917 to 1938, Keller lived at Seminole Ave. and Fife St. — what is now the corner of 112th St. and 71st Rd — with her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, according to historian Michael Perlman, who is coordinating the mural project. Keller and Macy attended services at the First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills. Continue Reading ›