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Middle Village

Middle Village is a mainly residential area in the central part of the Borough of Queens, New York City, located on the northern side by the Long Island Expressway, to the east by Woodhaven Boulevard, to the south by Cooper Avenue, and the former LIRR Montauk Branch railroad tracks as well as to the west, by Mount Olivet Cemetery. The small, trapezoid-shaped neighborhood that Mt. Olivet Crescent borders towards the east, Fresh Pond Road to the west, Eliot Avenue to the north, and Metropolitan Avenue to the south are commonly referred to in the category of Middle Village. Still, it is sometimes considered to be part of the nearby Ridgewood.

Neighborhoods in Elmhurst have borders with middle Village in the northern part, Maspeth along with Ridgewood towards the west. Glendale in the South, as well as Rego Park to the east. The neighborhood housing is mostly single-family homes with attached houses and tiny apartments.

The area was first settled around 1816 by people of English origin. The area was named at the beginning of the nineteenth century for its position as the midpoint between the towns that were Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Jamaica, Queens, on the Williamsburgh and Jamaica Turnpike (now Metropolitan Avenue) that was opened in 1816. The area was largely unpopulated because of the massive Juniper Swamp was there. The swamp, which the Americans could hide from the British during the American Revolutionary War, was initially surrounded by the “Juniper Round Swamp Road.” In 1852 the Manhattan Lutheran church bought the farmland on the western side of Hamlet. H&A Queens Plumbing


Metro Mall is a shopping mall located on Metropolitan Avenue just west of the subway station in the neighborhood. In 1920, the C.B. French Company, which made telephone booths for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (now AT&T), built an office on the site of the Metro Mall. After the C.B. French Company was acquired by the Turner-Armour Company, which was later bought from Western Electric Company. Western Electric Company Western Electric continued to run the plant and make phone booths in conjunction with AT&T. It was shut down around 1965, following which United Merchants and Manufacturers Inc. bought the site and constructed an all-suite mall in the area between 1972 and. In the decade of 2010, Metro Mall was hit by the recession. Metro Mall suffered the same problems that other malls in all over the United States did of the “retail apocalypse”; most of its tenants were gone, and the most notable were K-Mart as well as Toys R Us, leaving BJ’s Wholesale Club as the largest remaining retailer as of the year 2019.

The Frank T. Lang Building, located at Metropolitan Avenue and 69th Street in Queens, NYC was built in 1904. It was named in honor of Frank Lang, who built monuments and mausoleums. This building offered monuments and mausoleums until 1946 and used to include the “H.C. Bohack” gas station, which was run by the same person who also ran the Bohack chain of grocery stores. The two-story art-deco building is famous for its gargoyles and chiseled face on its rooftop.

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