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Long Island City, New York, USA - St. Patricks Church, Dutch Kill, L.I.

Long Island City, Queens, NY

Long Island City is a residential and commercial neighborhood located on the extreme western tip of Queens, New York City, at the western edge of Long Island...

Incorporated as a separate city in 1870, Long Island City was originally the seat of government of the Town of Newtown, before becoming part of New York City in 1898...


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St. Patrick's Church, Dutch Kill, L.I.
Long Island City, New York, USA

St. Patrick's Church, Dutch Kill, L.I.
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Long Island City, New York, USA

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Long Island City, New York, USA

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Long Island City, New York, USA

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Long Island City, May 30. - RICHARD LAVELLE, who, with JOHN O'DONNELL, conducts a Wild West show at North Beach, was thrown from the back of a fiery mustang pony last night and was almost instantly killed, the fall breaking his neck.

Late in the afternoon he rode to Flushing to buy some blankets and other articles for the troop of cowboys and Indians. His partner, O'DONNELL, and a friend accompanied him in a light wagon. Before he started his partner warned him that the mustang was frisky and dangerous.

LAVELLE retorted:
"Oh! I'll ride him or he'll break my neck."
His words were prophetic, for it was on the return trip, just before 8 o'clock, that the accident happened. When nearly back to North Beach the pony shied suddenly, throwing LAVELLE headlong to the ground. O'DONNELL, from his wagon, saw the accident and went to LAVELLE at once. He was dead when picked up.

He was a married man, forty-five years old, and lived in Houston Street, New... Read MORE...

1895 - Long Island City
Long Island City, a city of Long Island, N.Y: in Queens co, is on the East River, opposite the city of New York, and is separated from Brooklyn by Newtown Creek: It includes Hunter's Point, Astoria, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Blissville, &c., and is the W. terminus of the Long Island Railroad and of the Flushing & Northside Railroad. It has 23 churches, 2 banks, oil-works, extensive manufactories, and printing-offices which issue 1 daily and 4 weekly newspapers. Pop, in 1880, 17,129; in 1890,30,506.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Special To The Washington Post.
New York, Feb. 12. - Three killed and one mortally injured is the result of a Long Island Railroad train running into a funeral coach this afternoon at the Penny bridge, Long Island City.

The dead are:
ELLIOTT TERWILLIGER, forty years old, 247 Seventh Street, Jersey City.
MRS. NELLIE TERWILLIGER, thirty-four, wife of ELLIOTT, same address.
SARAH HALLIDAY, thirty years, same address, and relative of the TERWILLIGERS.

The TERWILLIGERS occupied on of eight coaches which were bound to Calvary Cemetery with the body of Thomas Taylor, a cousin, who died at Borough Park.

It was declared by eyewitnesses that the gateman did not lower the danger guards quick enough to prevent the TERWILLIGER coach from crossing the railroad track.

Train No. 79, bound from Jamaica for Brooklyn, was coming along at a rate of twenty-five miles an hour when it struck the coach.

The horses drawing the vehicle were thrown into the air and killed. The coach was... Read MORE...

2023 - Whether you're a local looking for something new or a visitor exploring New York City, there's plenty to see and do in Long Island City. Here's a list of some must-visit places and things to do in this unique part of the city.
1. MoMA PS1: Start your Long Island City adventure with a visit to MoMA PS1, an extension of the Museum of Modern Art. This contemporary art museum features cutting-edge exhibitions, installations, and events. It's a fantastic place to explore contemporary art in a non-traditional setting, and they often host summer Warm Up parties with live music and performances in the courtyard.

2. Gantry Plaza State Park: Enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline from Gantry Plaza State Park. It's a fantastic place for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or simply relaxing by the waterfront. The park also features playgrounds for children and a fishing pier.

3. Socrates Sculpture Park: If you're an art enthusiast, make sure to check out Socrates Sculpture Park. This outdoor sculpture museum hosts a variety of contemporary art installations and is a peaceful spot for a walk along the East River.

4. Noguchi Museum: Explore the works of Isamu Noguchi, a renowned Japanese-American sculptor, at... Read MORE...

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