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Metropolitan Avenue was once a farm-to-market road plied by farmers bringing wares to East River barges and then back east through fields and meadows to the town of Jamaica. Now a busy truck route, in some places it is still a clogged two-lane road.

If you use your imagination a bit you can envision it plunging through farms and fields, populated by horses and carts. A stroll along the 13 miles from Williamsburg to Jamaica reveals all sorts of interesting historical remnants. (more…)

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You’ll find historic houses, an Art Moderne post office, and New York City’s oldest tavern, Neir’s, just over the Queens-Brooklyn border in Woodhaven. It opened in 1829, back when the nearby Union Course racetrack was still going strong, attracting crowds as large as 70,000.

Famous former residents of Woodhaven include actor Adrien Brody and composer George Gershwin. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photos by Kevin Walsh

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Newcomers riding to the end of the N train will find the destination, Astoria, “extraordinarily hospitable,” writes our Queens columnist Kevin Walsh. There’s Astoria Park with its Olympic-size pool, views of the Hell Gate and Triborough bridges, a bustling Greek enclave, famed neighborhood institution and beer garden Bohemian Hall, and plenty of other delights — even historic architecture. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo of Hell Gate and Triborough bridges via Wikimedia

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A recent visit to the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows found the “modern ruin” in the midst of a makeover. The Pavilion was designed for the 1964 World’s Fair by famed architect Philip Johnson.

The crowd-funded New York State Pavilion Paint Project is restoring the Pavilion in an attempt to return it to its former glory. The repainting is slowly but surely making a difference. See photos and read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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We know what happened when the city rezoned the Williamsburg waterfront. But have you seen how a similar rezoning has transformed Hunters Point in Queens?

A former industrial area on the waterfront has become a jewel, aka Gantry State Park. The area is also home to The New York Architectural Terra Cotta Works, although its spectacular terra cotta-adorned building is currently shrouded in netting, as the nearby Silvercup Studios is restoring it.

Above, a former metal foundry covered with ivy has been transformed into a place for magazine and video shoots by DuVal Enterprises.

There’s lots more to see — and even a place to get a bite. And a tour of the area is scheduled for this weekend. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

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College Point is a unique enclave in Queens that dates from the 1860s. Located in a secluded corner overlooking the East River, College Point today is about as fully realized as small town life gets within the five boroughs.

It’s well worth a day trip to see such attractions as the 1868 Poppenhusen Institute, a cultural center; German grocer Empire Market, founded in 1921; and the waterfront Hermon A. MacNeil Park, with its sweeping views of Manhattan. Read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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June is rose season, and now is the time to check out the blooming Rose Garden at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. You may even get lucky and chance on some new cultivars while you are there. The garden hosts trials by the American Gardens Rose Selections to test the hardiness of newly developed roses.

There are plenty of other things to see at the 39-acre Botanical Garden as well, including bees, a scent garden and a new visitor’s center. See lots of beautiful photos and read all about it on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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Did you know many descendants of the Matinecock native American tribe reside in Little Neck, Queens? The group occupied Little Neck before the Dutch and English arrived in the Colonial era.

A contingent marched in this year’s Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, pictured above. The parade is the largest in the USA, and celebrated its 88th year this past Memorial Day.

See photos of the parade and read all about the area on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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Glendale may not be the best known of Queens’ neighborhoods, but if you live in Brooklyn and you haven’t been there, you’re missing out.

It’s home to the famous German restaurant Zum Stammtisch, a serene and relaxing outdoor mall on the site of a former industrial park known as The Shops at Atlas Park, and the large green space that makes up Forest Park.

One of the three biggest parks in Queens, it includes a golf course, carousel and bandshell. Pictured above is the park’s Dry Harbor Playground. Click through to read more about the area.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

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The area of Ridgewood close to the Brooklyn border is full of plenty of interesting spots to visit, including the Stockholm Street Historic District. The block-long enclave was landmarked in 2000 and features bow-fronted yellow brick houses as well as Queens’ only brick-paved street, pictured above.

Find out more about it and other interesting things to see and do in the neighborhood on Brownstoner Queens.

Photo by Kevin Walsh

Over at Brownstoner Queens, Montrose Morris profiles a landmarked cobblestone (yes, cobblestone!) home standing in Bayside, Queens. The house is one of the rare examples of the Arts and Crafts style in New York City, and one of the earliest houses of this type to be constructed here. Read the full history right this way…