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The Historic Sites in Queens That You Can Visit via a Sprinter Van Rental in New York City (Part 2)
Custom Coach & Limo has been introducing our readers to the historic sites in Queens that they could go to with a sprinter van rental in New York City.
A sprinter van rental in New York City can accommodate up to 10 passengers, so invite your friends and family to a trip back through time. You can definitely check out Queens to visit interesting historic places or just admire their architecture.
Now, where else to go?
Forest Hills has three national historic sites. The beautiful Church-in-the-Gardens is a church complex that includes the church building, the parish hall, and the community house. The church was built in the 1910s and designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, while the community house was built in the 1920s and the hall was built in the 1950s. All three have a Tudor revival architecture. It is also known as the Community Congregational Christian Church.
Another historic church in the neighborhood is the St. Luke's Episcopal Church, built in three phases from the 1920s through the 1940s. It features a collegiate gothic design created by Robert Tappan. You should also visit the United States Post Office - Forest Hills station, which was built in the 1930s. Lorimer Rich is credited for its international style. It is part of the US Post Offices in New York State multiple property submission in the 1980s.
Richmond Hill is home to Public School 66 and the Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Church.
The historic Roman Catholic parish church complex includes the cloister, school, parsonage and rectory and the church building itself. The church was designed by Thomas Henry Poole in the 1910s. It has a Romanesque architecture that follows the basilican plan. Meanwhile, Public School 66 was designed by CBJ Snyder in the 1890s. The historic school has a Romanesque architecture that features a tower with a belfry.
Gather your friends on a sprinter van rental in New York City and head out to:
The entire neighborhood is considered a historic district and is listed as Jackson Heights Historic District. Home to around 108,000 people, the historic district encompasses and area of 300 acres of space with more than 2,200 contributing objects. These buildings have late 19th- and 20th-century revival architecture.
You could also go to Lent Homestead and Cemetery, which was built in the 1720s and features a Dutch colonial and colonial architecture. Meanwhile the United States Post Office - Jackson Heights Station was built starting in the 1930s and has a colonial revival design. Benjamin C. Flournoy is credited as the architect of the historic post office. You should also see the mural created by Peppino Mangravite in the 1940s.
Kew Gardens Hills
Parkway Village has an area of 35 acres and includes more than 109 buildings with modernized colonial and neo-Georgian architecture designed by Leonard Schultze and Associates. Clarence Combs designed the landscape for the garden apartment complex that used to house United Nations employees and visitors. Or you could visit the Queens County Savings Bank, which was built in the 1950s. It has a Georgian revival architecture created by Harold O. Carlson.
The Church of the Resurrection was built in the 1870s and has gothic revival architecture. It was then remodeled in 1904 to have a Tudor revival and late gothic architecture. It also includes a rectory that was built in the 1880s and has a Queen Anne architecture. Jacob Riis and Theodore Roosevelt visited the church.
Jamaica has more than a dozen nationally registered historic places. J. Kurtz and Sons Store Building was built in the 1930s and features an art deco architecture designed by Allmendinger & Schlendorf. Meanwhile, the St. Monica's Church is a former Roman Catholic church building that was built in the 1850s. It has a Romanesque revival architecture created by Anders Peterson and Rev. Anthony Farley. It was closed in the 1970s and became neglected. It is now used as a daycare center.
You can also go to the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Building, which was built in the 1920s. It features a colonial revival design created by George W. Conable. Meanwhile, the Office of the Register was built in the 1900s and has late 19th- and 20th-century revivals and neo Italian Renaissance designs. The former government building is now the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.
The United States Post Office - Jamaica Main was built in the 1930s and features the colonial revival designs of Cross and Cross. You also have the TWA Flight Center, which was built in the 1960s and has a neo-futuristic architecture designed by Eero Saarinen and Associates. It is now in the process of being turned into an onsite airport hotel with more than 500 guest rooms.
The Jamaica Savings Bank building was built in the 1890s and has a beaux arts architecture designed by William C. Hough and Edgar Devell, Jr. It is now a Capital One Bank branch. Meanwhile, the Sidewalk clock on Jamaica Avenue has a very unique design and was named as an NYC Landmark in 1981. It was then added to the national register four years after.
The Grace Episcopal Church Complex includes a cemetery, a church building and the parish house. The church was built in the 1860s and has a gothic revival architecture, while the parish house was constructed in the 1910s and features a Tudor revival architecture. The cemetery has burials as far back at the 1730s. Some of the notable people buried here include war correspondent Robert McCormick, Rufus King, William Duer, and Charles King. Services are still held at the church.
Prospect Cemetery has around 240 family plots, all in all having more than 2,100 burials. The historic cemetery was established in the 1660s and is generally regarded as a Presbyterian burial ground. It includes the Chapel of the Sisters, built in the 1850s. The cemetery is the oldest in the Big Apple.
You could also visit La Casina, a commercial building that was built in the 1900s and was redesigned in the 1930s. It has a streamline moderne architecture and still has its original neon sign.
The King Manor was built in 1806 and was the house of US Senator Rufus King, who also signed the Constitution. The Georgian manor is maintained by the parks department and is open for tours. Then you have the First Reformed Church, which was built in the 1850s. The historic church features an early Romanesque architecture and Sidney J. Young is its architect. It has asymmetrical towers and corbel tables that are reminiscent of rundbogenstil.
A sprinter van rental in New York City can help you explore the borough in style and comfort. Where should you go?
Long Island City
Long Island City has five sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Court Square is a station of the New York City Subway. It serves the IND Crosstown, IRT Flushing and the IND Queens Boulevard lines. It is part of the NYC Subway Station Multiple Property Submission made in 2005.
Then you can go to Hunters Point, which is located at the south side of the city. It has 19 contributing townhouses that were built in the 19th century. Or visit the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which was opened in 1909. The cantilever bridge crosses the East River and connects Manhattan with Queens. Henry Hornbostel is the architect and Gustav Lindenthal is its designer. Leffert L. Buck provided engineering design. It sports a beaux arts design.
The Long Island City Post Office was built in the 1920s and is one of the post offices in the state that were designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect. It has a colonial revival style and is part of the US Post Offices in New York State Multiple Property Submission. Meanwhile, the Long Island City Courthouse was built in the 1870s and features a mix of designs, including late 19th- and 20th-century revivals and neo-English architecture designed by George Hathorne and Peter M. Coco.
Glen Oaks has the Cornell Farmhouse, which was built in 1750 and features Dutch colonial, Greek revival, and colonial architecture.
What other historic sites can you go to with a sprinter van rental in New York City? How about:
Kew Gardens is home to Maple Grove Cemetery, which was founded in the 1870s. It features the Victorian era Monumental Park and the Memorial Park sections. The architects of the cemetery were Peter Gisolfi, James E. Ware, George W. McClure and Son. It is currently overseen by the Friends of Maple grove.
Then you have the last home of Ralph Bunche, an American diplomat who died in 1971. The Ralph Johnson Bunche House was built in the 1920s and has a neo-Tudor style designed by Koch & Wagner. Bunche helped established the United Nations and was the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rockaway has two historic places. There is the Jacob Riis Park Historic District, which includes an extensive sand beach and a bath house that was built in the 1930s. The bath house sports an art deco design. Then there is Fort Tilden. The former army installation is now used as a natural area that features a beach, maritime forest and dunes.
Ridgewood has more than a dozen nationally registered historic places. The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House is the oldest stone house in the Big Apple and it has Dutch colonial architecture. It was built in the 1660s and added to the national register in the 1970s. It was also named as a city landmark in the 1990s. You should also check out the Cypress Avenue East Historic District, which covers 26 acres of space and has close to 250 contributing properties that were built in the 1900s through the 1910s. Most of the notable buildings here have a Mathew Flats architectural style designed by Louis Berger and Bauer & Stier.
Summerfield Street Row Historic District has 19 contributing properties built in the 1910s. The brick row houses have a Romanesque and Renaissance architecture and was designed by Louis Berger & Co. and Jacob Erbach. Meanwhile, the Cooper Avenue Row Historic District has seven brick row houses, which were built in 1915 and which have Romanesque and Renaissance architecture designed by Louis Berger & Co. More of the same brick row houses are found in Cornelia-Putnam Historic District, where you have close to 90 dwellings; the Fresh Pond-Traffic Historic District, which has 197 contributing buildings; the Madison-Putnam-60th Place Historic District, which has 145 contributing buildings; the Seneca Avenue East Historic District, with 120 contributing properties; Stockholm-DeKalb-Hart Historic District, with 79 contributing row houses; and the Cypress Avenue West Historic District, where you have 440 contributing dwellings.
The Central Avenue Historic District has 104 contributing buildings, which were built in the 1910s. The brick tenement apartments were designed by Henry W. Meyer and sport a Mathews Flats architecture. You can also tour the 183 contributing brick row houses in the 75th Avenue-61st Street Historic District, or those in the 68th Avenue-64th Place Historic District.
Then you can go to the Cemetery of the Evergreens, which was opened in the 1840s. The cemetery was designed by Calvert Vaux and covers 225 acres of land. Notable burials here include those of actor John Bunny, Anthony Comstock, Bill Dahlen, NYC councilman James E. Davis, actors Effie and John D. Germon, Lucille Hegamin, William Hickey and Oscar Walker.
Visit the St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church complex, which includes the church building, the bell tower, rectory, school and convent. The church was built in the 1920s and has an Italian Renaissance revival architecture.
Wyckoff-Snediker Family Cemetery was built in the 1730s and has burials going as far back to the 1790s. It has 136 members from both families as well as interment for other people who had Dutch ancestry. The St. Matthew's Episcopal Church was built in 1907. The historic Episcopal church has a late gothic revival architecture designed by Henry Bereau and Robert Schirmer. While the church was closed in 2011, it is still being used and is now known as the All Saints Church.
Also check out the Forest Park Carousel, which was built in 1903 and has 52 figures. The carousel is one of only two Muller brothers carousel that is still operational. It was added to the national register in 2004 and named as a city landmark in 2013.
Middle Village has four nationally registered historic districts. The Forest-Norman Historic District has three acres of space and includes more than three dozen contributing two story brick houses that were designed by Louis Berger in 1908. The Grove–Linden–St. John's Historic District has two acres of space and includes 51 brick tenement apartments built in 1908 through 1910, as well as quite a few row houses. These buildings all have a Romanesque revival architectural style designed by Louis Berger & Co. and Spaeth & Senger.
The Seneca-Onderdonk-Woodward Historic District has more than 200 contributing buildings covering 21 acres of space. A majority of these buildings are brick tenement apartments. Most of these buildings feature a Mathews flats architecture designed by G.X. Mathews and Louis Allmendinger. Also designed by Mathews and Allmendinger is the Woodbine-Palmetto-Gates Historic District that covers 8 acres of space, mainly composed of brick tenements.
Rockaway Beach is home to the Temple of Israel Synagogue, which was built in the 1920s. It has a classical revival architecture and features a front gable facade with Ionic stone columns. The synagogue is now used as a Pentecostal church after it closed down in 2001. The Rockaway Courthouse was built in the 1930s and features a classical revival design created by Paul C. Hunter.
Fresh Meadows has the Long Island Motor Parkway, which is the first roadway to be designed to be used exclusively by automobiles. The road covers an area of 10 acres and was built in 1908. EG Williams and EH Brown served as architects.
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