Thursday, October 18, 2007

AM-NY in Queens Village

Blink and you might miss it, but just a 30-minute commuter train ride from Manhattan is Queens Village, a thriving, community-focused, family-oriented residential haven.

City Living: Queens Village

Settled by cattle farmers in the 1640s, the area was first known as Little Plains. In 1824, that was changed to Brushville, after an enterprising blacksmith named Tom Brush. Finally, with the arrival of Queens' first railroad station in 1834, the Long Island Rail Road made the last official name switch to Queens Village.


Anonymous said...

Nowadays, [leave blank ] boasts one of the more diverse and accepting populations in the area.


This sentence is used again and again.

Of course, when a community becomes 'diverse' there is a huge gap between what is said in officially sanctioned press and the experience in real life, but we are not permitted to say that, are we?

BTW, note if diversity is so great why all the new waterfront developments do not have diversity built in, and quite the opposite is happening in Manhattan.

Never reported. Why is this?

Anonymous said...

home in the middle looks nice with all the shrubs and small trees out front. Kudos to the homeowner.

georgetheatheist said...

He's a take-charge guy. I like his traffic cones.

Anonymous said...

That is my hometown! Queens Village!

Anonymous said...

take charge? That's for sure. They must have problems with people parking in their driveway, so they marked it off by putting cones out into the street. Well as the saying goes, "desperate times call for desperate measures."

georgetheatheist said...

Now what's the story with the flower box on the sidewalk in front of the house? I think his looks fantastic and I've wanted to put one in front of my one-storey but I did some research and was told that this is obstructing pedestrian traffic. I'm totally confused on this issue: is it is or is it ain't? BTW I live near St.Sebastian's RC church in Woodside and they've got planters all over the place on the sidewalks in front of their buildings. Legit? What if a blind person walks down the sidewalk and stumbles on these planters? One more question, friends. Can a homeowner dig up the pavers by the curb and plant grass in them? Some houses have nice grassy plots separating the property line from the curb.

Anonymous said...

There are some really bad pictures here. There's also a few good ones, but they're mixed in with so many thorw-aways that you're likely to stop viewing before you get to them. Its called editing, AMNY.

Carol said...

Charming house in the middle - in my opinion, the other two houses have no curb appeal since there is no vegetation whatsoever on their front properties.

It looks like the cones are there to keep idiots from parking in front of their driveway.

"Here I am stuck in the middle with you . . . . "

Anonymous said...

don't know whether a flower box on the sidewalk is legal or not but to my thinking as long as the sidewalk was wide enough so pedestrians could get passed it shouldn't cause too much safety concern and would definitely look nice.

If somebody did happen to trip on the box, though, and got hurt they could sue and make out like bandits if the box wasn't city sanctioned. So it would probably be good to find out for sure if it's legal before you set one up.

And be sure to spread the word if you get a green light so others may follow suit and start toning down all this ghastly concrete we're surrounded by.