Take the first bilingual tour of the Flushing Freedom Mile this Sunday

Celebrate the Fourth of July and el Día de la Independencia! For the first time ever, the Queens Historical Society will offer its famous Flushing Freedom Mile tour simultaneously in Spanish and English on Sunday, July 3. Departing from the Kingsland Homestead at 143-35 37th Ave. at 2 p.m., the two-hour stroll costs $25, but children […]

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Learn about Queens underground railroad at a lecture on Monday
Photo: Flickr/wallyg

Did you know that an underground railroad once ran underneath New York City and Bowne House in Flushing was one of its stops? On Monday April 4, you can learn about the history, mystery and controversy of a truly American phenomenon that played out in the borough for decades. Historian Richard Hourahan will give a lecture on […]

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

Enjoy some delicious variety of cheeses, finish (or start) your holiday shopping, take a photo with good ol’ Santa and do more at these events around Queens. Saturday, Dec. 5 The inaugural Great Northeast Cheese Fest will be held at Flushing Town Hall. Enjoy a diverse selection of cheeses from over 30 regional artisanal creameries […]

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Historic Flushing church that once played a role in freeing slaves slated for replacement
THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A historic 19th-century Queens church that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad could be facing the wrecking ball as leaders in the Flushing congregation consider a proposal to replace the aging structure with a new sanctuary. The African Methodist Episcopal Church on Union Street dates back to the 1800s and today remains one of […]

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Local pol fights to gain national recognition of Flushing’s ties to religious freedom
THE COURIER/File Photo

The right to religious freedom in America has its roots in Flushing, and now federal lawmakers want to preserve local buildings, including the John Bowne House, where that freedom was first established. Congress passed a bill that would require the federal government to maintain sites like the John Bowne House in Flushing that are associated with the […]

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