In the first half of our show, story partners Lakshmi Gandhi and Dan Jessup swap stories about the culture of mutual agitation that bonds Mets fans and a mid-life move to Astoria blocks away from where inventor, Chester Carlson, created the world’s first photocopy.

Two Continents and a Whole New Ballgame by Lakshmi Gandhi, performed by Dan Jessup

The Certainty of Here by Dan Jessup, performed by Lakshmi Gandhi

These stories were directed by show host, Ellie Dvorkin Dunn.

Lakshmi Gandhi and Dan Jessup, photo credit: Sachyn Mital

For the first time, our “Here & Gone” storytellers’ modern-day true tales were inspired by Queens history from the archives of The Greater Astoria Historical Society.

Learn more about how the word “ASTORIA was on the First Page of the Information Age,” and the other Queens history highlights

Inspired the Queens “Here & Gone” artwork by Yelena Tylkina and the night’s stories.


Special thanks to Rosalie Chandler, Bob Singleton, and Ava Vitali for helping us create these Queens “Here & Gone” highlights. The Greater Astoria Historical Society is the place to learn and celebrate Long Island City and its neighborhoods. Learn more at

This project is supported by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, Statewide Community Regrants Program (formerly the Decentralization program) with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Flushing Town Hall.

This project is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Queens Arts Fund, a re-grant program supported by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by New York Foundation for the Arts.