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Queens Library is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and is not affiliated with any other library. With 62 locations, Queens Library serves a population of 2.3 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. and has among the highest circulations of any public library system in the world. For more information about programs, services, locations, events and news, visit the Queens Library website at www.queenslibrary.org or phone 718-990-0700. Queens Library. Enrich Your Life.®
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A home on 172nd Street between 33rd and 35th Avenues in Flushing after a snowstorm in 1956.

Who remembers Loft Candy on this #ThrowbackThursday?
Loft Candy was founded in the 1860s in Manhattan, but moved to the large factory building at 40th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in 1919. At that time, it was regarded as the largest candy facility in the world This photo from www.queensmemory.org shows women workers inside the factory in 1941.
Loft went out of business in 1990, but its confections, like the Parlay Bar and Butter Nut Crunch, burn brightly in the nostalgia of Baby Boomers who grew up along the Eastern Seaboard. The candy is long gone, but you can see one relic of Loft’s influence over the refreshment world: The Pepsi-Cola sign. A bankrupt Pepsi was purchased by Loft in the early 1930s and gradually became one of the largest corporations in the world.

Who remembers Loft Candy on this #ThrowbackThursday?

Loft Candy was founded in the 1860s in Manhattan, but moved to the large factory building at 40th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in 1919. At that time, it was regarded as the largest candy facility in the world This photo from www.queensmemory.org shows women workers inside the factory in 1941.

Loft went out of business in 1990, but its confections, like the Parlay Bar and Butter Nut Crunch, burn brightly in the nostalgia of Baby Boomers who grew up along the Eastern Seaboard. The candy is long gone, but you can see one relic of Loft’s influence over the refreshment world: The Pepsi-Cola sign. A bankrupt Pepsi was purchased by Loft in the early 1930s and gradually became one of the largest corporations in the world.

New York: The Big City

 

By Will Eisner

 

This quiet work of utter genius is best enjoyed here, in New York City, the town that it was created in and about. These stories are so perfectly set in our city that they almost feel as if you could not really understand them unless you lived here. There are tiny details, small gestures, that only a New Yorker would get and that is part of the charm of this work


Eisner’s genius is completely on show in these tiny, quiet, brilliant vignettes. While he coined the term “graphic novel” to describe his work A Contract With God (also set in NYC), these are graphic short stories. They are tight, flawless, perfect little graphic narratives that can move you to tears, make you laugh, and see happening in real life in the city all around you.

 

Eisner works in monochrome—no color, just subtle washes of grey to fill the space between crisply delineated lines that tell an entire story on a single page. There are love stories, crime stories, hoodlums and quiet heroes, but mostly there are simple moments of regular lives in this biggest of American cities.

 

—Christian Zabriskie

On this date in history: When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. Learn more about the Stonewall uprising.

On this date in history: When police raided a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, gay men and women did something they had not done before: they fought back. Learn more about the Stonewall uprising.

One customer is using his old library card as a bookmark. Who else is still treasuring an old library card? What do you use for bookmarks?

Credit: @fightin_mongoose, Instagram

At 35%, or nearly $30 million, NYC’s proposed cut to our funding will force over half of libraries in Queens to close our doors.

Animal pun advocacy to save libraries. It’s been a hit before.

When the Tony Awards air on June 9, one of the candidates up for “Best Original Score” is no stranger to the limelight — or to Queens.

Happy Pride Month! Find events and browse our collection for items that celebrate the LGBTQ community!

Happy Pride Month! Find events and browse our collection for items that celebrate the LGBTQ community!