Series: Vanishing Vintage Queens

From February to March 2011, Nicholas Hirshon wrote a three-part series for the New York Daily News named “Vanishing Vintage Queens,” documenting the demise of middle-class hangouts such as diners and Masonic lodges in the New York City borough of Queens. First Installment: Dealing With Their Losses Published February 24, 2011 Bargains abound at the 99-cent store that opened on 37th …

Series: Queens Heritage Quest

From August to December 2010, Nicholas Hirshon wrote a seven-part series for the New York Daily News named “Queens Heritage Quest,” advocating for historic markers and trails to mark significant sites in the New York City borough of Queens. First Installment: Hidden Gems Published August 17, 2010 Queens, whose rich history can be traced from the Dutch settlers to the …

Series: A Life Almost Lost Under Rockefeller Drug Laws

In July 2009, Nicholas Hirshon wrote a two-part series for the New York Daily News on the effects of the draconian Rockefeller drug laws. First Installment Published July 7, 2009 Three rocks of crack forever changed John Buckmon’s life. A dealer at age 22, Buckmon was lounging by a sketchy Brooklyn apartment building in 1988 when police busted …