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"'Look out, Queens, because your bible is coming. A 265-page book with intricate maps, historic photos and fascinating tidbits about the nation's most diverse county... The Neighborhoods of Queens includes detailed community profiles that detail everything from boundaries and bus routes to ethnic makeup and landmarks... The book is also notable for its wealth of eye-catching photos.' Nicholas Hirshon, New York Daily News 'Copquin sought input from residents, historians, demographers, politicians, borough officials, shopkeepers and many others, and the result is that The Neighborhoods of Queens captures the unique character of each neighborhood... For anyone who lives in Queens, visits its neighborhoods or remembers it from earlier times, this book is an unsurpassed treasure.' Linda J. Wilson, The Queens Gazette"

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Claudia Gryvatz Copquin is an award-winning freelance journalist who immigrated to Queens from South America with her family in the late 1960s. She now resides on Long Island. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Neighborhoods of New York City
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300151330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300151336
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Poet Prince on June 2, 2008
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Great product for the price. A short history for each neighborhood is
followed by nostalgic yesteryear, and as it looks today images, of important areas or structures--lots of photos.
For example, a recent photo of Jamaica Avenue and 163 St--after the el was taken down, the exterior of the old
Valencia theatre as it is today and the AirTrain structure at LIRR's Jamaica Station.For ex-Richmond Hillites, you are treated to photos of Jahn's, RKO Keiths theatre, and an interior shot of Triangle Hofbrau.The "Queens Timetable" as an appendix, offers some 17 pages of major historical events that occured in Queens from 1609 to 2007.
There are a few things I would question as to accuracy. It is mentioned that a part of New Hyde Park is geographically part of Queens County. Nowhere could I find justification for this, but I suppose this is nit- picking. Each neighborhood has a street map and as an appendix, each has a complete demographic review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Mueller on December 12, 2009
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I found the old photos enjoyable but the captions and maps wrong, at least for Douglaston and Little Neck. The authors moved Douglaston east a quarter mile to Marathon Pkwy and then moved part of Douglas Manor into Little Neck. A photo of Great Neck Estates misleads the viewer into thinking they are looking at the Douglas Manor waterfront. The biggest surprise is that Kenneth Jackson lent his name to such a poorly researched book!
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Queens is rarely explored by tourists, but for the intrepid souls who are willing to scratch below the surface, the largest of New York City's boroughs has a wealth of things to see and do. What was originally incorporated into New York in 1898, with Consolidation, was actually just part of that day's Queens County - a hodgepodge of different rural villages and urban-style communities very different from one another. Today these widely disparate sections constitute the borough's neighborhoods, the basis of this book. While walking in Queens can hardly compete with walking in Brooklyn, the obvious first choice of any venture outside Manhattan - even the Bronx is arguably more rewarding - anybody with more time should definitely try Queens, the country's most ethnically diverse district.
This book gives the lowdown on each of Queens's neighborhoods, telling about its history and present. It tells which are the main drags, the main shopping areas, and what sights/sites, parks and historic buildings there may be. At the end of the book is an interesting appendix giving the statistics on population, ethnicities, average income, and percentage of owner-occupied versus renter-occupied housing units. This reviewer's only gripe (a minor one!) is that this chapter would have been better if it had been at the end of each neighborhood chapter.
This book is indispensable for those who intend to explore Queens.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Subbiondo on July 13, 2009
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As a proud son of Queens (Astoria & Floral Park) who has been away for many years I felt I had to get caught up with my home borough and this book does a good job of detailing the changes in America's most diverse County.

I would have liked more information about the many famous people who have to and from Queens.
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By trekker on November 3, 2014
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Since I grew up in Queens (Elmhurst and Rosedale) I anticipated reading this book a friend had recommended. I am familiar with many areas of Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island, however, this book contains information about the roots of Queens county and the many towns within its boundaries. It's a keeper.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph M. Pettersen on November 24, 2013
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Not alot of historical information included in this book. Information included is mainly current informatin about the neighborhoods. Twp ,pre pdsdfasd.
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By Kevin Bushy on January 7, 2014
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Loved the great detail and pics from the neighborhoods. Great for queens natives as well as newbies to learn more about the history of their neighborhood.
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