The Borough We Became: Queens Residents On Life During COVID-19

The Borough We Became: Queens Residents On Life During COVID-19

On Thursday, April 9th, 2020 the Queens Memory Project launched a COVID-19 documentation project in Queens, New York. The project, found at https://queenslib.org/covid, has the active support of a broad coalition of cultural organizations and citizen historians organized to document this extraordinary moment in Queens history. These are the stories shared by Queens residents who are living, working, learning, and helping one another during this unprecedented time.

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May 18, 2021 23 min

This episode of the Queens Memory Project Podcast was conceived and produced by the Queens Public Library Teen Advisory Board.  The Queens Public Library Teen Advisory Board is a yearlong program were members take the lead in creating and implementing a project that helps their peers and community.  This year’s TAB decided to work on a podcast to interview the voices they felt have been left out of the conversations around Covid-19...

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This bonus episode of The Borough We Became is a collaboration with Brooklyn Public Library's team responsible for the  Borrowed  podcast. We decided to bring voices from Queens and Brooklyn together as part of a citywide initiative called Missing Them, by online newspaper THE CITY.

Want to learn more about the topics brought up in this episode? Check out the following links:
• Attend The CITY's   "Missing Them"  ev...

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October 15, 2020 34 min

The  Queens Memory Project  brings you the 10th episode of season two of the  Queens Memory Podcast.  This season we have collected the documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


In our final episode of season two, we hear once again from Queens residents about their hopes and fears for the future, as well as one quarantine wedding, 20 years in the making.

 

On the final episode of season two of Que...

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October 1, 2020 24 min

The  Queens Memory Project  brings you the ninth episode of season two of the  Queens Memory Podcast.  This season we have collected the documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


In this episode, we hear from artists and creatives in Queens about how they have managed to shine through the pandemic, by finding innovative and fun ways to express themselves while staying safe.

 

In mid-March, as the p...

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September 23, 2020 24 min

The  Queens Memory Project  brings you the eighth episode of season two of the  Queens Memory Podcast.  This season we have collected the documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


On this episode, we hear from educators of different backgrounds about how virtual learning has impacted their students and the way they do their jobs. 

 

On March 15, 2020, Mayor De Blasio  announced  New York City schoo...

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September 16, 2020 27 min

The  Queens Memory Project  brings you the seventh episode of season two of the  Queens Memory Podcast.  This season we have collected the documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


On this episode Queens leaders talk about campaigning during a quarantine and ways they have found to continue to support their communities. 

 

Unemployment filings skyrocketed as COVID-19 settled upon New York City and ...

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September 10, 2020 23 min

The  Queens Memory Project  brings you the sixth episode of season two of the  Queens Memory Podcast. This season we have collected the documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


In this episode, Queens small business owners share what it has been like to operate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic -- their struggles and perseverance.

 

On March 20th, Governor Cuomo announced  that New York City w...

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September 2, 2020 23 min

The Queens Memory Project brings you the fifth episode of season two of the Queens Memory Podcast. This season we have collected the documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

In this episode, we hear from first responders of color who have been on the front lines of the pandemic from the very beginning. 

 

Diana Wilson has been an EMT with the New York Fire Department for 17 years in Springfield...

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August 26, 2020 19 min

The Queens Memory Project brings you the fourth episode of season two of the Queens Memory Podcast. This season we have collected documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


In this episode, we hear first-hand accounts of our Queens neighbors who have participated in the Black Lives Matter movement, their experiences at protests, and what we can do to keep the movement going.

 

Black Lives Matter pro...

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August 19, 2020 20 min

The Queens Memory Project brings you the third episode of season two of the Queens Memory Podcast. This season we have collected documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


In this episode, we hear from students and a teacher in Queens who are experiencing the many impacts of virtual learning, their thoughts on the future, and how to stay positive in trying times.

 

Governor Cuomo delivered a press b...

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August 10, 2020 31 min

The Queens Memory Project brings you the second episode of season two of the Queens Memory Podcast. This season we have collected documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

In this episode, we hear from two nurses who work on the front lines of the pandemic. Their testimonies in the early weeks and months provide insight to the devastation COVID-19 has reaped and the responses of New York hospitals...

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August 4, 2020 17 min

The  Queens Memory Project brings you the premiere of season two of the  Queens Memory Podcast.  This season we have collected documented experiences of Queens residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 


Episode one features testimonies of two residents who live near hospitals and the blaring realities they face, as well as others who struggle to find a sense of normalcy, who feel as though they have lost time, and those who have los...

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This past spring, New York City was the center of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and Queens had the highest numbers of diagnosed cases and hospitalizations. Many Queens residents were living and work­ing on the front lines, providing essential services and supporting family and community members. 

These personal stories were not well documented by the media as news of the pandemic moved at a stunning pace. Without r...

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