College Point Professional Guide
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"St. Paul’s College had virtually no impact on College Point aside from inspiring its name. The seminary existed for only about 15 years, and its buildings were eventually demolished. If College Point’s name were to reflect the biggest influence in its development, it would probably be called Poppenhusen—as in Conrad Poppenhusen, the German-born industrialist who ran a rubber-goods factory there in the 19th century and gave the town a bank, a church, a railroad, paved streets, schools, and housing where his employees lived. College Point has had other identities besides Poppenhusen’s factory town, among them a German American stronghold (Freie Presse was a locally published newspaper) and recreational hot spot. Thanks to its waterfront location, College Point was a popular destination for day trips and weekend getaways, offering accommodations from bathhouses to full-fledged resorts for all types of fun seekers, who enjoyed beer gardens, picnic parks, beaches, and sporting grounds. Today, a city park takes full advantage of College Point’s perch on the north shore of Queens."