In Queens, Paying Tribute to a Memorable Voice Some Would Rather Forget

By Nicholas Hirshon Published July 13, 2013 Wall Street Journal History teacher Carl Ballenas was eyeing a shady patch at the edge of Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, Queens—Plot 5, where nothing but sticks and browning grass was visible. It was on this spot in 1914 that the bodies of 21 destitute people were …

Queens Boulevard Loses a Movie Icon, Disguised as a Fast Food Joint

By Nicholas Hirshon Published June 15, 2013 Wall Street Journal Until recently, the Wendy’s restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens, bustled with customers. But over the last few weeks, crews removed tables and chairs, ripped down signs and set up wooden boards along the perimeter. So went the demise of perhaps the most famous fast-food joint in …