Hollis Hills, Long Island
Hollis Hills is an upper-middle class neighborhood within the northeast section located in the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. The neighborhood is surrounded by the Grand Central Parkway to the south, Kingsbury Avenue and Richland Avenue to the north, Hollis Hills Terrace to the west and Springfield Boulevard to the east.
Hollis Hills is physically distinguished from the neighboring areas of Holliswood and Hollis by a slight elevation above sea level, thanks to a quirk of a retreating glacier from the last Ice Age. It is just a close proximity to Manhattan which can be accessed by car in just 20 minutes during non-rush hour periods and Penn. Station is 28 minutes away via the Long Island Rail Road.
The original Hollis was named after a town in New Hampshire, and the newer community got its name because north of Hillside Avenue the land raises the terminal moraine created by glaciers. In 1939, the Surrey Estates homes were among the first to be built in Hollis Hills. Most of the others were built after World War II. There’s a lot of the children who grow up in the neighborhood still remain to raise their own families. Although, it is not compulsory to be a practicing Christian or Jew to qualify for the right to live in Hollis Hills, there are still several Churches and Synagogues can be found in the neighborhood. The Chapel of the Redeemer Lutheran Church dates back to the years of World War II, when some of the first homes in Hollis Hills were built. The American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church has conducted services for over 5 decades though its present site dates back only to 1968. The Hollis Hills Jewish Center has served the community ever since members of the faith began moving in around 1948.
The neighborhood is home to the Hollis Hills Civic Association which is responsible in preserving the tree dominated neighborhood landscape, and goes about its conservation objectives with unvarying integrity and salutary professionalism. Hollis Hills lacks of shopping centers and restaurants but many residents still prefer it that way. The only stores and restaurants within the community are in small bunches at 212th Street and Union Turnpike and farther east on the turnpike at Springfield Boulevard. It does have a public library, at Bell Boulevard and Union Turnpike. Education is the primary reason that makes many families ultimately decide on Hollis Hills over other choices they may have for a place to live. Children can attend the Chapel of the Redeemer Lutheran School on Union Turnpike and 220th Street, which offers kindergarten through sixth grade classes and has an enrollment of 94 children. Hollis Hills also has the Roman Catholic American Martyrs School, which has 235 pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade. Two of the finest and largest parks are within the neighborhood. Alley Pond and Cunningham parks have acres and acres of forest, running and bicycling paths, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, playgrounds, ball fields, picnic areas, and a nature center.