Glendale, Long Island
Glendale is a neighborhood located in the borough of Queens in west central portion, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 5. The neighborhood is surrounded by the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Division tracks to the north, Woodhaven Boulevard to the east, numerous cemeteries to the south and Fresh Pond Road to the West. Glendale is a low density neighborhood for its relative isolation from the New York City Subway system, as well as its bordering by various cemeteries and parks. It is served by Fire Department Engine Company #286 and Ladder Company #135, housed on the south side of Myrtle Avenue between 66th Place and 67th Street and by the 104th Police Precinct located on Catalpa Avenue at 64th Street. Elevation is 89 feet.
The neighborhood was a swampy area of land with fresh water pools. The former and merged names include Fresh Ponds. In the early 1860s, a developer named George S. Schott acquired a considerable amount of land in Fresh Ponds as repayment of a debt owed him. As the Civil War drew to a close, he founded what is today known as Glendale, which he named after his hometown of Glendale, Ohio. Nine years later, one John C. Schooley, a real estate agent, purchased a considerable amount of property and also called it Glendale. Today, the area is home to the largest German-American population in not only Queens, but also in all of the City of New York. But their presence is also declining, while immigrants from Asia and the Caribbean are now settling in Glendale in substantial numbers. Over the years, Germans have left their mark in Glendale, most noticeably in the form of dining establishments along Cooper and Myrtle Avenues.
Well-known current and former residents of Glendale include Dan Schneider (writer). The community is served by three public elementary schools with children moving in sixth grade to Intermediate School 119. In the absence of a high school in Glendale, most students continue at Franklin K. Lane High School on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn. Myrtle Avenue and Austin Street are the main centers of activity in Glendale. It was greatly enjoyed for its parks often frequented by picnickers. With the Steam Trolley running along the Avenue, several investors purchased a total of 500 acres of land in the eastern end of Glendale and opened a number of parks and beer gardens. Forest Park is also a place for fun for the residents of Glendale. The park has a bandshell, which provides shows for the community; a golf course and the park is a popular spot for skaters. Glendale realty is affordable by average standards. Stately homes are available for the wealthy, but sufficient space and pleasant design is available for under $ 500 thousand. Most of its homes consists of one- and two-family dwellings, with semi-attached houses the most common.