The Queensboro Bridge, perhaps even more than the Unisphere, is the symbol of the borough. For decades after its completion in 1909, writers would report statistics about Queens - population growth, employment, real estate valuation – by comparing the years before the bridge was built to the decades following. A vast tract of farms and meadows broken only by scattered hamlets became a home for millions almost overnight. The opening of the bridge was the single most important event that made the modern borough of Queens.
Noted author and historian, Bob Singleton, will share his work in a free slide illustrated talk at the Middle Village Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library on Monday, October 26 at 6 PM. Singleton is past president of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, which teamed up with the Roosevelt Island Historical Society this year for the 100th Anniversary of the Queensboro Bridge.
The Middle Village Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library is located at 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue. For more information about this event, please call the library at 718-326-1390 or log onto www.newtownhistorical.org.