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As diverse a cross section that one can find amongst middle-class Queens, this relatively small neighborhood has everything from high-rise apartment buildings along Queens Boulevard to low-income, stick-built, two-story residences to stately homes with well-composed, masonry façades with fine woodworking details. It is bounded by Jamaica Avenue to the south, Grand Central Parkway to the north, Forest Park and the train tracks along Bessemer Street to the west, and the Van Wyck to the east. Since its founding as a garden community in the late 19th century, it has maintained a secluded, village-like character. Along this eastern edge with an area approximately one-sixth the size of the neighborhood is the Maple Grove Cemetery. This was the original destination (like many other Queens’ neighborhood beginnings) and the Long Island Rail Road had built a station named Hopedale, after Hopedale Hall, a Hotel located at what is now Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike.

Kew Gardens

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