Queens College President James Muyskens made the mission clear: Create a boroughwide tour to show faculty members where their students live.
Queens College professors get lesson in borough neighborhoods
...historian Jeff Gottlieb explained how Queens was once divided into just three towns: Flushing, Jamaica and Newtown.
[Actually, Queens County consisted of six towns: Newtown, Flushing, Jamaica, North Hempstead, Hempstead, and Oyster Bay. Newtown (part of which had become LIC), Flushing, Jamaica, and the Rockaway Peninsula of the Town of Hempstead became the borough of Queens in New York City on January 1, 1898. The part of Queens County that was not consolidated into New York City, (North Hempstead, Oyster Bay and the rest of Hempstead) became Nassau County in 1899. Running for office, this guy is...]
The next stop was Station Square in Forest Hills Gardens, a Tudor-style entrance to one of the country's oldest planned communities.
Media studies Prof. Leslie McCleave, who is beginning her first semester at Queens College, described the Old World architecture as "beautiful."
"I know some of the names [of Queens sites] - the U.S. Open - but unless you walk around, you don't get to see it."
"This allows us to see what the neighborhoods are like, where our students are coming from," gushed Cynthia Lashley, 53, a new-to-Queens childhood education professor who taught last year at DePaul University in Chicago.
Education Prof. Line Augustin, who has lived in Flatbush for a decade, acknowledged that she rarely ventures into Queens but that she liked seeing the neighborhoods where her students live.
"You have to know the person to serve them," she said.
So why stop at Forest Hills Gardens? Is this where you think your students hail from?