Photo Credits (clockwise from top left)
Flushing Fantastic Street Fair
Residents enjoy the Flushing Fantastic street fair on Main Street, June 11, 1979. The fair was held annually in the late 1970s and early 1980s in an effort to revitalize the business district.
Shirley Chisholm Meets With Library Staff
In July 1974, U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-N.Y.) met with Tyrone Bryant, director of the Langston Hughes Library, and Helen Marshall, head of the library action committee. Marshall went into politics herself and was elected Queens Borough President in 2002.
Support and Planning for a Young Institution, circa 1981
Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center Director, Andrew Jackson, meets with members of the Library Action Committee of Corona-East Elmhurst, Inc. (LAC), the Queens Library Board of Trustees, and Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette at the original Langston Hughes Library. Assemblyman Lafayette was instrumental in providing discretionary grants from the Assembly through the NYS Department of Education to fund the Black Heritage Reference Center Collection. The Board of LAC operated and were responsible for staffing and running the library and cultural center for its first 18 years as a "federally funded special project" of Queens Library until it achieved "full branch status" in 1987, under a Memorandum of Understanding that still exists today.
Korea Town Plaza, Opening Day 1994
The parking lot entrance to Korea Town Plaza is marked with a banner for its grand opening in December, 1994. The large Asian supermarket was located in the former Post Office building on 39th Avenue near the waterfront.