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New York City Neighborhoods
Kew Gardens/North Richmond Hills

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Boundaries:

The curved streets in this hilly community adjacent to Forest Park are home to a diverse community of immigrants. On a typical strip of Lefferts Boulevard, in the heart of Kew Gardens, you will not find national chain stores but, instead, a new Irish restaurant and bar, a Russian grocery, a Caribbean nightclub and the Uzbekistan Cultural Center.

Kew Gardens' borders are 85th Avenue and 127th Street to the south, Union Turnpike to the northwest, Queens Boulevard to the northeast, Maple Grove cemetery to the east and Forest Park to the west. North Richmond Hills spans from Jamaica Avenue to the south to Park Lane to the north, and from Hillside to the east to Woodhaven Boulevard to the west. Kew Gardens and Richmond Hills are within Queens Community District 9.

History:

Kew Gardens, once a recreation area for Richmond Hills, was first developed in the early 1900s as a garden suburb of single-and two-family homes. In the early 1900s, North Richmond Hills was home to Germans, Irish and Italians. Most of the apartment buildings were converted to co-ops in the early 1980s.

Today:

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, people from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan joined emigrants from India, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Central and South America. Orthodox Jews, Iranians, Asian and Caribbean emigrants also live in the community.

Transportation:
Commuters use the E and F subway lines, the LIRR train, and the Grand Central, Van Wyck and Jackie Robinson Parkways. The X63 and QM18 Express buses take you into Manhattan.
Schools:
Recently renovated, the P.S. 99 magnet school focuses on the law; children there perform well above the city's average. For junior high, local children go to Russell Sage J.H.S. in Forest Hills, whose students are usually in the top 25 percent of City schools. There are four Jewish schools nearby, and while there are no Catholic schools in Kew Gardens, Catholic students attend schools in Forest Hills and Richmond Hills.
Housing Stock:

Kew Gardens has a range of housing, including large Tudor and Colonial houses in the blocks near the LIRR station, and pre-war Tudor-style cooperatives with enormous lobbies and inner courtyards. In North Richmond Hills you can find large Victorian and Colonial homes.

Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the real estate classifieds in the City's large-circulation newspapers, you can find Real Estate magazine and Better Homes magazine in local banks and supermarkets, and the Times News Weekly and Queens Chronicle newspapers. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, Realtor.com or HomeStore.

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