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Kew Gardens is a neighborhood in central Queens bounded to the north and east by the Jackie Robinson Parkway (formerly Interborough Parkway), the Van Wyck Expressway, and Queens Boulevard, also to the east by 127th Street, to the south by 85th Avenue, and to the west by Babbage Street and Park Lane South. Forest Park and the neighborhood of Forest Hills lie to the west. Jamaica lies to some extreme parts of the South East and Briarwood along the south. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 9.[1] For other uses, see Queens (disambiguation) and Queen. ... The Jackie Robinson Parkway formerly known as the Interborough Parkway, serves as a link between the Kew Gardens (Grand Central Parkway-Van Wyck Expressway) interchange in central Queens and Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn. ... The Jackie Robinson Parkway, formerly known and still sometimes referred to as the Interborough Parkway, serves as a link between the Kew Gardens (Grand Central Parkway-Van Wyck Expressway) interchange in central Queens and Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn. ... Interstate 678 (I-678) is a north-south interstate highway spur route that runs 14 miles (23 km) entirely within two boroughs of New York City: Queens and the Bronx. ... A view down Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. ... Forest Park in Queens (538 acres; 215 hectares) is one of the natural treasures of New York City. ... Station Square, home to Forest Hills striking Long Island Rail Road station. ... Briarwood is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... The Queens Community Board 9 is a local government in the New York City borough of Queens, encompassing the neighborhoods of Richmond Hill, Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Kew Gardens. ...


Much of the area was acquired in 1868 by Albon P. Man, who developed the neighborhood of Richmond Hill to the south, chiefly along Jamaica Avenue, while leaving undeveloped the hilly land to the north. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, Queens. ...

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History and Development

The Kew Bolmer building on Queens Boulevard.

Maple Grove Cemetery on Kew Gardens Road opened in 1875. A Long Island Rail Road station was built for mourners in October and trains stopped there from mid-November. The station was named Hopedale, after Hopedale Hall, a hotel at what is now Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike. In the 1890s, the executors of Man’s estate laid out the Richmond Hill Golf Course on the hilly terrains south of the railroad. This remained in use until it was bisected in 1908 by the main line of the Long Island Rail Road, which had been moved six hundred feet (180 meters) to the south to eliminate a curve. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Kew Bolmer is an apartment building located in Kew Gardens, Queens. ... A view down Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. ... LIRR redirects here. ... A view down Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. ... Union Turnpike intersecting with Springfield Boulevard in Oakland Gardens, Queens, NY Union Turnpike is a thoroughfare stretching across central and eastern Queens in New York City. ...


The golf course was then abandoned and a new station was built in 1909 on Lefferts Boulevard. Man’s heirs, Aldrick Man and Albon Man Jr. decided to lay out a new community and called it at first Kew and then Kew Gardens after the well-known botanical gardens in England. The architects of the development favored English and neo-Tudor styles, which still predominate in many sections.


In 1910, the property was sold piecemeal by the estate and during the next few years streets were extended, land graded, and water and sewer pipes installed. The first apartment building was the Kew Bolmer at 80-45 Kew Gardens Road, erected in 1915; a clubhouse followed in 1916 and a private school in 1918. In 1920, the Kew Gardens Inn at the railroad station opened for residential guests, who paid $40 a week for a room and a bath with meals. Elegant one-family houses were built in the 1920s, as were apartment buildings such as Colonial Hall (1921) and Kew Hall (1922) that numbered more than twenty by 1936. The Kew Bolmer is an apartment building located in Kew Gardens, Queens. ...


In July 1933, the Grand Central Parkway opened from Kew Gardens to the edge of Nassau County; this road was extended in 1935 as the Interborough Parkway to Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York. Because the parkways used part of the roadbed of Union Turnpike no houses were sacrificed. The Grand Central Parkway is a parkway that stretches from the Triborough Bridge in New York City to Nassau County in Long Island. ... Nassau County is a suburban city county in the New York Metropolitan Area east of New York City in the U.S. state of New York. ...


The greatest change was wrought by the opening of the Independent subway along Queens Boulevard to Union Turnpike on December 31, 1936; four months later, the subway was extended to Jamaica, Queens. Residents could now reach Manhattan and Brooklyn twenty-four hours a day for five cents: midtown Manhattan is still a mere half hour away. The immediate effect was to stimulate the construction of larger apartment buildings like Kent Manor and high-rise buildings along Queens Boulevard, and the last vacant land disappeared. Major Mark Park Jamaica is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ...


Kew Gardens remains a densely populated residential community with its commercial center being Lefferts Boulevard between Austin Street and Metropolitan Avenue. This street is the home to many favorite spots, including Kew Gardens Cinemas (indie films and cheap matinée prices), Dani's Pizzeria, and Comic Den ( http://www.comicden.com ) The county's civic center, Queens Borough Hall, along with one of the county criminal courts stands at the northern end of the neighborhood, on Queens Boulevard, in a complex extending from Union Turnpike to Hoover Avenue.


Important schools located in Kew Gardens include Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe, Bais Yaakov of Queens and Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah.


Diversity

Kew Gardens is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the country. A large community of Jewish refugees from Germany took shape in the area after the Second World War. The neighborhood attracted many Chinese immigrants after 1965, about 2500 Iranian Jews arrived after the Iranian revolution of 1979, and immigrants from China, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel, the former Soviet Union, India, Bangladesh, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, and Korea settled in Kew Gardens during the 1980s and 1990s. Currently, Kew Gardens has a growing African American and Latino population, as well as Bukharian Jews from Uzbekistan, alongside a significant Orthodox Jewish community. Most recently, Guyanese people from Ozone Park and Richmond Hill have moved to Kew Gardens. Other groups of West Indians such as people from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Jamaica, among others have moved to Kew Gardens in lesser amounts. Many immigrants from Central America, and South America call Kew Gardens their home. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... This article is about the Korean peninsula and civilization. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Orthodox Judaism is one of the three major branches of Judaism. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... Kew Gardens is the name of several places: Kew Gardens is a commonly-used name for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, United Kingdom Kew Gardens is the name of a park in The Beaches neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Kew Gardens is also the name of a neighborhood... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ...


The neighborhood is also teeming with airline personnel because of its proximity to New York's two largest airports. The increase of the Korean population followed the renovation and rededication of the First Church of Kew Gardens, which offers Korean-language services. The local public school, P.S. 99 Queens, has a substantial Hispanic and East Asian population. Kew Gardens is also economically diverse: it is predominantly lower class to upper middle class, but also sees residents at the more extreme ends of the spectrum. Even the local cuisine reflects this diversity in Kew Gardens with Russian, Italian, Indian, Pakistani, Uzbek, Mexican and Peruvian dining available to residents and visitors. In recent years, young professionals and Manhattanites looking for greenery, park-like atmosphere and spacious apartments have moved to the area. Kew Gardens continues to change as these families move in. For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... Hispanic flag, not widely used. ... East Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... A social class is, at its most basic, a group of people that have similar social status. ...


Crime

Kew Gardens still continues to flourish with new ethnic populations coming to the neighborhood but as population increases, old situations recur. As in the early 1960's to the early 1990's, crime in Kew Gardens is increasing according to the New York Crime Statistics, espeacially in the fields of Drug Trafficking and Racketeering. Such new syndicates such as drug cartels are bringing new drugs into the old neighborhood, and new generations of gangsters affiliating themselves with Organized Crime groups such as La Cosa Nostra, or the phenomenon better known as the Mafia , are begining to resurface in the community as it did in the past. Including other areas such as Ozone Park and in Jamaica, Queens. [citation needed] Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ... Charles Lucky Luciano, creator of what we know today as La Cosa Nostra. ... This article is about the criminal society. ...


Kitty Genovese

In 1964, the neighborhood gained news notoriety when Kitty Genovese was murdered near the railroad station. The New York Times article reported that none of the neighbors responded when she cried for help. The story came to represent the apathy and anonymous nature of urban life. The circumstances of the case are disputed to this day: it has been hypothesized and proven that the critical fact that "none of the neighbors responded" was false. Catherine Susan Genovese (July 7, 1935[1] — March 13, 1964), commonly known as Kitty Genovese, was a New York City woman who was stabbed to death near her home in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, New York. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ...


References

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Kew Gardens, Queens - definition of Kew Gardens, Queens in Encyclopedia (706 words)
Kew Gardens is a neighborhood in central Queens bounded to the north by the The Jackie Robinson Parkway (formerly The Interborough Parkway) and Queens Boulevard, to the east by Kew Gardens Road, to the south by Myrtle Avenue, and to the west by Forest Park.
The Average salary of a Kew Gardens employee is $44,763 The golf course was then abandoned and a new station was built in 1909 on Lefferts Boulevard.
In July 1933, the Grand Central Parkway opened from Kew Gardens to the edge of Nassau County; this road was extended in 1935 as the Interborough Parkway to Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York.
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