Borough of Queens looking for new resident historian

Historians in the News

RESCUE HISTORIC buildings from demolition. Uncover long-lost facts. Captivate tourists through lectures and tours.

Just don't expect a paycheck.

The role of borough historian doesn't come with a salary - but it's a bully pulpit from which many have documented and saved underappreciated sites.

"Queens isn't going to slide into Long Island Sound if there's no borough historian, but it's a nice resource," said Michael Miscione, Manhattan's official historian.

Miscione, who serves on the committee to pick Queens' new representative, defined the job as a mix of booster and activist.

"It's a labor of love," added Brooklyn borough historian Ron Schweiger, who often fields media queries concerning the Brooklyn Bridge and the Dodgers.

Queens' last historian, Stanley Cogan, recently stepped down due to health reasons after a decade-long run in which he often criticized overdevelopment and testified at landmarking hearings.

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