On October 22, 2019, a new book was published entitled A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis by Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent of the New York Times (Bloomsbury October 22, 2019). The Bowne House and its history is described in Chapter One of the book, the earliest of 27 buildings selected “as transcendent in some way or emblematic of a transformational economic, social, political, or cultural event or era.”

The Bowne House is preserved, and is the site of an important chapter in America’s history of religious freedom- namely, John Bowne’s arrest in 1662 by Peter Stuyvesant for allowing Quaker meetings in his home and successful appeal of his banishment to the Dutch West India Company in Holland. We are especially pleased to have been selected as the only one of these historic sites that is located in Queens.