Hunters Point, Queens
Hunters Point Historic District
Religious procession crossing 50th Avenue, 1989.
Church at rear is undergoing repair.
|Location||Along 45th Ave., between 21st and 23rd Sts., New York, New York|
|Area||1.5 acres (0.61 ha)|
|Architectural style||Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods)|
|NRHP Reference #||
|Added to NRHP||September 19, 1973|
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. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Hunters Point has two Long Island Rail Road stations — Long Island City and Hunterspoint Avenue, the former of which is the terminus of the Long Island City branch of the LIRR City Terminal Zone. Connections are also available Hunters Point Avenue station of the New York City Subway IRT Flushing Line (7 <7> trains), the Q67 MTA Bus route, or 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.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Queens Community Boards, New York City. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- 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.
- 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".
- Queens Bus Map, also shows LIRR, water and subway connections
- Cline, Francis (August 11, 2005). ""Imagination on The Waterfront" in Queens". NY Times. Retrieved July 6, 2013.
- "Water Taxi Beach Long Island City". watertaxibeach.com. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- Hunters Point, Queens: Neighborhood Profile at About.com
- Queensmark Comes To Hunters Point, Queens Historical Society
- Photographs of Hunters Point
- Information about Hunters Point from the Greater Astoria Historical Society
- Hunters Point Photo Gallery
- Forgotten New York: Hunters Point
- Gantry Plaza State Park - Waterfront park in Hunter's Point with great views of the New York skyline