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art by John Evans

The Twentieth Century Borough

In celebration of 100 years of architecture in the borough of Queens, the Queens Historical Society presents the exhibition "The Twentieth Century Borough." The display features a collection of 100 photographs and images from four time periods: 1990 to the First World War, 1920 to the Second World War, 1945 to 1875 and 1875 to 2000.

"What's special about the development of Queens is that the area was very rural up until and into the 20th century," said Mitchell Grubler, director of the Queens Historical Society. "Before, there were only pocket villages like Flushing or Jamaica."

Development in Queens began with the expansion of Long Island Railroad between 1905 and 1908, construction of Queensborough Bridge in 1909, and building of Penn Tunnels under East River in 1910. During the 1920's, the population of Queens increased by 130 percent, exceeding 1 million people. Since then housing development has flourished, transforming a once rural area into a densely populated metropolis.

The exhibition will be on display at Queens Historical Society in Flushing through March 9.

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A gallery tour and discussion with Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, director of conservation at Whitney Museum of American Art

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$8, $6 for students and seniors - advanced tickets required; 7 p.m.

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Health talk with Christopher Ng, MD about heart diseases, stroke and issues related to medications, diet and exercise

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425 Sixth Avenue
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Biodiversity and the Empire State: Conserving Our Landscape
A lecture on the importance of conservation

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Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman
A slide lecture by Elinor Richter

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 11 a.m.

Japanese Flower Arranging

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Free with Museum admission; 2 p.m.

Nature and Figure Drawing
A drawing lesson for people with different skill levels

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
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February 6

The Blacklist: A New Look 50 Years Later
A forum about the impact of the blacklist on the careers of actors, directors, and writers during the late 1940ís and early1950ís.

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