CHEVY CHASE STREET, Jamaica Estates, Queens

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Chevy Chase Street runs through the semi-ritzy Jamaica Estates neighborhood in eastern Queens between Union Turnpike and the Grand Central Parkway. Needless to say, it was named  a few decades before comedian Chevy Chase gained fame by imitating President Gerald Ford’s legendary pratfalls on Saturday Night Live in 1975.

Chase, whose real name is Cornelius Crane Chase, likely took his stage name from the Washington DC suburb, Chevy Chase, Maryland, just north of town. That location, in turn, was probably named for a Scottish song, The Ballad of Chevy Chase, that recollects a  14th Century British hunting party in the Cheviot Hills, Scotland, that prompted the Scottish Earl of Douglas to attack the party, believing it to be an invasion.

10/7/13





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6 Responses to CHEVY CHASE STREET, Jamaica Estates, Queens

  1. dave c. says:

    Jamaica Estates is not “semi-ritzy”, Kevin, it is quite ritzy, and always has been since I was a babe in Flushing.

  2. John T. Chiarella says:

    Not all of Jamaica Estates is between the Grand Central Parkway and Union Turnpike. The “boot-shaped” part of Jamaica Estates starts on the north side of Hillside Avenue, between Homelawn Street and 188th Street. Donald Trump’s parents lived on the west side of MIdland Parkway, one house south of the southwest corner with Henley Road. (I lived at 176-15 Henley Road (next to the Invictus Triangle), and used to deliver their groceries). On March 14, 1986, after having been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, former Borough President, Donald Manes stabbed himself to death (now THAT’S dedication) in his home at 80-65 Chevey Chase Street. Contrary to popular belief, Mario Cuomo did not live in Jamaica Estates, but, rather, lived in neighboring Holliswood…on Sancho Street. He was easily spotted while driving through the area in his Checker Marathon!

  3. George Cassidy says:

    Think the ill-fated Donald Manes lived on Chevy Chase when he was Queens beep. He was the mayor of Union Turnpike back in the 1980s, walk up and down it every Saturday morning, pressing the flesh

  4. SIMON says:

    I USED TO LIVE HERE IN THE EARLY 80′S, THE ENTIRE AREA WAS A WONDERLAND IN THE FALL , HALLOWEEN ESPECIALLY. I EVEN USED THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT THE OLD HOLLISWOOD HOSPITAL RIGHT NEAR BY. CIRCA 1982.

  5. Mitchell Pak says:

    I think Mario Cuomo had a residence around here when he was governor.

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