BLAND, JAMES A. HOUSES
40-21 College Point Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 353-7908 Fax (718) 939-5053
College Point Boulevard/Roosevelt Avenue
Prince Street/Long Island R.R.
1, 2, 3, 9 to 42nd Street and Broadway
4, 5, 6 to 42nd Street and Grand Central
E and F to Roosevelt Avenue
(from all of the above, pick up #7 to Main Street Queens last stop)
N, Q, R, S, W to 42nd Street and Avenue of The Americas
Q13, Q17, Q17A, Q25, Q28, Q34, Q44,
Q48, Q65, Q66 - to Main Street (last stop)
NAMED AFTER: JAMES ALAN BLAND (1854 -1911) - American composer of popular songs, including "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," the official State song of Virginia, was born in 1854 in Flushing, N.Y., the son of free Americans. While attending Howard University he became enthralled with the banjo and learned to play it by himself. Later he worked in minstrel shows throughout Europe and the United States becoming the highest paid minstrel singer in the country. He performed for Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace and President Grover Cleveland and Gen. Robert E. Lee in Washington. He was often called "the World's Greatest Minstrel Man." He died of tuberculosis in 1911. Bland Houses is in Queens.
SITE STATISTICS AND DESCRIPTION:
James A. Bland Houses in Queens is a 6.19-acre development with five, 10-story buildings featuring 400 apartments that are home to some 878 residents. The Long Island Rail Road, Roosevelt Avenue and Prince and Lawrence Streets border the complex which was completed April 30, 1952.