WCN Transmedia Group Showcase “THE SHARK” Daymond John from Hollis Queens. What an amazing story that all young entrepreneurs Must Read. Role Model, Oh Yeah. For us By Us FUBU was born in Hollis Queens and why is that significant. Well first I was born at Queens General Hospital and grew up in Hollis/St. Albans Queens. And having travelled all over the world, China, Japan, Thailand, Africa, the UK and Caribbean I can tell you there is no place like home. Nor another place where the drive and determination to succeed is more important. Recently Senator Malcolm A. Smith, and LL Cool J, sponsored in a Hollis Park during the month of August. https://wcntransmedia.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/senator-malcolm-a-smith-and-ll-cool-j-presents-jump-and-ball-7-in-hollis-queens-lets-have-a-old-school-block-party/
And in researching this story decided to showcase all the famous people from Queens. Check out the list below. But first let me say to Daymond John. Brother we are proud of you and your accomplishments you inspire all of us especially those of us from the hood.
A Young entrepreneur, an industry pioneer, a highly regarded marketing expert, and a man who has surpassed new heights of commercial and financial success are just a few ways people have described Daymond John. Over the last 20 years, Daymond has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to one of the most sought after branding experts, business, and motivational speakers in the country.
Daymond’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the marketplace helped him create one of the most iconic fashion brands in recent years. FUBU, standing for “For Us By Us”, represented a lifestyle that was neglected by other clothing companies. Realizing this need in the marketplace, Daymond created the untapped urban apparel space and laid the groundwork for other companies to compete in this newly established market.
Daymond grew up in the community of Hollis, Queens, quickly becoming known as the birthplace of the new genre of music called Hip-Hop, with acts like RUN DMC and Salt-N-Peppa rapidly making names for themselves. Being surrounded in this influential neighborhood helped spur the inspiration for his clothing line that would ultimately change the fashion world.
His first foray into the apparel market came when he wanted a tie-top hat he had seen in a popular music video but could not find one for a good price. With the sewing skills he had learned from his mother, Daymond started making the hats for himself and his friends. Realizing he was on to something, Daymond made a sizeable order of the tie-top hats, sold them on the streets of Queens one day, and made $800 in just a few hours. There was a buzz about Daymond’s products that simply could not be ignored.
Based on that early success, Daymond recruited some of his neighborhood friends and FUBU was born. They created a distinctive logo and began sewing the FUBU logo on all sorts of apparel, including hockey jerseys, sweatshirts and t-shirts. The brand hit a tipping point when Daymond convinced Hollis native and Hip-Hop superstar, LL Cool J, to wear FUBU for a promotional campaign. This was the catalyst behind the entire Hip-Hop community supporting the new brand and instantly giving it credibility. In need of start-up capital to keep up with demand, Daymond and his mother mortgaged the home they collectively owned for $100,000. Soon, the home was turned into a makeshift factory and office space.
FUBU gained even more nationwide exposure when Daymond and his partners traveled to the industry trade show Magic in Las Vegas. Despite not being able to afford a booth at the event, the FUBU team showed buyers the distinctively cut, vibrantly colored sportswear in their hotel room. The company came back to Queens with over $300,000 worth of orders. FUBU soon had a contract with the New York City-based department store chain Macy’s, and it began expanding its line to include jeans and outerwear. A distribution deal with Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung allowed their designs to be manufactured and delivered on a massive scale. With the brand transcending into the mainstream markets, FUBU recorded annual sales of $350 million, placing it in the same stratosphere as designer sportswear labels such as Donna Karan New York and Tommy Hilfiger.
In 2009, John joined the cast of the ABC entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, produced by acclaimed TV producer Mark Burnett. As one of the “Sharks”, Daymond and four other prominent executives listen to business pitches from everyday people hoping to launch their company or product to new heights. Investing his own money in every project, Daymond becomes partners with the entrepreneurs helping turn their dreams into a reality. Millions of viewers tune into the show as Daymond demonstrates his marketing prowess and entrepreneurial insights.
Due to the increasing amount of requests from major companies, Shark Branding was formed to provide companies with the marketing insights that have made Daymond’s companies successful over the years. The firm consults companies on innovative strategies to connect with their consumers more effectively by associating with the world’s most influential celebrities, musicians, and personalities. Whether it’s activating a celebrity endorsement or integrating product in a music video, companies rely on Shark Branding to utilize Daymond’s contacts and relationships to produce real results and sales.
Daymond entered the literary world with his first book Display of Power: How FUBU Changed A World Of Fashion, Branding And Lifestyle which tells the story of his awe inspiring journey and provides a roadmap for those who aspire to succeed in business and in life. Daymond followed up his with his second book, The Brand Within: How We Brand Ourselves, From Birth To The Boardroom, which examines the loyal relationships companies seek to establish with the public by attaching celebrities to their brands and the instantaneous impulses consumers exhibit when purchasing a product. Drawing on his cutting edge experiences in the fashion business, as well as his hard-won insights developed as a sought-after marketing consultant to trendsetters and tastemakers, the author argues that branding relationships have now seeped into every aspect of our lives.
In recognition of his contributions to fashion and the face of American business, Daymond has been celebrated with some of the most prestigious awards including: Brandweek Marketer of the Year, the Advertising Age Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign, Crain’s Business of New York Forty Under Forty Award, and Ernst & Young’s New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The Best Queens Celebirities 2002
Mitch Albom – Author of the best-selling book “Tuesdays With Morrie,” and ESPN regular was once an editor at The Queens Tribune and lived in Forest Hills.
Tommie Agee – The Mets legend and member of one of New York’s most unforgettable baseball teams was also a long time resident of Elmhurst.
Kenny Anderson – It was on the playgrounds of Queens that Kenny Anderson of the Boston Celtics first honed his basketball skills. Anderson starred at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, where he caught the eye of numerous college scouts.
Susan Anspach – This actress graduated from Bryant High School in 1960.
Eddie Arcaro – The Triple Crown-winning jockey lived at the Homestead Hotel, a home for jockeys near the Kew Gardens railroad station. The building is now used as a nursing home.
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong – The jazz legend and International Ambassador of Goodwill lived in Corona and is buried in Flushing Cemetery.
Tichina Arnold – A regular on the television series “Martin” and actress in the movie “Big Momma’s House” hails from Queens.
Kenneth Arrow – Winner of the 1972 Nobel Prize in Economics, he graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 1936.
Hank Azaria – The actor, who starred in “The Birdcage,” is from Forest Hills.
Bert Bacharach – The musical genius was raised on Talbot Street in Forest Hills. He graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1946.
Ellen Baker – NASA astronaut and daughter of Queens Borough President Claire Shulman.
John Barrymore – The star of stage and screen once lived on 208th Street in Bayside, just north of Northern Boulevard.
Count Basie – The famous composer and band leader once lived in St. Albans.
Jon Bowzer Bauman – The lead singer of Sha Na Na attended Martin Van Buren High School.
Daniel Carter Beard – The founder of the Boy Scouts of America lived at what is now Bowne Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
Irving Burgie – The author of “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” and other songs made popular by Harry Belafonte still lives in Hollis.
Lynn Edythe Burke – The winner of two gold medals in swimming at the 1960 Rome Olympics trained at the Flushing YMCA.
Francis X. Bushman – The movie star once lived in a home overlooking Little Neck Bay.
Spring Byington – The TV and movie star once made her home near the LIRR station at Bell Boulevard in Bayside.
Sid Caesar – The comedian lived in Rego Park during his TV starring days (“Your Show of Shows”) in the 50s.
Godfrey Cambridge – The comedian-actor is a graduate of Flushing High School.
Charles J. Camarda – He hasn’t gone into space yet, but this astronaut from Queens — who has worked for NASA in various non-astronaut capacities since 1974 — is awaiting a mission assignment.
Roy Campanella – The baseball legend and hall-of-famer lived in St. Albans.
Dale Carnegie – Author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” lived on Wendover Street in Forest Hills from 1928 through 1955.
David Caruso – The “NYPD Blue” actor used to walk the streets of his hometown of Forest Hills Gardens, and graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School.
William Casey – President Reagan’s campaign manager and head of the CIA was raised in Elmhurst.
George Chakiris – Actor in “West Side Story” is from Astoria.
Charlie Chaplin – The “Little Tramp,” famous silent movie star, lived on Mowbray Place in Kew Gardens.
Robert Chartoff – The producer of the film “Rocky” grew up in Kew Gardens Hills, down the block from Simon and Garfunkel.
Buck Clayton – The musician and arranger lived in Jamaica.
DeWitt Clinton – The governor who spear-headed construction of the Erie Canal lived in Maspeth.
Charles Colden – The founder of Queens College and State Supreme Court justice was a lifelong resident of Whitestone.
Abe Coleman – “The Jewish Tarzan” from Forest Hills, this wrestling star was known for originating the “drop kick” in the 1930s.
Francis Ford Coppola – The director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now” is originally from Woodside.
James John Corbett – aka “Gentleman Jim,” the first boxer to use a scientific approach to boxing, lived on 35th Avenue near Little Neck Bay and was champ for five years.
Joseph Cornell – The artist who became famous by transforming boxes into art by putting things in them lived in Flushing for most of his life.
Bob Costas – The eight-time Emmy winner and nine-time Sportscaster of the Year for NBC Sports was born in Queens in 1952.
Frank Costello – The alleged organized crime figure once made his home in Bayside.
Joan Crawford – Actress of “Mommie Dearest Fame” once owned a home in Douglaston while she worked on films in Astoria.
Arthur Cunningham – The first comptroller in the LaGuardia administration lived on 108th Street in Forest Hills. A 324-acre park bears his name. It is Queens’ fourth largest park.
Mario Cuomo – New York’s 54th governor was born in South Jamaica and lived in Holliswood.
Rodney Dangerfield – Was born Jacob Cohen over Bailey’s Bar on Austin Street near Lefferts Boulevard. He got “No Respect” while attending P.S. 99 and Richmond Hill High School.
Gloria DeHaven – The movie star of the 40s once lived in Bayside near Bell Boulevard.
George Deukmejian – The former California governor attended St. John’s University.
Rae Dooley – The actress who played “Baby Snooks” once owned a home in Bayside near Crocheron Park.
Paul Douglas – The movie and TV star once made his home on 214th Street in Bayside.
Jimmy Durante – The big-nosed actor used to live on 161st Street near Bowne Park with his first wife, “Mrs. Calabash.”
Bob Dylan – This rock legend once lived in the shadow of Queens College, near Reeves Avenue and 150th Street.
Eddie Eagan – Police officer of “French Connection” fame lived with an uncle in Rego Park in the 1970s.
Gertrude Ederle – The first woman to swim the English Channel in the 1920s was a resident of Flushing.
Vera Ellen – Grew up in Rego Park in the 1930s. An accomplished dancer, she learned her basics at the Anaranta Dance Studio above the Elmwood Movie Theater in Elmhurst.
Eric Estrada – The star of the TV cop show “Chips” once lived near Parsons Boulevard in Flushing.
Geraldine Ferraro – The former congresswoman made history in 1984 when she became the first female nominee for Vice President. She was a resident of Forest Hills Gardens.
Richard Feynman – He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, and went to Far Rockaway High School.
W. C. Fields -The comedian and star of stage and screen once lived in a house near Little Neck Bay. All in all, he would rather have been in Philadelphia.
Edward “Whitey” Ford – The Hall of Fame Yankee pitcher lived in Little Neck and attended Aviation High School.
John Frankenheimer – The film director lived in College Point. He died last week at 72; had directed “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Birdman Of Alcatraz.”
John Frusciante – The Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist was born and raised in Astoria before moving to L.A. as a teenager.
Art Garfunkel – Both Garfunkel and his former partner Paul Simon are from Forest Hills.
Janet Gaynor – The Rego Park actress won the first (1928) Academy Award given to a female lead, for her work in “Seventh Heaven.”
Vitas Gerulaitis – The late tennis ace was from Howard Beach.
Luella Gear – The movie star had a home in Bayside.
Charles Dana Gibson – The illustrator who created the “Gibson Girl” got his ideas about the fairer sex while working at home in Flushing.
Dizzy Gillespie – legendary jazz trumpeter once lived on 106th Street in Corona.
John Golden – The producer of many Broadway hits once lived in Bayside.
John Gotti – The well-known plumbing supply salesman and 4th of July impressario lived in Howard Beach and frequented the Bergen Hunt and Fish Club in Ozone Park between trials.
Ernie Grunfeld – Sank a lot of baskets for Forest Hills High School before taking a job with the New York Knicks.
Woody Guthrie – The Depression-era folk singer who wrote “This Land Is Your Land” lived in Howard Beach for several years before he died at Creedmoor Hospital in 1967.
Marvin Hamlisch – The famous composer, who won three Oscars, attended Queens College.
Oscar Hammerstein – The famed composer once owned a home in Whitestone.
Herbert Hauptman – Townsend Harris High School was the alma mater of this 1985 Chemistry Nobel laureate.
Goldie Hawn – Got her start by appearing as a go-go dancer at the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
Whitehead Hicks – New York’s 42nd mayor lived just south of Crocheron Park. He served from 1766 through 1776.
Milt “The Judge” Hinton – The jazz bass player lived in Addisleigh Park.
Chamique Holdsclaw – This WNBA star once lived in Astoria and attended Christ the King High School.
Billie Holiday – The famous blues singer lived on 76th Avenue near 160th Street from 1951 until 1957.
William “Red” Holzman – The basketball coach used to bounce around at Franklin Lane High School.
Hedda Hopper – The Hollywood gossip columnist once lived in Little Neck.
Lena Horne – The singer and actress lived in Addisleigh Park in the 1940s.
Harry Houdini – The noted magician and escape artist once made his home on Powells Cove Boulevard in Whitestone.
Carl Icahn – Before becoming a corporate raider, Ichan went to Far Rockaway High School.
Marty Ingalls – The rotund comedian and Forest Hills High School graduate lived in Rego Park.
Ja Rule – “Holla, Holla” for this quick-rising rapper from the streets of Hollis, Queens.
Al Jolson – The famous singer-entertainer starred in the first “talkie” and lived in Forest Hills.
Madeline Kahn – The actress attended Van Buren High School.
Bernard and Marvin Kalb – Authors and political analysts, these brothers attended Queens College.
Donna Karan – The fashion designer grew up in Queens.
Steve Karsay – The Yankees pitcher grew up in College Point.
Buster Keaton – The “stone-faced” movie star lived between Little Neck and Bayside.
Moira Kelly – The noted actress, a co-star in the NBC drama “The West Wing,” was born in Queens to Irish immigrants.
Bob Keeshan – TV’s “Captain Kangaroo” graduated from Forest Hills High School.
Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan – The “Miracle Worker” and her courageous student lived in Forest Hills for a time, and often took the subway via the Continental Avenue station.
Jack Kerouac – The father of the Beat Generation penned some of his best work while living in Ozone Park.
John Alsop King – Son of Rufus King, he was the first New York governor from Queens, serving in the mid-1800s.
KISS – The theatrical rock foursome that took the world by storm in the 1970s played their first gig at the Coventry Club on Queens Boulevard in 1973. Lead singer/guitarist Paul Stanley (b. Paul Elisen) grew up in Flushing and Bass player Gene Simmons (b. Chiam Whitz) practiced his licks in Jackson Heights.
Michael Landon – “Little Joe” from the hit TV show “Bonanza” and star of “Highway to Heaven” grew up in Kew Gardens Hills and attended Forest Hills High School.
Martin Landau – This Academy Award winning actor grew up in Kew Gardens Hills.
Eugene Lang – The philanthropist graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 1934.
Louis Latimer – Worked on the light bulb in Thomas Edison’s lab and was from Flushing.
Angela Lansbury – Star of stage, screen and TV, she once lived in Douglaston.
Cyndi Lauper – The neon-haired rock star who sang “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” is from Ozone Park.
Cornelius Lawrence – Mayor of New York from 1834 through 1837, he once lived in Bayside.
Steve Lawrence – The singer and TV star lived near the Clearview Expressway at 43rd Avenue.
Gypsy Rose Lee and June Havoc – These sisters lived in Rego Park. June became a well-known Hollywood actress. Stripper/dancer Gypsy starred in a Mike Todd review at the 1939 World’s Fair.
John Leguizamo – The “Summer of Sam,” “Romeo and Juliet” and Broadway performer developed his act growing up in Jackson Heights.
Lew Lehr – Silent film actor and comedian from Rego Park did the voice-over on Foxtone Film newsreels.
Harry Lefrak – The father of the noted developer Sam lived on 68th Avenue in Rego Park.
Trygvie Lie – The first secretary general of the United Nations lived in Forest Hills Gardens from 1944 through 1953.
Lucy Liu – The “Ally McBeal” star and Charlie’s Angel was born and raised in Jackson Heights.
LL Cool J – Famed rap star was born James Todd Smith. He grew up in St. Albans.
Johnny Long – The bandleader lived near Bell Boulevard in Bayside.
Anita Loos – The actress, lived in Bayside.
Jack Lord – Star of the long-running TV show “Hawaii Five-O,” he lived in Queens and went to John Adams High School in Richmond Hill with classmates John Santucci and Jimmy Breslin.
Philip H. Lord – The movie producer made his home near the entrance to Fort Totten.
Joe Louis – The world heavyweight champion (1937-1949) lived in Addisleigh Park.
“Lucky” Luciano – The noted organized crime figure lived near Bayside Avenue and Parsons Boulevard in Flushing.
Thomas Luchese – Founder of the highly successful crime family that still bears his name, he is originally from College Point.
Madonna – The “Material Girl” once lived in Corona and often performed at a Forest Hills nightclub.
Anthony Mason – The former Knicks forward is from St. Albans.
Groucho Marx – The famous entertainer once lived in Bayside and Richmond Hill.
Willie Mays – One of the greatest ballplayers of all time, the “Say Hey, Kid” owned a home in East Elmhurst overlooking LaGuardia Airport.
Jack McAuliffe – Born in Ireland, the undefeated lightweight boxing champion of the world from 1886-1896 lived in Forest Hills. He even ran for State Assembly in 1934.
John McEnroe – The short-tempered tennis star grew up in Douglaston.
Ethel Merman – The singer and actress, born Ethel Zimmerman, was a native of Astoria and worked on a few films at the movie studios there.
Andrew H. Mickle – The 67th mayor of New York lived near Crocheron Park in Bayside.
Marvin Middlemark – The inventor of the “rabbit ears” for TV reception moved to Westbury from Rego Park in 1975.
Robert Moog – The inventor of the Moog Synthesizer, an instrument that helped make disco music what it is today, lived in Flushing and attended Queens College.
Clement Clark Moore – The author of “The Night Before Christmas” lived in Elmhurst.
Nas – The influential rapper hails from the Queensbridge projects, which he never forgets to mention prominently in his songs. The “World is Yours” singer is not alone – other rappers from Queensbridge include “Capone n Noreaga,” Mobb Deep and Tragedy, who came together to release the recent album “Queensbridge’s Finest.”
Paul Newman – The “Cool Hand” actor-turned-salad-dressing-czar once lived on 64th Avenue in Fresh Meadows.
Jean Niedich – The founder of “Weight Watchers” once lived in Glen Oaks near the city line.
Isamu Noguchi – This renowned sculptor’s Long Island City studio is now a museum devoted to his work.
Carol O’Connor – Portrayed Queens resident “Archie Bunker” in the hit TV series “All In The Family,” grew up in Woodside and attended Newtown High School.
Frank O’Connor – The former Queens District Attorney was the subject of the 1957 Alfred Hitchcock film “The Wrong Man.
Richard Outcault – The creator of “Buster Brown” and “Hogan’s Alley” lived in Flushing.
Bernadette Peters – The actress and singer is from Ozone Park.
Mary Pickford – The silent movie star once lived on Powells Cove Boulevard in Whitestone.
August Pitou – The producer of many Moss Hart musicals once lived on 215th Street in Bayside.
Charles Poletti – Elected Lieutenant Governor, Poletti became the first Italian-American governor of New York State when Gov. Herbert Lehman resigned near the end of his term to take a U.S. Senate seat. He held the top spot for only 28 days.
Colin Powell – The Secretary of State once lived up in Hollis.
George Raft – The famous actor, best known for his portrayal of gangsters, once lived in Douglaston.
The Ramones – The stars of this rock and roll group grew up in Forest Hills.
Nancy Reagan – The former First Lady was born Anne Frances Robbins at 417 Amity St. in Flushing. The street is now known as Roosevelt Avenue and the house is at 149-40.
Harry Richman – The legendary nightclub entertainer used to live on Springfield Boulevard near the LIRR tracks.
Don Rickles – This insult-laden comedian attended Newtown High School.
Jacob Riis – This social activist and writer about American slums lived in Richmond Hill.
Richard Riorden – The popular mayor of Los Angeles, CA was born in Flushing back in 1930.
Thelma Ritter – The Emmy-winning actress lived on Greenway Terrace in Forest Hills from 1937 through 1969.
Phil Rizzuto – The Yankee great was a product of Richmond Hill High School.
Edward G. Robinson – This actor was known as Emmanuel Goldenberg when he graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 1910.
Jackie Robinson – After breaking the color barrier in baseball, he lived his retirement years (1949-1956) in Addisleigh Park.
May Robson – The actress once lived on Bell Boulevard in Bayside.
Ginger Rogers – The actress and lifelong dance partner of Fred Astaire once lived on Manor Road in Douglaston.
Will Rogers – The philosopher/cowboy lived on Austin Street in Forest Hills in the early 1920s.
Al Roker – The famed weatherman from NBC’s “Today Show” grew up in St. Albans.
Freddy Roman – This comedian was known as Freddy Kirshenbaum when he graduated from Richmond Hill High School.
Ray Romano – If “Everybody Loves Raymond,” that’s especially true in his hometown of Middle Village.
RUN DMC – A rap group; all members come from Hollis.
Babe Ruth – In addition to his baseball skills, Ruth loved golf and lived near the St. Albans Golf Club.
George J. Ryan – The author of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” lived in Richmond Hill.
Jonas Salk – The discoverer of the polio vaccine was a product of Townsend Harris High School.
Susan Sarandon – The Academy Award winning actress is a Forest Hills native.
Vincent Sardi – The owner of the swank Manhattan theatrical restaurant came from Flushing and graduated from Flushing High School.
Martin Scorsese – The award-winning director is originally from Flushing.
David Schwimmer – Star of the hit TV show “Friends” was born here in Queens in 1966, but moved to L.A. at a young age.
Tom Seaver – The famous Mets pitcher once lived on 215th Street in Bayside and on 60th Ave. in Flushing.
Jerry Seinfeld – The comic and TV star grew up in Forest Hills and graduated from Queens College.
Albert Shanker – The late teachers’ union leader was born in Queens.
Mary Ann Shaw – The black philanthropist founded the Flushing Library at Kissena Boulevard and Main Street. She was also the principal of the Negro School in Flushing, her hometown.
Fred Silverman – This TV network president and creator of “Charlie’s Angels,” “Roots” and “Three’s Company” grew up in Rego Park in the 1940s and graduated from Forest Hills High School.
Russell Simmons – The co-founder of Hip Hop record label Def Jam and current president of Phat Farm clothing company is from Hollis.
Paul Simon – Simon and his former partner, Art Garfunkel, both hail from Forest Hills.
Art Spiegelman – This comic strip artist has used his family’s escape from the Holocaust and settlement in Rego Park as the basis for his graphic novel “Maus.”
Jerry Springer – The talk show host is an alumnus of Forest Hills High School.
Herb Stempel – One of the players in the 1950s quiz show scandals lives in Forest Hills.
John Sununu – The White House chief of staff and former governor of New Hampshire attended Forest Hills High School, Class of ’53.
Gloria Swanson – The noted actress once lived in Bayside.
George Tenet – The current CIA director grew up in Little Neck.
Arthur Treacher – The “Fish and Chips” king once made his home in Douglaston.
Donald Trump – The embattled developer grew up in Jamaica Estates, attending the Highland School. His father, Fred, lived on Midland Parkway.
Boss Tweed – The “Boss” of Tammany Hall once lived in Bayside.
Rudolph Valentino – The silent film star once owned a home in Bayside. That home is now the restaurant Caffe On The Green.
Cyrus Vance – From Flushing, he was Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter.
Edward Villela – The ballet dancer once had a home on 211th Street in Bayside.
Robert Wagner – The star of “It Takes A Thief” once lived on 211th Street in Bayside.
Christopher Walken – Academy Award winner for “The Deer Hunter,” he was born in Astoria in 1943.
Thomas “Fats” Waller – The composer of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” lived in Addisleigh Park.
James Wetherbee – American astronaut was born in Flushing.
Walt Whitman – The “Good Gray Poet” taught school in Queens for many years.
Cornell Wilde – The movie star of the 1950s once lived on 44th Avenue near Utopia Parkway.
Roy Wilkins – A major force behind the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other civil rights laws, Wilkens spent the last 30 years of his life living in Parkway Village.
Roger Williams – The pianist who composed “Autumn Leaves” could once see the leaves in Crocheron Park from his home in Bayside.
Dame May Witty – The noted Broadway actress once made her home near what is now the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.
Natalie Wood – The beautiful actress once lived near Bloomingdales in Fresh Meadows.
Herman Wouk – The author of “The Winds of War” is a product of Townsend Harris High School.
Keenan Wynn – The noted movie star once lived on 169th Street in Auburndale.