The borough of
Queens has been many things—a playground for wealthy Manhattanites, a
recreation area for pleasure seekers, a highly industrialized pocket of
New York City, and one of the most beautiful and residential sections of
which the city can boast.
Queens is home to the Mets, airports
LaGuardia in the north and JFK in the south, and a steady force behind
New York City, sheltering its laborers, builders, taxi drivers,
teachers, fire fighters, police officers, lawyers, businesspeople, and
everyone else for more than a century.
From the borough’s rural origins to its multi-ethnic, metropolitan
character of recent times, Historic Photos of Queens celebrates
the legacy of those who dared to head east, who settled the countryside,
and who tempted the Atlantic when they built lives on the Rockaway
peninsula. Nearly 200 images reproduced in vivid black-and-white, with
captions and introductions, tell the story.
Kevin Sean O’Donoghue is a fourth-generation resident of Queens and has
lived there for most of the past 30 years—having left and returned both
by choice and by necessity. He grew up and currently resides in Bayside
with his wife, Kate, where they have personally added to the borough’s
growth with children Desmond Jane, Deirdre, and Declan.
In addition to
being a writer, Mr. O’Donoghue has taught English and writing at New
York universities and is a practicing attorney before the courts of the
State of New York. While he enjoys the beaches of Rockaway, rooting for
the home team at Citi Field, and life in the borough generally, he most
enjoys getting on a train in hectic Penn Station and pulling into serene
Queens just 25 minutes later.