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Image from Kew Gardens
Image courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik. Used by permission under CC BY 2.0. License Info Photo has been cropped.

Living In: Kew Gardens

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Kew Gardens is one of seven planned garden communities built in Queens in the first half of the 20th Century. One of the benefits of living in a Kew Gardens apartment is that it could easily be surrounded by attractive greenery and hiking paths, which gives the area a park-like atmosphere. A further inducement is the promise of a commute to the Manhattan of only thirty minutes by Long Island Railroad or the subways. Kew Gardens apartments are located primarily in low and mid-rise apartment buildings, between four and ten stories high. There are pockets of two and three family homes, where apartments are sometimes found. Closer to Forest Park you will find detached single family homes, although of late, many howeowners have been selling to developers who are tearing them down to put up more apartment buildings. Kew Gardens’ commercial center is Lefferts Boulevard, home to the Kew Gardens Cinemas (which shows independent and international films) and the Comic Den. Food choices range from delis and diners to ethnic restaurants. Dani’s House of Pizza is a favorite with consistent raves, as is Austin's Steak and Ale House. The area consists primarily of locally owned businesses, having not been taken over by national chain stores, adding more charm to the neighborhood. For outdoor recreation families can enjoy Forest Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (he of Central Park fame). It is a well preserved, large expanse of green, and is Queens third-largest park. Residents of Kew Gardens apartments can jog or walk year round, or even use the 7 miles of horseback riding paths. A private stable is available to hire a horse, assuming you don't have your own. The Bandshell hosts free concerts and has seating for 3500. Forest Park also has the largest continous oak forest in the country (many of the trees are over 150 years old), as well as a pine grove with thousands of trees. The general terrain in the park is rocky, with boulders, gullies and ponds that expose the areas glacial past. You can choose to walk on the three designated hiking trails, or set out on your own, map and compass in hand. Kew Gardens sports lovers are often found using the tennis courts, softball fields and basketball courts in Forest Park. Contained in the park is a 110 acre 18 hole golf course. Victory Field is a sports complex that features a 400-meter track, handball courts, and facilities for pole vaulting, broad jumping, shot put, and discus throwing. Kids will enjoy the playground. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Maple Grove is a 65 acre cemetery located in Kew Gardens. Its beautiful grounds welcome thousands of visitors every year, offering a serene setting and a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can walk the well-maintained grounds, enjoying both open and wooded areas, a pond with a fountain, and the opportunity to reflect. Kew Gardens roster of notable past residents includes George Gershwin, Rodney Dangerfield, Will Rogers, Burt Bacharach, Dorothy Parker, Robert Schimmel, Charlie Chaplin, and Jerry Springer.

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