7 Blocks: Kew Gardens, Queens

May 11, 2012 2:09:37 PM PDT
Time to explore the 7 blocks around another commuter stop.

Now we are taking you to central Queens. The Kew Gardens stop on the Long Island Rail Road and there is plenty to discover here from one of the borough's biggest parks to its seat of power.

And when you step out into the neighborhood you find yourself in a part of the city that could be small town USA. Lefferts Boulevard home to a bustling selection of shops and stores. The street itself a bridge over the Long Island Rail Road

"It is the only, so I have been told, the only bridge like it that has stores on the bridge, except for the Ponte Vechio in Florence," said Roxanne Solarsh, Tourism Director.

She runs the Queen Tourism center which is located about four blocks from the stop.

The center is housed in a retired 7 line train. Train buffs know it is a R33 redbird, painted red in its day to cover up the graffiti. It sits between two prominent buildings. The Queens County criminal court building and the county seat of power.

The Queens borough hall, there you will find the office of the Queens Borough President and other city offices.

About four blocks from the stop is Forest Park. It is the third largest park in Queens and home to many activities for the family and the health minded. A five foot tall bronze statue of job is located just south of the overlook park offices. This is the borough head quarters for parks in Queens.

Nearby is the Forest Hills Gardens, among the most exclusive addresses in Queens. No parking or standing on the streets surrounding these homes.

But in the end, one of the most interesting points of interests in the community is dedicated "to the end". Maple grove cemetery is 3 blocks from the stop. The 65-acre cemetery was established in 1875 and the final resting place of many famous people.

The cemetery hosts historic tours with actors in costume.

Historic resting places, the county seat of power, and a park with something for everyone can all be found surrounding the 7 blocks of the Kew Gardens stop on the Long Island Railroad.

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