Monday, November 1, 2010

Landmarking bonanza for Ridgewood and Jamaica

From the NY Times:

The Landmarks and Preservation Commission celebrated the borough of Queens on Tuesday as it unanimously approved a 210-building historic district in southern Ridgewood and gave landmark status to four buildings in Jamaica: a parish house, a courthouse, a bank building and an office tower.

The newly created Ridgewood South Historic District (see PDF map and description) features three-story brick tenements with Romanesque and Renaissance Revival flourishes like segmental arches and carved-stone door lintels. The district — bounded by Woodward and Onderdonk Avenues to the north and south, Catalpa Avenue to the east and Woodbine Street to the west — also includes the St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, a pillar of the German community that flourished in the neighborhood.

The following buildings in Jamaica were also given landmark status:

* The Memorial Hall of Grace Episcopal Church at 155-24 90th Avenue. Grace, founded in 1702, is the second oldest Episcopal parish in the state. Its graveyard, already a city landmark (as is the church itself), contains members of the Gracie, Van Rensselaer and Van Cortland families.

* The Queens General Court House at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica has been featured in “Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Leaving Las Vegas” and other films. Designed in the modern classic style, the seven-story courthouse was completed in 1939.

* The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Building at 89-31 161st Street was completed in 1929 and “is a reminder of an important moment in the economic development history of Jamaica,” the landmarks commission’s chairman, Robert B. Tierney, said in a statement.

* The former Jamaica Savings Bank at 146-21 Jamaica Avenue was completed in 1939 and was once considered among the largest savings institutions in the United States. The building is now a branch of Capital One Bank.


Anonymous said...

As far as Ridgewood is concerned; does this mean you will stop complaining?

Queens Crapper said...

Complaining about what? The quality of life issues or the overdevelopment? No and no.

Joe said...

This looks like all Matthews flat's 6 family houses. What about all the 1920's 1 family Stier houses up by the Fresh pond station ?
Too hell with historic 1 and 2 family houses ?

Anonymous said...



For it seems that his stooge, LPC chair Tierney, refuses to calendar our district for a public hearing.

Could it be because the Korean businesses along Northern Boulvard don't want a historic district located here?


It certainly seems very odd and extremely suspicious that despite overwhelming support (in writing) from residents favoring a Broadway Flushing historic district...which has already earned state and national register status) that the Bloomberg/Tierney team keeps stonewalling the creation of a municipal district.

Anonymous said...

That's a great part of Ridgewood. Although the demographics have changed, the place remains the same as it was years ago.

It is still a fine working-class neighborhood. The properties are well maintained and it is obvious that “Community Pride” still flourishes here. St. Mathias is one of the most beautiful churches in Queens, if not NYC. The neighborhood is intact and well deserving of Landmark recognition. Congratulations!