LONG ISLAND CITY STREET NECROLOGY

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Long Island City, Queens, which once encompassed all of western Queens west of Woodside from the East River south to Newtown Creek, was once a city on its own (beginning in 1870) before Queens was absorbed by Greater New York in 1898. Even after the coagulation, LIC loomed large in Queens affairs, as its first Borough Hall was housed in the Long Island City Courthouse (finished in 1876, rebuilt 1904 at Jackson and Thomson Avenues. That courthouse is still used frequently for hearings.

Like the rest of Queens, Long Island City’s streets were once named, not numbered, except for 30th through 50th Streets, which were once 1st through 20th Avenues. And even they had names before they became numbered avenues. A second set of numbered avenues was in Hunter’s Point, and have since been renumbered. On this page, we’ll cover most, but not all, of LIC’s former named streets — and places where the old names are still in evidence.

academy Present Name: 30th Street between Queens Plaza and 30th Avenue
Modern Remnant: None

aurelia Present Name: 29th Street between Newtown Avenue and Astoria Boulevard
Modern Remnant: None

beebe Present Name: 39th Avenue between 21st Street and Northern Boulevard
Modern Remnant: Lives on in station signage on the BMT Astoria branch 39th Ave.

bodine Present Name: 43rd Road between Vernon Blvd. and 12th Street
Modern Remnant:  None

boulevard-sign_ boulevard Present Name:Vernon Boulevard betwen Main Avenue and Broadway; 11th Street from Broadway to 43rd Avenue
Modern Remnant: Chiseled sign at old Sohmer Piano Factory, Vernon Boulevard and 31st Avenue

buchanan Present Name: 29th Street between 30th and Newtown Avenues
Modern Remnant: None

camelia Present Name: 31st Drive from Vernon Boulevard to Crescent Street
Modern Remnant: None

carver   carverarms Present Name:  30th Street between Newtown Avenue and Astoria Boulevard
Modern Remnant: Carver Arms Apartments, 30th Street north of Newtown

clark Present Name: 28th Avenue between 14th and Crescent Streets
Modern Remnant: None

dey  Present Name: 33rd Road from 21st to Crescent Streets
Modern Remnant: None

Elm Towers

elm  Present Name: 30th Drive between Vernon Boulevard and 31st Street
Modern Remnant: Elm Towers, 29th Street and 30th Drive

ely Present Name: 23rd Street between Jackson and Newtown Avenues
Modern Remnant: a number of places. Click on above gallery photos for information.

freeman Present Name: 38th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to Northern Boulevard
Modern Remnant: None

graham Present Name: 34th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to Northern Boulevard
Modern Remnant:  None

grand   necrogrand Present Name:  30th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to 51st Street
Modern Remnant: Station signage, BMT Astoria Line 30th Avenue station.  Also: Grand Court, apartment building at 30th Avenue and Newtown Road; Grand Wine and Liquor, 31st Street near 30th Avenue; Grand Court, 23-15 30th Avenue

hamilton  Present Name: 9th Street from Vernon Blvd. and 44th Rd. to Vernon Blvd. and 33rd Rd.
Modern Remnant: None

hancock Present Name: 10th Street from Vernon Blvd. and 44th Drive to Vernon Blvd. and Broadway
Modern Remnant: None

harris   harris Present Name: 43rd Avenue from Vernon Blvd. to Jackson Avenue
Modern Remnant: Chiseled sign, 43rd Avenue and Vernon Boulevard

henry Present Name: 42nd Road from 22nd Street to Jackson Avenue
Modern Remnant: None

hopkins Present Name: 14th Street between 21st Street and 37th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard
Modern Remnant: None

howland Present Name: 24th Street from Hoyt Avenue North to 20th Avenue
Modern Remnant: None

jamaica jamaica-av_ Present Name: 31st Avenue from Vernon Blvd. to Hobart Street; later Patterson Avenue
Modern Remnant: Chiseled sign at old Sohmer Piano Factory, Vernon Boulevard and 31st Avenue

lincoln Present Name: 31st Road from 14th Street to Crescent Street
Modern Remnant: None

lockwood Present Name: 30th Street between Queens Plaza and 30th Avenue (later Academy Street)
Modern Remnant: None

nhenry Present Name: 28th Street between Newtown Avenue and Astoria Boulevard
Modern Remnant: None

orange Present Name: Now eliminated; was just south of 33rd Road ( Dey St.)
Modern Remnant: None

patterson Present Name: 31st Avenue from Vernon Blvd. to Hobart (Formerly Jamaica Avenue)
Modern Remnant: Jamaica Avenue sign (see above)

payntar Present Name: 40th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to Queens Plaza
Modern Remnant: None

pierce Present Name: 35th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to Northern Boulevard
Modern Remnant: None

radde Present Name: 28th Street between 42nd Road and 33rd Avenue
Modern Remnant: None
ridge Present Name: 33rd Avenue from 11th Street southeast to 29th Street
Modern Remnant: None

sherman Present Name: 12th Street from Astoria Boulevard to 44th Avenue
Modern Remnant: None

singer Present Name: 29th Street between Astoria Boulevard and 20th Avenue
Modern Remnant: Singer Apartment, 29th Street off Ditmars Boulevard

sunswick Present Name: 22nd Street from 36th Avenue to 44th Avenue

Modern Remnant: Sunswick, a bar on 35th Avenue and 35th Street, remembers the now-underground creek that gave Sunswick Street its name

taylor Present Name: 29th Avenue between Astoria Boulevard and Crescent Street
Modern Remnant: None

temple Present Name: 30th Road from Vernon Boulevard to Crescent street
Modern Remnant: None

vanalst   vanalst Present Name: 21st Street between 20th Avenue and Newtown Creek
Modern Remnant: Station signage, IND 21st- Van Alst station.  Photo: Wayne Whitehorne

washington   36av-washington Present Name: 36th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to Northern Boulevard
Modern Remnant: Station signage, BMT 36th Avenue-Washington Ave. station

webster Present Name: 37th Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to Northern Boulevard
Modern Remnant: None

whitney Present Name: 30th Road between Crescent Street and 29th Street
Modern Remnant: None

wilbur Present Name: 41st Avenue from Vernon Boulevard to Queens Plaza
Modern Remnant: None

william Present Name: 24th Street from 34th Avenue to 44th Road
Modern Remnant: None

I created street signs in off-white and blue (to match Queens street signs from 1964-1985) and green and white (1985-present)

Upcoming: Hunters Point and Steinway area

Street Necrology: Astoria

12/27/10

 





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