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Landmark Gillespie and Daly Homes - Corona East Elmhurst is Significant!

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To paraphrase a famous quote by Dr. Carter G. Woodson; if a community has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.

Corona East Elmhurst, with its rich history and significant traditions is in jeopardy of becoming that negligible factor in the thought of the world.  This means that this community, which is the gateway to New York City is under siege and may forever be changed.  While aggressive developers demolish historical properties the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission is complicit in this demolition by not preserving historic, architectural and cultural properties in the Corona East Elmhurst community, its neighboring communities and in the entire borough of Queens.

The Corona East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society (CEEHPS) has submitted requests to landmark the former residences of world renowned jazz artist Dizzy Gillespie (105-19 37th Avenue, Corona, Queens, New York) and the first Black American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry, Marie Maynard Daly’s childhood home (104-06 32nd Avenue, Corona, Queens, New York).  Mr. Gillespie, a trumpet virtuoso, composer and improviser lived  in Corona for  approximately 10 years and is credited with ushering in the eras of Bebop and Afro-Cuban music—bringing the genres of Bebop and Afro-Latin American music together thereby bring to greater prominence jazz and pop music—particularly Salsa. Marie Maynard Daly is responsible for discovering the relationship between high cholesterol levels and heart attacks.

The Gillespie and Daly residences are but two of the several historic properties CEEHPS has identified in the Corona East Elmhurst community.  CEEHPS’ outreach to Congressional Representative Joseph Crowley, New York State Senator José Peralta, New York State Assembly member, Jeffrion Aruby,  New York City Council member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland  and Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz to assist them in obtaining landmark status for these properties has proven to be futile.  

Therefore, we the undersigned want our collective voices heard in support of CEEHPS.  We are letting the above mentioned elected officials and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission know and understand that, the Community of Corona East Elmhurst and its supporters stand firmly together in our resolve to preserve, promote and protect the historical value of these and other properties in Corona East Elmhurst and the Borough of Queens New York.  We additionally want to let the above mentioned elected official and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission know, with certainty, that Corona East Elmhurst is a community with a long, diverse and rich history, Corona East Elmhurst is a community with worthwhile traditions, and Corona East Elmhurst is a community that is a significant factor in the thought of the world and we are determined that it will remain as such. 

 



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