The Bowne House
in Flushing is one of the oldest properties in Queens.
Many Queensites go through great pains to help preserve the borough’s
rich and diverse history. As a result some of the oldest properties in
New York City reside in Queens. Here is a summary of the borough’s
1661 - Bowne House (Flushing)
2. 1694 - Friends Quaker Meeting House (Flushing)
3. 1709 - Onderdonk House (Ridgewood)
4. 1729 - Riker-Lent Homestead (Jackson Heights)
5. 1730 - King Manor (Jamaica)
6. 1735 - Van Wyck House (Douglaston Manor)
7. 1750 - Creedmor/Adriance Farmhouse (Floral Park)
8. 1780 - Kingsland Homestead (Flushing )
9. 1848 - Allen-Beville (Douglaston)
10. 1855 - William Steinway Mansion (Astoria)
11. 1856 - St. Monica’s Church (Jamaica)
12. 1862 - Flushing Town Hall (Flushing)
Source: Queens Historical Society
|This nine-bedroom home
in Jamaica Estates has a personal theater and is worth $3 million.
the kind of homes that would make Robin Leech gasp: palatial abodes
steeped in luxury and extravagance. In Queens, places like these are
not hard to find.
78th Avenue in Forest Hills
This three-bedroom town house comes with radiation heat floors, a fully
soundproofed home theater, housekeeping quarters, a sauna, private gym,
billiard room and “an all wood relaxation room.”
This four-bedroom Malba house has an unobstructed water and bridge view,
use of a private park, an in-ground heated pool with a spa, and proudly
reminds prospective buyers its just “10 miles to midtown.”
This nine-bedroom home in Jamaica Estates has 20 rooms, including a
personal theater on the third floor, French doors that lead into the
Chinese garden, plus “polished marble and bamboo” throughout
the 13,520 square-foot home.
28 Shore Rd., Douglaston Manor
“Just a few steps from Douglaston Bay,” is this 8-bedroom
home, complete with wrap-around porch, original stain glass windows,
and beach and mooring rights.
|At just under
$3 million, this country-style house in Douglaston Manor is one
of Queens’ most expensive.
Fifteen minutes from Kennedy Airport is this yellow, country-style home,
that offers a fire place in the living room, “hi-tech kitchen
with center aisle,” and a spacious front lawn to bring back the
old world feeling.
Tucked between the Bay Terrace mall and Bell Boulevard, is the exclusive
Bayside Gables, where this three-bedroom home is located, complete with
a limestone fireplace, slate patio, stain glass windows and a “cozy
Greenway Terrace, Forest Hills
Just shy of the $2,000,000 mark is this 6,500 square foot Greenway Terrace,
Forest Hills Garden townhouse.
estate postings as of Sept. 27, 2004
Public Housing Developments
|As one of the
largest public housing developments in Queens, Pomonok Houses is
home to more than 4,000 people.
has the least number of public housing developments at 28, compared
to Brooklyn’s 101 developments, it does have home of the highest
individual housing complex’s in the city. Queensbridge Houses
is the largest single development in all of New York City at 3,101 apartments.
Houses – 3,101
Queensbridge Houses is the City’s largest public housing development.
It has 26, six-story buildings housing some 7,000 residents.
Houses – 2,167
Ravenswood Houses consists of 31 buildings, six and seven-stories tall
housing an estimated 4,541 people.
Houses – 2,070
Pomonok Houses has 35 buildings, three, seven and eight-stories high
on 51.98-acres housing an estimated 4,204 people.
Located at Beach Channel Drive and Almeda Avenue, Beach 51st Street
and Beach 58th Street
Houses – 1,358
Woodside Houses has 20 six-story buildings housing an estimated 3,442
people. Completed December 30, 1949, the 22.3-acre complex is between
49th and 51st Streets, 31st Avenue and Newton Road.
Houses – 1,102
Astoria Houses consists of 22 buildings, some six and some seven-stories
high. The development is home to some 3,135 people.
Street Houses – 712
Beach Channel Drive Houses are on the Rockaway peninsula. It consists
of four 13-story buildings on 13.31-acres housing an estimated 1,733
Houses – 712
Hammel Houses on the Rockaway peninsula consists of 14 buildings, six
and seven-stories high housing some 1,994 residents. Completed April
30, 1955, the 14.16-acre complex is bordered by Beach 81st and Beach
86th Streets, Hammels and Rockaway Beach Boulevards.
Houses – 604
Redfern Houses in the Rockaways has nine buildings, six and seven-stories
high housing some 1,780 people. Completed June 1, 1959, the 18.78-acre
complex is bordered by Redfern Avenue, Beach Channel Drive, Hassock
and Beach 12th Streets.
Houses – 598
South Jamaica Houses has 11 buildings, three and four-stories tall housing
some 994 residents. Completed August 1, 1940, this 9.02-acre Queens
complex is between 158th and 160th Streets, South Road and 109th Avenue.
York City Housing Authority
Top Five Cheapest Rents
Queens boasts some
of the most affordable housing in the city. Here is a sampling of the
cheapest ways to put a roof over your head.
Far Rockaway Studio. Live on the beach at 20-10 Seagirt Blvd., a gated-in
community in Far Rockaway.
- $500 for a room in a two-bedroom apartment in hip
Astoria is pretty easy to find, but size, condition and mental stability
of roommates vary widely.
- $319 for a two-bedroom is the average gross rent
in Public Housing in Queens, according to the New York City Housing
Authority. Tenants who qualify for public housing pay 30 percent of
the total rent.
- $300, Woodside – Found on Craigslist: “Live
in our living room female only please. Share a one bedroom apt with
mother and child. if u basically just need a place to sleep this may
work out.” Indeed.
- $150 – If you happen to have a houseboat, or
a yacht, you can rent a slip at the Whitestone Marina with full electrical
and water hookup. Let the waves rock you to sleep and the seagulls wake
- FREE – Bed in homeless shelter, such as the
Saratoga Inn in Springfield Gardens, the city’s largest shelter
for homeless families, or the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Kew
Gardens. 9,094 families, 8,809 single adults and 16,371 children are
now homeless in New York City.
Five Highest Rents
- $6,700+ for a duplex in the 43-story
Citylights building in Long Island City, which includes whirlpool baths,
balconies or terraces, fitness center and even a kindergarten to 5th
grade school right inside the building.
- $6,500+ for a three bedroom at Avalon Riverview in,
again, Long Island City, which includes full height windows or balconies
with Manhattan views, ceramic tile kitchen floors and access to the
half-acre landscaped roof garden with putting green, otherwise known
as “essential luxuries.”
Outside of the
new developments on the East River, higher rents are paid for exclusive
neighborhoods and secure locations.
– Four-bedroom, four-bathroom house on Asquith Crescent
Road that includes a fireplace and a bar in the basement.
- $4,000 – Four-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-fireplace
house in Little Neck.
- $3,700 – Four-bedroom, three-bathroom Grand
Tudor in Little Neck Hills, including a stone fireplace and stained