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Steinway Village, Astoria, Queens

Learn about how and why the famous manufacturer built a factory here, in northwestern Queens, in the late 19th century. Steinway’s investments in this corner of what was once the independent municipality of Long Island City proved a key contribution to the growth of greater New York City.

Hart Island and Solomon Riley

Learn more about Hart Island’s history as New York City’s largest potter’s field–as well as the surprising, often-overlooked history of Solomon Riley’s attempt to build an amusement park on the island’s southern tip.

North Beach

Learn more about two German Americans, George Ehret and William Steinway, who built a coastal amusement park in northern Queens in the late 19th century. Originally called Bowery Bay Beach, North Beach was one of a number of resort destinations in the outer boroughs of New York City at the turn of the 20th century.

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The Creation of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)

The United Nations started with the UNRRA. Created in 1943, driven my Anglo-American interests, UNRRA was a champion of post-war peace, stability, and safety. Although largely forgotten today, UNRRA was a revolutionary organisation that aimed to not only relieve hunger and prevent disease, but to rehabiltate people and land to prevent conditions similar to post-1918 from recurring. The first state-driven international humanitarian organisation, and the blueprint for future world peace.