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Queens Village is a primarily residential neighborhood of the middle class in the eastern portion of the Queen’s New York City borough. Hollis borders it in the West, Cambria Heights to the south, Bellerose to the east, and Oakland Gardens to the north. The shopping in the community is available on Braddock Avenue, Hillside Avenue, Hempstead Avenue, Jamaica Avenue (NY 25), and Springfield Boulevard. Just east of Queens Village in Nassau County is Belmont Park. Belmont Park race track.

In the vicinity are Cunningham Park and Alley Pond Park, as well as the historic Long Island Motor Parkway (LIMP), the site of that turn-of-the-century racing event known as the Vanderbilt Cup. The LIMP was designed through the efforts of William Kissam Vanderbilt, a descendant of the family who was the head of the New York Central Railroad and Western Union; it is today part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway.

Queens Village was founded as Little Plains in the 1640s. A reference to this period of Queens Village history is found on the sign in front of the Long Island Railroad station. It was in 1824 that Thomas Brush established a blacksmith shop in the vicinity. The shop was a success, and he built factories and other shops. The area quickly was referred to as Brushville. On March 1st, 1837, the railway came in. The first station was named Flushing Avenue in 1837, Delancy Avenue on June 20, 1837, and Brushville on November 27, 1837. It is believed to be around 1 mile west of the station. In 1856, the residents decided to change the station name of the station from Brushville and altered it to Queens, NYC.

Queens Village was part of an overall boom in housing which was spreading east across Queens out of New York as people from New York sought out the peaceful lifestyle offered by the peaceful environment of the region. Nowadays, many of the lovely maintained Dutch Colonial and Tudor homes constructed within Queens Village during the 1920s and 1930s attracted a varied populace.

Subsections

Bellaire is located in western Queens Village next to Hollis and encompasses the area around Jamaica Avenue and 211th Street. Bellaire is the largest area in Queens Village. The area considered Bellaire is part of the general area of Queens Village. There was at one time Bellaire, a Long Island Rail Road station named Bellaire.

Hollis Hills

Hollis Hills is an affluent section generally bordered by Springfield Boulevard to the east, Grand Central Parkway to the south, Hollis Hills Terrace to the west, and Kingsbury Avenue and Richland Avenue to the north. It’s a bit higher than the sea level due to an eroding glacier formed during the end of the Ice Age. A small pond dubbed Potamogeton Pond is located in Bell Boulevard on the north side of the Grand Central Parkway. H&A Queens Plumbing

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