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Encyclopedia > College Point, Queens

College Point is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It is located north of Flushing on Flushing Bay and the East River and is part of the NYPD's 109th Precinct. In the past, it was a largely German American community. Today, College Point is a mildly industrial but mostly residential community featuring mostly one and two family homes and condominiums experiencing a housing boom with the construction of multi-family homes. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Five Boroughs redirects here. ... Queens County, often referred to as simply Queens, is the largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City, USA. It is home to New York Citys two major airports (John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia), the New York Mets baseball team, the USTA National Tennis Center, Silvercup... Several landmarks from two New York Worlds Fairs still stand in Flushing Meadows, including the US Steel Unisphere Flushing is a neighborhood within the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. ... Flushing Bay, New York is a semienclosed body of water (a bay) located off the north shore of Long Island, near the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, and immediately adjacent to New York Citys LaGuardia Airport and Rikers Island, site of one of New Yorks city jails. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ... German Americans are citizens of the United States of German ancestry. ...

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History

College Point was named for St. Paul's College, a seminary founded in 1835 by the Rev. Augustus Muhlenberg.[1] The college closed circa 1850, but the name stuck. Former names include Lawrence's Neck, Tew's Neck, Flammersberg, and Strattonsport.


The town was pioneered by a German-American industrialist, Conrad Poppenhusen, who made his fortune in manufacturing hard rubber combs. He founded the community primarily for his workers and became a philanthropist contributor to churches, libraries, and The Poppenhusen Institute, an educational beacon of College Point. He is responsible for the first free kindergarten in America. A special monument on College Point Boulevard, one of the main streets in College Point, stands testament to Poppenhusen [2]. German Americans (German Deutschamerikaner) are citizens of the United States of ethnic German ancestry and currently form the largest ancestry group in the United States. ...


College Point became a center for breweries and day trip resorts, but during Prohibition the community shifted towards airplane parts manufacturing.


In 1997, the Queens Historical Society[3] bestowed a "Queensmark" award on College Point, in hopes of encouraging historical preservation of local landmark architecture.[4]


Notable structures

The First Reformed Church — A church built in 1873 in the small town New England style. The church is on a large lot, has a bell tower, and is adorned with "gingerbread" trim. (up on 119th ST)


Flessel's Restaurant — Recently demolished in the construction boom, Flessel's stood as a testament to the summer resorts and beer gardens that once marked College Point.


Flushing Airport - Opened in 1927 along the shore of Flushing Bay, the airport had been a busy aviation hub before LaGuardia Airport was built in 1939 about one mile away. It carried the IATA code FLU and finally closed in 1984. The site remains abandoned, although plans have been proposed over the years to convert it into a blimp-port or office park. Given natural deterioration of the hangars and concrete runways, however, it is likely that the site will simply return to being natural wetlands.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) is an airport serving New York City, New York, United States, located on the waterfront of Flushing Bay, and borders the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst in the borough of Queens. ... The International Air Transport Association is an international trade organisation of airlines headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Blimp can refer to: a non-rigid airship as opposed to a rigid airship (e. ...


Poppenhusen Institute — Built in 1868 by Conrad Poppenhusen, the founder of College Point. The architecture features a French Second Empire Mansard roof topping off the three Italianate style stories. Originally a town hall, Poppenhusen now serves as a cultural and historical center and offers a variety of classes and activities.


Schleicher Court — A mansion built around 1870 that also operated as the Jocker's Hotel; the house was divided into apartments and literally sat in the center of 123rd street. Today the house is no longer there as it has been knocked down; there are now many small condos and the street is now completely open to traffic.


The Spangelberg Mansion — A yellow and white mansion circa 1860 now also divided into apartments.


Poppenhusen Library — An Andrew Carnegie library, built in 1904 featuring a copper roof, is still active as a branch in the Queens Library system [12]. Andrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish industrialist, businessman, a major philanthropist, and the founder of Pittsburghs Carnegie Steel Company which later became U.S. Steel. ... The Broad Channel branch of the QBPL. The Queens Borough Public Library, or Queens Library, as it refers to itself today, is the public library for the Borough of Queens and one of three library systems serving New York City. ...


Famous residents

  • Conrad Poppenhusen - Founder of College Point, education innovator, rubber factory tycoon, failed railroad venture capitalist, and philanthropist from Germany.
  • Steve Karsay - Major League Baseball pitcher.
  • David Gallagher - Actor that portrayed 'Simon Camden' on the show 7th Heaven, which airs on the CW11(WPIX) network.
  • College Point Saints - Professional woodsball paintball team. Formed in College Point and many of the members of the team still reside here.
  • Guy Nassiff - Host of the Ghost Show on WFNRADIO.COM.
  • Danny Pupplo - Lead guitarist in Victory Records' band Endwell

Stefan Andrew Karsay (born March 24, 1972 in Flushing, New York) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. ... David Lee Gallagher (born February 9, 1985) is an American actor. ... WPIX, channel 11, is a television station in New York City. ... Victory Records is a Chicago-based independent record label founded by Tony Brummel. ... Endwell is a band from Queens, New York. ...

Schools and churches

Public elementary schools, defined as kindergarten through 6th grades, include PS 29 and PS 129. College Point is home to St. Fidelis, a Catholic school for nursery through 8th grades(school now only accepts admission until 6th grade, and only students in the school before the change can stay in the school until 8th grade). It is also home to St. Agnes High School and St. John's Lutheran School, another elementary program.


St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church[13], St. Paul's Episcopal, St. John's Lutheran, and The First Reformed Church of College Point host the community's four largest congregations.


Recreation and attractions

Empire Market on College Point Boulevard has sold German meats and groceries since 1920 and is owned by a third generation German family. The store also offers a wide variety of candy in glass jars and is a favorite amongst children.


College Meat Center, family owned and operated since 1963, has been serving local residents for over 40 years, notably surviving a fire in the 1980s.


Shopping centers on 20th Avenue include Target, TJ Max, BJ's, Old Navy, Babies R' Us, Waldbaum's, and more. Old Navy is a brand of clothing and chain of stores owned by Gap Inc. ...


The College Point Multiplex Cinemas offers 12 screens of movies, as well as a mini-arcade.


McNeil Park [14], formally known and still affectionately called Chisholm's by many locals (after the family that owned the mansion that once stood in the park), features a water front view, full playground, basketball and handball courts, and baseball fields.


Poppenhusen Playground [15] is a park for primary school aged children.


College Point Park [16], the former location of P.S. 27, is located across the street from Poppenhusen Library. It has basketball and handball courts as well as an adjacent municipal parking lot. A hot-dog vendor is often in the park on days with good weather and has handballs available for sale.


Powell's Cove Park [17], an environmental waterfront park, lies on the border of College Point and Malba and affords a great view of the Bronx Whitestone Bridge Malba is neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. ... Bronx Whitestone Bridge © 2004 Metropolitan Transportation Authority Aerial view of the Bronx Whitestone Bridge Ground view of its sister bridge, the Throgs Neck Bridge, from Queens The Bronx Whitestone Bridge, colloquially referred to as the Whitestone Bridge, is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River and connects the boroughs...


College Point Sports Park

College Point is also home to a newly reconstructed hockey rink on Ulmer Street complete with floodlights and bleachers, which was part of a larger reconstruction of the College Point Fields. The baseball fields and hockey rink are now New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Fields, but the entire property used to belong to the College Sports Association, which leased the fields from the City for $1 a day. The fields were to be rebuilt in the late 1990's, but due to complications due to the EnViroFill dumping construction debris, in 1999, the construction was stopped, the fields closed and the lease revoked. The local leagues nearly collapsed due to the closure of the fields, but under the leadership of Jerry Castro, President of the Little League, and Tony Mongeluzzi, President of the Roller Hockey League, the leagues survived and are now thriving. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is the branch of government of the City of New York responsible for maintaining the citys parks system, preserving and maintaining the ecological diversity of the citys natural areas, and furnishing recreational opportunities for citys residents. ...


College Point Little League

The College Point Little League is chartered by Little League Baseball in Williamsport, and serves the College Point, Flushing, and Whitestone areas of Queens.


College Point Little League Official Website


College Point Stars

The College Point Stars are a youth baseball team that has advanced to the 2007 Cal Ripken Babe Ruth Division World Series. The team is coached by Nelson Santiago, formerly of the College Point Little League, and 14 11-12 year olds, 8 of whom played for the College Point Little League in the 2007 season. Santiago, who coached an 11 year old team to second place in New York in 2006 for the College Point Little League, was dismissed from the league for personal reasons before the 2007 season.


See Also

List of Queens neighborhoods This is a list of neighborhoods in Queens, one of five boroughs of New York City. ...


 
 

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