Hunters Point, Queens

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Hunters Point Historic District
Religious procession crossing 50th Avenue, 1989.
Church at rear is undergoing repair.
Hunters Point, Queens is located in New York City
Hunters Point, Queens
Location Along 45th Ave., between 21st and 23rd Sts., New York, New York
Coordinates 40°44′49″N 73°56′48″W / 40.74694°N 73.94667°W / 40.74694; -73.94667Coordinates: 40°44′49″N 73°56′48″W / 40.74694°N 73.94667°W / 40.74694; -73.94667
Area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

73001251

[1]
Added to NRHP September 19, 1973

Hunters Point is a middle class and commercial neighborhood on the south side of Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 2.[2]

History[edit]

On May 4, 1870, Hunters Point was incorporated with the villages of Astoria, Blissville, Ravenswood, Dutch Kills, Middletown, Sunnyside and Bowery Bay into Long Island City.[3]

As a peninsula bounded by the commercial waterways of Newtown Creek and the East River, Hunters Point became a highly industrialized area in the 19th century. Deindustrialization in the 1970s and 80s left many abandoned warehouses and factories in the community. Gantry Plaza State Park was built in this neighborhood in the 1990s, with restored car float docks and an excellent view of Manhattan. There are new schools, businesses, playgrounds and high rise apartments. LaGuardia Community College is a short distance away. In 1998, the Queens Historical Society recognized Hunters Point's historical architecture with a "Queensmark" award to encourage landmark preservation. The neighborhood is currently undergoing substantial gentrification, with co-ops and condominiums being built along the East River waterfront.

The Hunters Point Historic District is a national historic district that includes 19 contributing buildings along 45th Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets. They are a set of townhouses built in the late-19th century.[4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

Transportation[edit]

Hunters Point has two Long Island Rail Road stations: Long Island City and Hunterspoint Avenue at the intersection of Hunterspoint Avenue and Skillman Avenue. They are the termini of the Montauk Branch and Hunterspoint Branch of the LIRR City Terminal Zone. LIRR commuters at Hunterspoint Avenue can connect to the nearby Hunters Point Avenue station of the IRT Flushing Line (7 train), the Q67 bus, or take NY Waterway ferries from the nearby docks.

During the summer the New York Water Taxi Company used to operate Water Taxi Beach, a public beach artificially created on a wharf along the East River, accessible at the corner of Second Street and Borden Avenue. It was discontinued in 2011 due to new construction on the site of the old landing.

Map of industrial Hunters Point, 1891

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
  3. ^ Greater Astoria Historical Society; Jackson, Thomas; Melnick, Richard (2004). Long Island City. Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 0-7385-3666-0. 
  4. ^ Stephen S. Lash and Betty J. Ezequelle (January 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Hunters Point Historic District". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-01-16.  See also: "Accompanying photo". 

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