Photo courtesy Ken Harris, Jamaica, NY circa 1975

The Queens Memory Project is our record of how we got here, who we are, and what we want from our future.


Kleber Vera (Flame) talks about their experience from the beginning of the pandemic through the summer and winter 2020 and how the pandemic affected their social life, their mental health and their finances. Flame also talks about their projects such as Free Clothing Queens and giving free haircuts at the AIDS Center of Queens County to LGBT youth. They also discuss part of their childhood story.


Help us tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic in Queens. Visit our project page to see how you can share photos, writing, videos, and interviews you record with loved ones and neighbors. The stories we gather today will become a testament to the struggles and resiliency of the World’s Borough.

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Listen to the Queens Memory Podcast

Subscribe to Season Two of the Queens Memory Podcast, The Borough We Became: Queens Residents on Life during COVID-19 on iHeart Radio, iTunes, Podcast AddictStitcher, Google or Spotify. This new season will feature first-person accounts from Queens residents living this past spring at the epicenter of the pandemic. New episodes air each Thursday, starting August 6th 2020. Listen here to a trailer for the season. To hear Season One of the Queens Memory Podcast, Memories of Migration, subscribe on Sound Cloud. Season One features Queens residents who moved from all over the world over the past century to settle in the “World’s Borough”.

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