Ozone Park, Queens: A Congenial Area Welcomes a New Wave of Residents

In the past decade, the neighborhood has seen a “tremendous transformation,” with new developments and an increasingly diverse population.

Last year, Yi Xu and her husband, Vail Gold, moved from Long Island City to Ozone Park.

The couple had run across a Zillow listing for a $580,000 house with three bedrooms in the Queens neighborhood, which lies just east of Brooklyn and west of the Aqueduct Racetrack, four miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Ms. Xu, 30, a management consultant for a hospital, was born in China, and Mr. Gold, 31, a software developer, came from upstate New York. They hadn’t heard of Ozone Park, so they didn’t know that it was developed in the late 19th century, when “ozone” referred to the sea breezes from Jamaica Bay that supposedly swept away threats of malaria.

Nor were they aware that John Gotti, the Gambino crime family boss who died in 2002, was its most notorious former resident, with the Beat Generation novelist Jack Kerouac coming in maybe second.

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The World’s Fair Is Coming Back to Queens in a Very 2018 Way!!

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If your parents or grandparents were in the New York City area in the early 1960s, you probably heard lots of stories about all the cool inventions and park rides they saw at the New York World’s Fair.

The famous fair held between 1964 and 1965 at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park included 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, and 45 additional attractions. It was, for many attendees, their first interaction with computers and other “futuristic” technologies presented by corporations like IBM and Bell System. Plus, about 80 nations and 24 states were represented during the fair. Continue Reading ›

Forest Hills: New Life For The Forgotten Home of American Tennis?

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Ariel Shot of The West Side Tennis Club Circa 1937 in Forest Hills , New York

September 1977. In a leafy suburb 10 miles west of downtown New York, tennis history is being made.

Crowds of people swarm onto the court, and vilas is hoisted onto a fan’s shoulders.

Four decades later, the west side tennis center is quiet — the once thriving home of american tennis is a shadow of its former self.

The action has moved three miles north of the queens neighborhood to flushing meadows, where the USTA National Tennis Center has developed into the world’s largest public facility of its kind.

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