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Queens Village, Queens

Queens Village
Neighborhood of Queens
193rd Street war memorial
193rd Street war memorial
Country United States
State New York
City New York
Borough Queens
Population (2010)
 • Total 67,866
Ethnicity
 • White 13.6%
 • Black 46%
 • Hispanic 16.4%
 • Asian 16%
 • Other 8%
Economics
 • Median income $74,376[1]
ZIP code 11427, 11428, 11429
Area code(s) 718, 347, 917, 929

Queens Village is a mostly residential upper middle class neighborhood in the eastern part of the New York City borough of Queens.[2] The Queens Village Post Office serves the ZIP codes of 11427 (Hollis Hills), 11428 (central Queens Village), and 11429 (Bellaire). The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 13.[3]

Shopping in the community is located along Braddock Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Hempstead Avenue, and Jamaica Avenue (NY 25), as well as on Springfield Boulevard. Located just east of Queens Village, in Nassau County, is the Belmont Park race track.

Within the neighborhood are Cunningham Park and Alley Pond Park, as well as the historic Long Island Motor Parkway (LIMP), home of the turn of the century racing competition, the Vanderbilt Cup. The LIMP was built by William Kissam Vanderbilt, a descendant of the family that presided over the New York Central Railroad and Western Union; it is now part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway used by bicyclists, joggers and nature trail lovers.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Other Queens Village on Long Island 1.1
  • Subsections 2
    • Bellaire 2.1
    • Hollis Hills 2.2
  • Demographics 3
  • Transportation 4
  • Education 5
  • Notable residents 6
  • References 7
  • Further reading 8

History

Queens Village was founded as Little Plains in the 1640s. Homage to this part of Queens Village history is found on the sign above the Long Island Railroad Station there. In 1824, Thomas Brush established a blacksmith shop in the area. He prospered and built several other shops and a factory, and the area soon became known as Brushville. On March 1, 1837, the railroad arrived. The first station in the area was called Flushing Avenue in 1837, Delancy Avenue by June 20, 1837, and Brushville by November 27, 1837,[4] likely about a mile west of the present station. In 1856, residents voted to change the name from Brushville to Queens.[5] The name "Inglewood" also was used for both the village and the train station in the 1860s and 1870s.[6][7] The name Brushville was still used in an 1860 New York Times article,[8] but both "Queens" and "Brushville" are used in an 1870 article.[9] Maps from 1873 show portions of Queens Village (then called Inglewood and Queens) in the town of Hempstead,[7] but 1891 maps show it entirely in the town of Jamaica.[10]

After the Borough of Queens became incorporated as part of the City of Greater New York in 1898, and the new county of Nassau was created in 1899, the border between the city and Nassau County was set directly east of Queens Village. A 1901 article in the Brooklyn Eagle already uses the full name Queens Village,[11] a name that had been used as late as the 1880s for Lloyd's Neck in present-day Suffolk County.[12] In 1923, the Long Island Railroad added “Village” to its station’s name to avoid confusion with the county of the same name, and thus the neighborhood became known as Queens Village.[5]

Queens Village was part of an overall housing boom that was spreading east through Queens from New York as people from the city sought the bucolic life afforded by the less-crowded atmosphere of the area. Today, many of those charming and well-maintained Dutch Colonial and Tudor homes built in Queens Village during the 1920s and 1930s currently continue to attract an interestingly diverse population.[13]

Other Queens Village on Long Island

Lloyd Harbor, New York, which was formerly in Queens County but now in Suffolk County but then in Queens County, was known as Queens Village from 1685 until as late as 1883.[12][14][15] In 1885, known then as Lloyd Neck, it seceded from Queens County and became part of the town of Huntington in Suffolk County.[14]

Subsections

Bellaire

Bellaire is in western Queens Village next to Hollis,and covers the area surrounding Jamaica Avenue and 211th Street.[16] Bellaire is the largest section of Queens Village. The area considered Bellaire usually falls under the general title of Queens Village. There was once a Long Island Rail Road station named Bellaire.[17][18]

Hollis Hills

Hollis Hills is an affluent[19] subsection, generally bounded by Springfield Boulevard to the east, Grand Central Parkway the south, Hollis Hills Terrace to the west, and Kingsbury Avenue and Richland Avenue the north. It is slightly above sea level due to a retreating glacier from the last Ice Age.

Most homes in Hollis Hills are of the Colonial, Tudor, and Ranch styles. Houses here attract predominantly the upper-middle class as some houses in the area can fetch prices of $1,500,000 or higher. This neighborhood, similar to Douglaston, is a quasi-suburb, with detached homes sitting on large tree-lined lots. Surrey Estates, a section of Hollis Hills, is a smaller triangle of architecturally notable homes surrounded by old, large trees and is bound by Union Turnpike, Springfield Boulevard, and Hartland Avenue within Hollis Hills. Notable institutions in Hollis Hills are The Chapel of the Redeemer Lutheran, The Hollis Hills Jewish Center (founded in 1948), American Martyrs Catholic Church, the Windsor Park Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, the John Hamburg Community Center, Kingsbury Elementary School (P.S. 188),[20] Hollis Hills Civic Association and Surrey Estates Homeowners Association.

Demographics

Queens Village, like many parts of Queens, is diverse. The neighborhood is mainly Caribbean American and African American, but Asian, African American, Guyanese, Hispanic, Indian, Filipino, and Russian people also have significant populations among the 48,670 people living within the area. Formerly, a very large Jewish community existed. However, many Jewish families have left for other parts of Queens and parts of Long Island. Still, there is a small Jewish presence in Queens Village that has recently been augmented by an increase of Middle Eastern Jews. There has also been an increase in the number of Asian American residents.

Queens Village is one of Queens's affluent neighborhoods. As of 2008, the median income is $66,290, and the median home sales price is around $467,764.[21]

Transportation

Queens Village station, located at Springfield Boulevard and Amboy Lane, offers service on the Long Island Rail Road Hempstead Branch.

New York City Bus serves Queens Village on the Q1, Q2, Q27, Q36, Q43, Q46, Q76, Q77, Q83, Q88, Q110, X68 routes, and Nassau Inter-County Express serves the area on the n1, n6, n22, n22L, n22A, n24, n26 routes.

Education

Schools in Queens Village include the following:

  • P.S. 018 The Winchester School
  • P.S./I.S. 295
  • P.S. 33
  • I.S. 109 Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School
  • P.S. 034 John Harvard School
  • P.S. 135 The Bellaire School
  • P.S. 188, one of the best elementary schools in the city.[22]
  • Saints Joachim and Anne School
  • Martin Van Buren High School
  • Our Lady of Lourdes School
  • Grace Lutheran Day School
  • St. Joseph's Episcopal Day School
  • Incarnation R.C. School

Notable residents

  • Chy Davidson, American football player.[23]
  • Heathcliff comic strip[24]
  • Nancy Malone (1935-2014), actor, director, producer, television executive[25]
  • Charles Henry Miller (1842–1922), landscape painter[26]
  • Tevi Troy, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services[27]
  • The Rockin' Chairs, a doo-wop group in the 1950s[28][29]
  • Paul Newman (1925-2008), actor, from 1953-54[30]

References

  1. ^ http://www.city-data.com/zips/11427.html
  2. ^
  3. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b Votes on names are often about the name of the post office, which may serve several smaller surrounding communities as well.
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ Community Information Community and Library History, accessed March 27, 2008.
  14. ^ a b
  15. ^
  16. ^ p. 98.
  17. ^ 1910 maps of area, showing, among other things, a LIRR station between Hollis and Queens called "Bellaire"
  18. ^
    • 1852 Brooklyn Eagle article - Take the LIRR to Picnic to Brushville
    • 1871 Brooklyn Eagle article - Opening of new station at Inglewood, and Land sale by Colonel Wood
    • 1900 Brooklyn Eagle article - proposed new LIRR station at Brushville—between Hollis and Queens (Village)
  19. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/29/realestate/if-you-re-thinking-living-hollis-hills-suburban-feel-school-that-excels.html?pagewanted=2
  20. ^ http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolportals/26/q188/default.htm
  21. ^ City-data accessed February 5, 2010.
  22. ^ http://www.schooldigger.com/go/NY/schoolrank.aspx?pagetype=top10
  23. ^
  24. ^ Hernandez, Cava. "GEORGE GATELY : Creador del gato Heathcliff",
  25. ^ Paley Center for Media
  26. ^ Charles Henry Miller. Accessed September 30, 2010
  27. ^ WEDDINGS; Kami Pliskow And Tevi Troy, The New York Times, August 15, 1999. Accessed October 11, 2007
  28. ^
  29. ^
  30. ^ Paul Newman: A Biography. Marian Borden; Greenwood Publishing; 2011

Further reading

  • If You're Thinking of Living in: Queens Village - Strong Community Ties, Moderate Prices

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