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October 26th, 2003, 11:29 AM
This tour covers the Queens shoreline from Flushing Bay at LaGuardia Airport through College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, and Bayside. Much of the 13 miles of waterfront is inaccessible due to the airport, industry, a pollution control plant, and private ownership; but the rest is in reasonably good condition.

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#1 – 6: The Flushing Bay promenade runs along the Grand Central Parkway from LaGuardia up to Flushing Creek. There are two problems here, and Robert Moses gets the blame for both. In the 1960s, a dyke was built partially across Flushing Bay to shield the World’s Fair Marina from strong tides, which interfere with the normal tidal action. Flushing Bay doesn’t flush. Silt that is brought in with the tide gets deposited in the bay, so it is getting more shallow. The Army Corp of Engineers is conducting a study on how best to remove the dyke.

The other problem is Flushing Meadow, but to be fair to Moses, this place was a huge ash dump with a 90 ft high pile nicknamed Mt Corona before Moses transformed it. The two lakes (Meadow Lake is the largest in NYC) are artificial, and the creek which drained the entire wetland was dammed. The restoration is part of the NYC Olympic bid.


#7 – 10: The southern part of College Point is mostly industrial park, but there are some houses here. The photos were taken at dead-end streets. This is not a great place to live, surrounded by heavy industry, and in LaGuardia’s flight path.

The area got its name from St Paul’s College, which was founded in 1838. It only existed for 10 years, but the name stuck. The big name in College Point is Conrad Poppenhusen.



The library is undergoing a renovation


#11, 12: New development. The shoreline south of 9 Ave is industrial.

#13: A gated community just north of the new development. Looks more like an army fort than Fort Totten.
MacNeil Park is on the northwest shore of College Point.

#20: Houses become more upscale north of 12 Ave.

Results of my unscientific survey: Of all the places I’ve photographed, College Point was number 1 for unsolicited hellos and good mornings.

#23 – 30: Powell’s Cove Park , a 21 acre salt marsh restoration, with gravel paths running along it’s length.

#31 – 35: Malba is a small neighborhood between College Point and the Bronx Whitestone Bridge, with quiet winding streets and expensive homes. The area was developed in 1908 from the Van Nostrand farm. The name is derived from the first letter of the names of the five developers – no wonder it seems out of place.

#36 – 41: Whitestone village was settled in the 1640s on land purchased from the Matinecock. Francis Lewis, the New York signer of the Declaration of Independence, owned a farm in Whitestone. A ferry to the Bronx existed that was mostly used to transport cattle from Westchester. In 1869, the village was incorporated, the railroad arrived, and wealthy families built waterfront mansions in Beechurst. Today Whitestone is mostly one family homes, but Beechurst has apartment buildings.

Le Havre on the Water, about 25 identical buildings in a landscaped complex, seems to fit the suburban character of the area. It’s really a block from the water, and that water belongs to other developments.

#39: This building is on the water.

#40, 41: A new development on the western side of Little Bay, near the Throgs Neck Bridge. The street gave me the impression of a movie set.

The rest of the shoreline has good public access.

#47: Fort Totten on Willet’s Point, originally a shore battery that, along with Fort Schuyler in Throgs Neck, guarded the Long Island Sound passage into New York. Today it’s administered by the Parks Dept and FDNY.

A greenway runs along the Cross Island Parkway and Little Neck Bay down to Northern Blvd and Alley Pond Park.

#49: Apartment buildings at Bay Terrace, northern part of Bayside. Originally 200 acres north of 20 Ave where Robert Willet built a mansion in the 19th century. The land was sold in 1939.

#54: Crocheron Park: Site of the famous Crocheron House Hotel, which attracted the rich and famous to Bayside. During the height of their power, Tammany Hall established an auxiliary headquarters here.

During the 1920s, when films were made in Astoria, many celebrities, such as W.C. Fields, lived in Bayside.

The streets in eastern Bayside (223 st runs along the ridge above the Cross Island Parkway) are almost rural in character. No sidewalks, but they are within walking distance to the commercial Bell Blvd.

#59: 221 st seems to be a dividing line. No sidewalks to the east, sidewalks to the west. As you move west the lots become smaller, but the surburban character remains.

#63: Bell Blvd, all the shopping you need. Just south on
Bell Blvd and 43 Ave was the site of the Staiton-Storm Cigar factory, in 1872 the largest in America. It later became the Owl Commercial Company and then the American Tobacco Company. According to legend, the White Owl brand got it’s name after a white owl flew into the bayside home of the founder, Frederick Storm.

#65 North of about 32 Ave, Bell Blvd becomes residential until 26 Ave, when it enters Bay Terrace.

#70: The houses on the streets near the apartment towers are all variations of this same theme. Looks like one developer did them all.

October 26th, 2003, 11:52 AM
I wanted to change my desktop background but there were too many things to choose from.

I never saw most of those neighborhoods before.

October 27th, 2003, 07:13 AM
The Throgs Neck Bridge manages to be interesting thanks to its curved approaches.

The tower braces on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge are visually unbearable now that the trusses are going. They break the bridge's confident leap and compromise its grace with their timid clinging.

Moses was the man when it came to crossing bodies of water (notice the subtle and witty biblical allusion). More comments later (be patient).

October 27th, 2003, 07:59 AM
Anything like the last one will be worth the wait.

Throgs Neck: There was a good shot between #42 and 43, but there was also a No Cameras Strictly Enforced sign and a police trailer. For some reason, security is much tighter than on the Bronx Whitestone.

The Bronx Whitestone photos are 3 weeks old, so work may be complete. I forgot to ask if anyone knew whether or not the cable stays would also be removed. Maybe a study will be made on the effects of removing the trusses.

November 4th, 2003, 08:14 PM
Definitely a side of the City not seen that often. My memories of the area are mostly from a bus (Q44) from the Bronx on the way to Jamaica....

May 30th, 2004, 02:14 PM
Little Bay Park, Bayside Marina, Fort Totten Park (http://www.sorabji.com/_/Bayside_Queens)

August 8th, 2004, 10:23 AM
Poppenhusen Institute

August 8, 2004


Poppenhusen's Past


Q. A recent article about College Point, Queens, included a passing reference to the Poppenhusen Institute. What in the world is that?

A. The Poppenhusen Institute, a landmark 1868 Italianate brick and brownstone building at 114-04 14th Road, was donated to College Point by its most celebrated benefactor, Conrad Poppenhusen (1818-83). After offering community services for more than a century, it was threatened with destruction in the 1970's before preservationists rallied to save it.

Today, the institute offers karate, piano, drama and country line-dancing classes, has a theater company, sells books on College Point history and has a permanent exhibition on local Indian life. The institute is also gathering oral histories from College Point residents.

Conrad Poppenhusen, who immigrated from Germany in 1843, started out processing whalebone into combs, corset stays and other products. Allying with Charles Goodyear, he moved on to rubber products, and was wealthy enough by the end of the Civil War to give $200,000 to College Point to build and endow the institute.

When the institute opened, it had a grand piano, a "smoking and gossiping hall," one of the nation's first free kindergartens and a sheriff's office with jail cells (they're still there). Among other services, it offered courses on telegraphy and machine sewing. Its grand hall has a 30-foot ceiling, and its auditorium holds a giant painting, "The Advent of Peace," by Friedrich Spangenberg, an allegorical work about the Civil War.

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Conrad Poppenhusen Monument

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April 21st, 2009, 11:12 PM
Excellent pictures of Queens North Photo tour on New York City Guide For Visitors.