From the NY Times:
Many New Yorkers have not heard of Royal Ranch — an enclave of just five or six streets on a hill in the farthest reaches of northeastern Queens — and the residents like it that way.
The postage-stamp neighborhood, near the Nassau County line, was built as a single development of one-family ranch houses in 1954. And to this day, that 1950s ambiance is what Rhonda Kontner, the president of the local civic association and the program director of a nearby special-education school, loves most.
It is best embodied by the Royal Ranch Club, a grand name for the simple outdoor pool that homeowners built in 1960. Long the prize of the neighborhood, the pool is falling victim to an unexpected side effect of the recession.
And Ms. Kontner, 55, worries that the downturn is also accelerating another change in the neighborhood that makes her wistful for the old days: the increasingly transient, work-focused vibe of its residents.