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College Point

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Today’s listing is a two-family home on the border of College Point and Whitestone. The upstairs unit has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the lower apartment has one bedroom and one bathroom.

Located at 14-43 138th Street, the house boasts a fully solar powered heating and electrical system. It’s a fantastic location, walking distance from Target, BJ’s Wholesale and other shopping, and Spa Castle, and a few blocks from Powell’s Cove Park and GU Harvey Playground. There are buses accessible from 14th and 20th avenues.

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The Poppenhusen Institute, built in 1868

There is no college in College Point, and hasn’t been since about 1850, when St. Paul’s College, whose site we will visit later in the tour, was converted into an elementary school and then a summer resort. The college was founded in 1835 as a seminary by the Rev. Augustus Muhlenberg. Communities known as Strattonport and Flammersberg united to form College Point in 1867.

Though the Lawrence family, a name familiar to Queens historians, were the first to settle in what is now the College Point area in the colonial era, it was an entrepreneur named Conrad Poppenhusen who built downtown College Point, to house his factory workers, and it is his legacy that shapes College Point to this day.

College Point today is about as fully realized as small town life gets within the five boroughs. It’s effectively separated from the rest of the city by the East River, Whitestone Expressway and the former Flushing Airport, and the Long Island Rail Road stopped running there in 1932. However, a number of city buses are routed there and College Point is well worth a day trip from “out-of-villagers.”

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This three-bedroom rental in College Point is in a two-story home built in 2007. There are two full baths and two balconies. All three bedrooms and the living room are very spacious. The kitchen is very nice with lots of counter space, a peninsula, a dishwasher, and a built-in microwave. The monthly rent is $2,300.

The Q20A, Q20B, and Q65 buses are all a quick walk away from the building, and the Q25 is seven blocks away. There are parks and playgrounds, shopping, and many dining options in the area. Flushing Bay and the East River are nearby too. Click through for more photos.

15-22 120 Street, #2 [Toula Polios Realty Group LLC] GMAP

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This three-bedroom rental in College Point is part of a two-story home built in 1979. The apartment is has a huge kitchen and two full baths. The living room is spacious too, and there is a separate room for dining. There are hard wood floors in the bedrooms and living room, and there are tiles in the kitchen and baths. Monthly rent is $2,000, and the apartment is available for June 1.

The Q25 bus is a short walk away, and the Q20B is about a five minute walk. Powell’s Clove Park and Hermon A. Macneil Park are both in the area. Small shops and dining options are also a five minute walk away. Click through for more photos.

124-10 9th Avenue, #2 [Century 21 Weber & Rose] GMAP

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The Woodside zip code – 11377 – lost more native sons during the Vietnam War than any other area in the United States. Many other neighborhood residents made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country over the past centuries, and 34 individuals who lived or worked in Woodside died during the Twin Tower terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

On Monday, members of the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813 will honor veterans by placing a wreath at the flagpole at John Vincent Daniels Square near Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street at 11 am. Also, after a 10 am mass, the St. Sebastian War Veterans group will host a parade that kicks off from the St. Sebastian School parking lot at Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.

That’s only part of it. Queens has about 55,000 veteran residents, more than any other borough in New York City. It also hosts the country’s biggest Memorial Day parade (in Little Neck/Douglaston). Here’s a list of local parades scheduled for this weekend.

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This two-bedroom in College Point has a spacious living room area and a cute kitchen. Both bedrooms have lots of closet space, and there are dark wood floors throughout. There’s a new laundry facility in the building, and onsite parking is available for a fee. The monthly rent is $1,750.

The Q25 and Q20B buses are both within walking distance. Frank Golden Park is a few blocks away, and there are lots of small shops and restaurants nearby too. The water is a 20-minute walk away.

13-26 128th Street, #2 [Pacific Realty Associates] GMAP

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One of College Point’s many features that really should be considered by the Landmarks Preservation Commission is Beech Court or Beech Court Circle, located on a cul-de-sac at 121st Street just off 14th Avenue. While such an arrangement — a group of private homes surrounding a central green — is quite popular in the suburbs, this may be the only such occurrence in New York City as a whole.

First a little background on the area: College Point was originally settled by the Native American Matinecocks. The Indians sold much of it to New Netherland Governor William Kieft in 1645. William Lawrence was the first British settler. (College Point Boulevard’s name until 1969, Lawrence Street, honored the Lawrence family.)

Communities known as Strattonport and Flammersberg united to form College Point in 1867. College Point gets its name from St. Paul’s College, founded by 1838 as a seminary by the Rev. Augustus Muhlenberg, the rector of St. George’s Church on Main Street in Flushing. But there is no college in College Point now. St. Paul’s College foundered within a decade, and by about 1850, was converted into an elementary school and then a summer resort. 

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This two-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a prewar multi-family building in College Point. The apartment is gut-renovated with wood floors throughout and has new cabinets in the kitchen. The apartment looks like it gets a lot of light.

There are a handful of small shops in the area, and restaurants are about a ten-minute walk away. The apartment is close to parks, playgrounds, and the water. The Q65 and Q25 are the closest public transportation options, but parking is available for an extra monthly cost. The rent is $1,400 per month.

12-24 116th Street, #2R [Charles Rutenberg, LLC] GMAP

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College Point has always been a rubber town. The village in northwest Queens, still very much isolated by the Whitestone Expressway and the old Flushing Airport grounds, was founded by German immigrant Conrad Poppenhusen, who received a patent from Charles Goodyear to produce rubber products and settled into the area in the Civil War era to build a factory, very much like his contemporary, piano manufacturer Henry Steinway. Like Steinway, Poppenhusen formed a company town surrounding his works, combining two forgotten smaller villages, Flammersburg and Strattonport. He founded a railroad to bering workers from the East River ferries to College Point (parts of it are now included in the Long Island Rail Road) as well as the town’s cultural center, the Poppenhusen Institute, which continues its work today.

I would have liked to have seen this house in its prime. Like many great houses of the 19th century, it has been altered and “improved” and subdivided. Its once spacious grounds were long ago parceled and sold off, and today, the house is surrounded by newer houses. It’s a hidden gem that is an unknown part of College Point and Queens history.

College Point’s most famous citizen in the 19th century was Conrad Poppenhusen. He was a German immigrant who made a fortune in America as a manufacturer of hard rubber products, using the vulcanized rubber formulas of Charles Goodyear. Poppenhusen left Manhattan for Queens, looking for the perfect location for a new factory. He toured College Point, which was sparsely settled at the time, and found it ideal.

In 1854, he broke ground for his new factory, and within a few years, College Point became a mecca for people of German extraction, gaining the nickname “Little Heidelberg.” In addition to the factory workers, who were mostly German immigrants, College Point also attracted wealthy German merchants and manufacturers, people drawn to the community by its ethnic makeup as well as physical beauty, as evidenced by the sweeping view of the East River and Long Island Sound on the north side of the village.