Who Did We Name Queens After? with Rebecca Bratspies
Did you know that Jackson Heights was named after entrepreneur John Clews Jackson? Interested in finding out more about the Rikers family and their connection to slavery? Do you miss Shea Stadium? Enjoy tennis at Billie Jean King Tennis Center? Join CUNY Law professor and author Rebecca Bratspies for a deep dive into the lives of the people whose have become synonyms for congestion, recreation, and culture across New York City, as featured in her book Naming Gotham: The Villains, Rogues, and Heroes Behind New York Place Names. This author talk is presented by Queens Memory, whose Queens Name Explorer project unlocks the history of every school, park, building, street and statue named for an individual person in the borough of Queens.
You can watch the recorded video here: https://queenslibrary.aviaryplatform.com/collections/27/collection_resources/88883