Lifelong LIC resident documents nabe before real estate landscape changes

January 12, 2010 04:30PM

Recent growth in both the residential and retail sectors of the Long Island City market might be encouraging to real estate insiders, but one lifelong resident said in a video that he’s on a mission to document his environs — before its bulldozed. Septuagenarian Frank Corrado’s amateur photodocumentary work with a point-and-click digital camera is being used as part of the Greater Astoria Historical Society collection. Corrado said he’s documenting the buildings in his community in order to preserve their historical memory, in part because real estate development in Long Island City has become so prevalent. “The neighborhood was changing,” Corrado said when he started the project. “I said to myself, ‘gee, these buildings aren’t going to be here very long.’”

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