city: queens

paul simon’s childhood home

from paul simon, simon and garfunkel posted in music by donkeyoti

The Simon family moved to this home from Newark, NJ in 1945. Paul Simon's father, Louis Simon, was a college professor, upright bass player, and dance bandleader. His mother, Belle (1910–2007), was an elementary school teacher.

Paul Simon's musical career began after meeting Art Garfunkel when they were both 11. They performed in a production of Alice in Wonderland for their sixth grade graduation.

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parsons junior high school (former)

from simon and garfunkel posted in music by donkeyoti

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel grew up in the same predominantly Jewish neighborhood Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York, just three blocks away from each other.

Friends throughout childhood, the two attended Parsons Junior High School together before they both went to Forest Hills High School.

Parsons Junior High School closed in 2007 and reopened as two schools: the Robert F. Kennedy Middle School and the Queens School of Inquiry.

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“what we do in life echoes in eternity”

from banksy posted in art and design by nevereatshreddedwheat

Here is day 14 of BETTER OUT THAN IN. It's a quote from the movie Gladiator as Banksy acknowledged on his site.

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kew gardens parking lot

from superheroes (documentary) posted in movies by pete_nice

The parking lot for the Kew Gardens station became infamous for the location of the Kitty Genovese incident, where a young woman was assaulted and murdered in a populated neighborhood.

The incident became a rallying cry against social apathy, and articles were written about the "38 witnesses who did nothing." Details of the case do not support this scenario, but the case still motivates. It is referenced several times in the HBO documentary on real-life superheroes called Superheroes.

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andrew jackson high school

from ll cool j, glen e. friedman posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

LL Cool J dropped out of Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, but the building still made it onto the cover of his second album Bigger and Deffer. The photo was shot by Glen E. Friedman, the L.A. photographer responsible for iconic photographs of many bands such as the Beastie Boys, Fugazi, Public Enemy and Run DMC.

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