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.