There's a recently released book called The Time Capsule by George F. Lewis, that is set in WW2-era Queens.
Here's a segment from the press release:
Tony Richetelli and his much older brother, Vincent, grew up in Queens, N.Y., with family friends after their mother died and father could no longer care for them. Vincent always looks out for Tony. He even helps Tony get a job while working with the Westinghouse Company at Flushing Meadows preparing for the upcoming New York Worlds Fair of 1939 to 1940. Westinghouse is preparing a time capsule to store away for the next 5,000 years.
(Things kind of go haywire after that.)
I haven't read the book and can't give you a thumbs up or down, but it sounds like it may make a nice Father's Day present for your favorite Queens old timer. You may purchase a copy here.