First established as a factory town named Brushville (after local blacksmith Thomas Brush), the residents of this community voted to change their name to “Queens” in the 1850s. In order to distinguish it from the entire borough, the Long Island Railroad added “Village” to its station serving the area and soon the name was embraced as the new official neighborhood name. At its eastern border on the other side of the Cross Island Parkway is Nassau County. It is bounded by the Grand Central Parkway to the north, Francis Lewis Boulevard to the east and Murdock Ave to the south. The housing stock of Queens Village is comprised mainly of single-family Dutch Colonial and Tudor Style homes built in the 20s and 30s and some split-levels from the 50s and 60s. Most of these are in tact but have undergone interesting transformations in terms of finishes, building features, and ornamentation that reflects the neighborhood’s present-day diverse middle-class population.