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This middle-class neighborhood in central Queens sits atop a green belt of cemeteries and parkland. Many famous people, including Jackie Robinson, Mae West, Harry Houdini and Piet Mondrian are buried here along its southern border. The latter, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, was hugely influential across many artistic disciplines including architecture. Although he was not a resident of Glendale, or Queens, his belief in a “pure plastic art” (neoplasticism) of bold color fields and asymmetrical forces resonates with the architecture of many everyday houses in the neighborhood and borough. Another famous (fictional) person associated with Glendale is Archie Bunker of the 70’s sitcom, All in the Family. The semi-detached house in the opening credits is on Cooper Avenue, opposite St. John Cemetery. This typology sets up the racist satire perfectly by pairing the bigoted protagonist with an African-American family: The Jeffersons, subject of their own successful spin-off.


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