Kew Gardens Hills, Long Island
Kew Gardens Hills is a neighborhood located in the borough of Queens, Long Island, New York. It is part of Queens Community Board 8 and roughly encompasses ZIP code 11367. The neighborhood is surrounded by Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to the west, by the Long Island Expressway to the north, Union Turnpike to the south, and Parsons Boulevard (or by 164th Street depending on one's definition of the boundaries) to the east. Hillcrest, Briarwood, and Queensboro Hill are adjacent neighborhoods in Kew Gardens Hills. The neighborhood is also forms an ethnically rich part of Queens, and with Kew Gardens, is a major center of the Orthodox Jew way of life. The commercial areas include Main Street, Union Turnpike, Parsons Boulevard, and Kissena Boulevard. Several highways in Kew Gardens Hills are Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway, and the Jackie Robinson Parkway.
In the early part of the 20th century, Kew Gardens Hills was still a part of Queens Valley when golf courses followed by houses came up on the wavy and elevated tracts of land. It had been used for horticulture and farms in the preceding century. The local civic association which founded in 1941 has served all Kew Gardens Hills residents by urging on their behalf with government and other public service providers. Public safety, sanitation, the infrastructure, streets and roads, libraries, parks and playgrounds are some the keystones of the association's efforts as KGHCA strives to guarantee the quality of life that makes Kew Gardens Hills a prime Queens residential neighborhood.
Notable residents living in Kew Gardens Hills include Robert Chartoff (producer of the film Rocky), Martin Landau (actor), Bob Dylan (rock legend), Michael Landon (actor), and Art Garfunkel (American singer-songwriter and actor). Residents make an eclectic mix but Orthodox Jews are the most numerous population. There are also other immigrants from Israel, Russia, Tajikistan, Africa, and the Middle East. Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills is a body of considerable influence in the area. The neighborhood has a track record of stable development during the past 5 decades and more. The Queens College campus on Horace Harding Expressway is an important landmark in Kew Gardens Hills. It has been a perfect place for followers of history and the Arts as well, in the form of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and the Colden Center for the Performing Arts. Many of the best concerts of Classical Music and Jazz in Queens are also held there. The Museum has a tradition of arranging significant exhibitions at regular intervals and attracts international attention from the most respected authorities in the worlds of History and the Fine Arts. Kew Gardens Hills is predominantly an upper middle class neighborhood. New Yorkers who can afford luxury housing tend to prefer Kew Gardens Hills for its dual advantages of proximity to offices and scenic beauty.