Photo Courtesy Ken Harris, Jamaica, NY circa 1975

Queens Memory collects personal histories, photographs and other records of contemporary life in Queens, New York.

Queens Name Explorer

The Name Explorer project seeks to enrich local history by increasing knowledge of individuals honored with named places in Queens – its streets, monuments, schools, parks, and buildings. This ongoing project creates a dynamic living archive, while enhancing awareness of communities not represented or underrepresented in our borough. To date, 1,300+ named places have been identified, and 1040+ of them are live on the Name Explorer map.

But your help is needed. The map still has many entries lacking information and photographs. If you can add info, an anecdote, and/or photograph, please do so by clicking the blue “Add/Edit” button in the top right corner. See a street named after a member of your community not currently on the map? Or a sign that needs maintenance and restoration? Add/Edit to let us know!

Jaclyn Reyes Oral History

Jaclyn Reyes is an artist and designer of Filipino descent who in March 2020 co-founded the Meal to Heal Initiative in partnership with the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns northeast chapter. Reyes used her connections with Filipino restaurants in Queens to help deliver meals to local hospitals and health facilities with large Filipino staff during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. Reyes also created murals for some of the Filipino restaurants in Woodside, including one outside the Amazing Grace restaurant on 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. The mural features the word "Mabuhay", a common greeting in the Philippines, but also includes symbols of grieving and rebirth. In this interview recorded in May 2020, Reyes reflects on the impact of the Meal to Heal Initiative and her experience painting the Mabuhay mural, which serves as a welcome to the area of Woodside known as Little Manila, but also a time stamp of the resilience of the Filipino essential workers who fought hard in the hospital front lines to ensure the health and future of their patients.

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Season Three of the Queens Memory Podcast is coming soon! In this season, “Our Major Minor Voices,” we feature stories from our neighbors of Asian descent in Queens, New York.  New episodes will air each Monday, starting April 11th 2022. Click Here to listen to the trailer for the season, and to hear to new episodes, as they are released. To hear Season One of the Queens Memory Podcast, Memories of Migration, Click Here. Season One features Queens residents who moved from all over the world over the past century to settle in the “World’s Borough”. To hear Season Two of the Queens Memory Podcast, The Borough We Became: Queens Residents on Life during COVID-19, Click Here. Season Two features interviews with Queens residents and highlighted sound and video contributions to our COVID-19 Project as the pandemic unfolded.

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