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    Queens County Supreme Court, Jamaica, NY

    Courthouse – Jamaica NY

    Date added: December 22, 2011; Modified: July 24, 2023

    The Queens County Supreme Court building in Jamaica was constructed as a Public Works Administration (PWA) project. Short and Stanley-Brown: “This structure houses the 23 civil courts of Queens County and provides quarters for the judges, the clerk of the… read more

    Central Library (former) Expansion – Jamaica NY

    Date added: August 10, 2018

    The former Queens Central Library, located at 89-14 Parsons Blvd., “opened in 1930 and was expanded with WPA funds in 1941.” “The current Central Library is a product of its era. In the mid-1960s, instead of renovating the existing library… read more

    Queens Borough Public Library Murals – Queens NY

    Date added: November 23, 2015; Modified: May 29, 2018

    The Queens Borough Public Library features a number of murals completed through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The murals are: A. Grant Arnold’s “The Big Maple Tree” (1936), Philip Cheney’s “12th and Market Sts., Phila.” (1936), Louis Lozowick’s “Night Repairs” (1939),… read more

    Springfield Boulevard Improvements – Queens NY

    Date added: August 21, 2014; Modified: March 31, 2018

    The federal Work Projects Administration undertook a large road repair project starting in 1935 in the borough of Queens. The streets, many of which in New York City were still unpaved, were repaired; particular emphasis was placed on fixing washout-damaged stretches… read more

    Queens Boulevard Development – Queens NY

    Date added: August 13, 2014; Modified: March 31, 2018

    The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) tore up disused trolley tracks along, repaved, and otherwise beautified Queens Boulevard during the 1930s. 2,500 men, who would otherwise be unemployed, were put to work on the job. Work stretched along Queens Blvd…. read more

    P.S. 15: Jackie Robinson School – St. Albans NY

    Date added: March 5, 2018; Modified: March 29, 2018

    P.S. 15, now called the Jackie Robinson School, in St. Albans, New York, was constructed in 1938-9 as a New Deal project. The Public Works Administration (PWA) provided a $256,500 grant for the school, whose total construction cost was $430,448. PWA… read more

    Springfield Park – Springfield Gardens NY

    Date added: March 27, 2018

    Springfield [Pond] Park was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and were “turned over to the Park Department” on August 18, 1939. “A three-acre lake, once a mosquito-breeding swamp, is the center of the Springfield Gardens development,” wrote The New York… read more

    Breininger Park – Jamaica NY

    Date added: November 24, 2016; Modified: March 27, 2018

    The City acquired Breininger Park (previously known as Braddock Park) in 1938. The Department of Parks officially announced the opening of the park in August 1939: “In Queens, the new playground is located at Braddock Avenue and 240 Street, in… read more

    Baisley Pond Park Improvements – Jamaica NY

    Date added: April 15, 2014; Modified: March 27, 2018

    New York City’s Parks Department website states: “During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Commissioner Robert Moses (1888-1981) and the Works Progress Administration constructed recreational facilities in the park, including a boat landing, several playgrounds, tennis and handball courts, baseball… read more

    P.S. 48 – Jamaica NY

    Date added: March 23, 2018; Modified: March 23, 2018

    The original P.S. 48 school building, at the eastern corner of 108th Ave. and 155th St. was constructed during the mid-1930s as a Public Works Administration (PWA) project. The building bears a 1935 cornerstone.

    Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis – Jamaica NY

    Date added: March 5, 2018; Modified: March 5, 2018

    Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis in Jamaica, Queens was established in 1941. The Public Works Administration (PWA) approved a $1,317,825 (45%) grant for construction of the project in 1938.

    Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital Improvements – Jamaica NY

    Date added: August 10, 2014; Modified: February 6, 2018

    The WPA made numerous improvements to the rapidly growing Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital in Jamaica, New York during the 1930s. Projects included: the installation of “underground piping for heating”; “excavation and construction of steam tunnels”; the “planting of trees and shrubs”;… read more

    Daniel M. O’Connell Playground – St. Albans NY

    Date added: March 3, 2014; Modified: February 6, 2018

    NYC Parks explains: “O’Connell Playground opened on July 15, 1934, and is one of nine playgrounds that were built by Parks through the War Memorial Fund. The Fund was established in 1921 with $250,000 collected by the Police Department. In… read more

    Jamaica Armory (demolished) Improvements – Jamaica NY

    Date added: August 12, 2014; Modified: April 11, 2017

    The WPA provided assistance in repairing and otherwise improving the One Hundred and Fourth Field Artillery / 172nd Street-Jamaica Armory in Jamaica, Queens. The building is no longer extant.