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Andy Beveridge  

Andrew A. Beveridge is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. Since 1993 he has been a consultant to the New York Times, which has published numerous news reports and maps based upon his analysis of the Census data. Beveridge has received grant and fellowship support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other agencies. He and his team developed Social Explorer (, which allows users to visualize and make reports on change in the U.S. from 1790 to the present. Beveridge received the Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association in 2007.

Jonathan Bowles   Jonathan Bowles—hailed as "New York's Finest Troublemaker" by Time Out New York—is the Executive Director of the Center for an Urban Future, a Manhattan-based think tank dedicated to independent research about key policy issues facing New York and other cities. During his 12 years at the Center, Bowles has made the Center one of New York's most influential organizations whose ideas are frequently used by policymakers, business leaders, and nonprofit practitioners. He is the author of over two dozen reports, including a widely acclaimed 2007 study about the significant impact immigrant entrepreneurs are having on cities' economies.
Nicole Cooley   Nicole Cooley is a Professor of English and the Director and co-founder of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College. Founded six years ago, the MFA program is the first and only such program in the borough of Queens, and it is also one of only two programs in the country to offer an MFA in literary translation. Cooley is the author of four books of poems, most recently Breach (Louisiana State University Press) and Milk Dress (Alice James Books), and a novel. She is currently at work on a new collection of poems and a non-fiction book project, My Dollhouse, Myself: Miniature Histories.
Jack Eichenbaum   Jack Eichenbaum is a lifelong observer of New York City and other large cities around the world. His expertise lies in quantitative methods, historical urban geography, migration, ethnicity, and technological change. For 23 years Eichenbaum worked in the Property Division of the NYC Department of Finance, collecting data and modeling valuation of tax parcels. He teaches a course on the Geography of New York City at Hunter College and continues to update his familiarity with Queens by leading walking tours throughout the borough. In June 2010 he was appointed Queens Borough Historian. Eichenbaum holds a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of Michigan.
Pablo Javier   Paolo Javier is the current Queens Poet Laureate. He is the author of four full-length books of poetry, including The Feeling Is Actual (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011), and Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books, forthcoming). Javier curates Queens Poet Lore, a roving poetry series set across the borough, and publishes, a tiny press devoted to innovative language art.
Jeffrey Kroessler   Jeffrey A. Kroessler, one of the city's most passionate preservation activists, is a contributor to The Encyclopedia of New York State and Robert Moses and the Modern City. He is the author of New York Year by Year: A Chronology of the Great Metropolis; Lighting the Way: The Centennial History of Queens Borough Public Library: 1896-1996; The Greater New York Sports Chronology; and Historic Preservation in Queens as well as numerous articles on the history of New York. He is a founder of the Queensboro Preservation League and was influential in the controversial local designation of Sunnyside Gardens Historic District. Kroessler is Associate Professor in the Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is on the Board of Directors for the Historic District Council. He received his PhD in urban histroy from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Warren Lehrer   Warren Lehrer is a writer and artist/designer known internationally as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. His books, acclaimed for capturing the shape of thought and reuniting the traditions of storytelling with the printed page, include Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a New America (Norton) with Judith Sloan; The Portrait Series: a quartet of men (four-book series, Bay Press); and i mean you know (Visual Studies Workshop). Lehrer has received many awards for his books and projects, including the Brendan Gill Prize, three American Institute for Graphic Arts Book Awards, and two Type Directors Club Awards. The Crossing the BLVD exhibition (co-produced with Sloan) has been to 15 museums and galleries and continues to travel the country.
Judith Sloan   Judith Sloan is an actress, audio artist, oral historian, writer, and educator whose work has aired on New York Public Radio, National Public Radio, and Third Coast International Audio Festival. She is co-founder of EarSay, an artist-driven, nonprofit organization bridging art and human rights in documentary and expressive forms. Her work has been produced in theatres, universities, and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Public Theatre, the Theatre Workshop (Scotland), and the Smithsonian Institution. Her awards include First Place, Missouri Review Audio Competition, Narrative Essay (2008 and 2009), BAXten Artist Award, Special Merit Award National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and the Brendan Gill Prize.
Judith Sloan   Toby Ann Stavisky, the first woman from Queens County elected to the State Senate and the first woman to Chair the Senate Committee on Higher Education. She attended New York City public schools before graduating from Bronx High School of Science, and Syracuse University. The Senator completed graduate school at Hunter and Queens Colleges. In the community, Senator Stavisky has been involved in a wide array of activities on such issues as better schools, improved programs for older adults, social justice, opportunities for New Americans, and assisting small business. Senator Stavisky was honored as a "Worthy Woman of Forest Hills" and was the recipient of the Claire Shulman Award from the "Top 10 Women in Business." For her "dedicated service to seniors across Queens," Senator Stavisky was presented the Rose Kryzak Legislative Award from the Queens Interagency Council on the Aging. The New York Branch of the NAACP honored her contributions toward furthering freedom and human dignity. In 2012, the Queens Community House presented her with an award in recognition of her support for the after school programs. From 2003 to 2008, Senator Stavisky served as Assistant Minority Whip and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Higher Education. In 2009-10 she was Chairwoman of the Committee on Higher Education. Currently she holds a leadership position in the Senate as Assistant Democratic Leader and Ranking Minority Member on the Senate's Committee on Higher Education.
Nicole Steinberg   Nicole Steinberg is the editor of Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press). In 2012 her work was featured in Transhistoria, the Queens edition of the Guggenheim Museum's project, stillspotting nyc. She is the author of the poetry collection Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press), and two chapbooks from dancing girl press: Undressing (to be published in 2014) and Birds of Tokyo. Steinberg is the founder of Earshot, a New York reading series for emerging writers. She lives in Philadelphia, where she works at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Nicole Steinberg   Robert Sullivan is the author of The Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, Rats, and The Thoreau You Don't Know, among other books.  He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Vogue.  His latest book, My American Revolution, is a consideration of the Revolutionary War and the landscape of New York City.  He now lives in Brooklyn, but as a boy had a good view of Queens, living in Nassau County just one block east of its border.
Jimmy Van Bramer   Jimmy Van Bramer, a lifelong resident of western Queens, was elected to the New York City Council in 2009 as the representative for District 26, which includes Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria, and Maspeth. Before joining the City Council, Van Bramer served as the Chief External Affairs Officer of the Queens Public Library. In this capacity, he was the library's link between community members and government. He also worked as a reporter for the community newspaper Lesbian and Gay New York (LGNY), now Gay City News, where he brought attention to the AIDS epidemic and bias/hate crimes. He represents his neighborhood and the 37th Assembly District on the New York State Democratic Committee. 
John Waldman   John Waldman has been a Professor of Biology at Queens College since 2004. For the previous 20 years he was employed by the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research. His research interests focus on the ecology and evolution of fishes, the historical ecology of rivers and urban waterways, and estuarine biology. Waldman has authored more than 80 scientific articles; numerous essays in the New York Times and elsewhere; and several popular books, including the award-winning Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, and the recently released Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and their Great Fish Migrations
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Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
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Queens College - The City University of New York

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Museum of the Moving Image
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The Bowne House
The Friends of Steinway Mansion
Parkway Village Historical Society
Flushing Town Hall
Greater Astoria Historical Society
Voelker Orth Museum
Louis Armstrong Museum
Queens Historical Society
Queens Preservation Council
Bayside Historical Society
Queens Memory Project
New York Council for the Humanities

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