I have greatly enjoyed reading your many stories about the 50th anniversary of the New York World’s Fair. I have shared memories with family and friends and even dug out an old World’s Fair button and guidebook.
I would like to mention that a great community organization, which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary, was established as a direct result of the World’s Fair. Anticipating millions of visitors coming to Queens, the residents of Broadway-Flushing were very worried that homes might be converted into illegal boarding houses with front lawns becoming parking lots. A small group of concerned citizens joined forces and established theBroadway FlushingHomeowners Association.
For half a century scores of volunteers have worked tirelessly to protect and conserve a beautiful community. They have been successful in supporting zoning regulations and defending a covenant designed to safeguard the integrity of the neighborhood. Their efforts have received many commendations over the years. I warmly salute the organization.
The writer is a longtime member of the BFHA
FROM the QUEENS CHRONICLE:
BROADWAY-FLUSHING HOMEOWNERS ASSN. PRESENTS HISTORIC DISTRICT PLAQUE
TO ST. ANDREW AVELLINO CHURCH
When The US Department of the Interior and the New York State Historic Preservation Office placed Broadway-Flushing in Queens on the "National Register of Historic Places", there was considerable recognition of St. Andrew Avellino Parish as a very significant part of the community. For example, The McGoldrick Library on Northern Boulevard was named after the founding pastor of the parish, Rev. Edward McGoldrick who had such a great interest in education.
The Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Assn., founded in 1964, recently conducted a program to obtain official Historic District bronze plaques for members to display on their homes. (see photo).
Broadway-Flushing is considered one of the finest residential neighborhoods in New York City. It includes structures representative of early to mid twentieth century American architectural styles. With Bowne Park as a centerpiece, the area has wide avenues, stately trees, spacious lawns and beautiful gardens. The Historic District Council describes it as "A standout Jewel". Broadway-Flushing is so-named because Northern Boulevard was called Broadway until 1916.
In acknowledging the church's stature, the Homeowners Assn. presented the Pastor, Rev. Joseph T. Holcomb with a plaque at the parishes 99th Annual Dinner Dance which was held at the school and attended by 400 on Saturday Nov. 16th. The parish, founded in 1914, includes 3,000 members and an award-winning school which opened in 1925. It is now celebrating its Centennial year. The church, built in 1940, stands as a landmark on Northern Boulevard and 158th Street. It has been recognized as an outstanding example of neo-Romanesque and American Art Deco Architecture.
Historic District bronze plaque
Presentation at St. Andrew's 99th Dinner Dance. (left-right) Maria Becce, Plaque program coordinator; Joseph Brostek. parishes Centennial Committee; Pastor Joseph T. Holcomb and Janet McCreesh, BFHA President.