New York, New York 10276


Elmhurst Professional Guide

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"Reflecting on recent census figures, a local newspaper columnist wrote that Americans should look to Elmhurst for “what their future holds.” The same thing could have been said in 1776. While many then living in Queens were loyal to their British homeland during the American Revolution, Elmhurst was a Patriot stronghold. And here we are, almost 250 years later, with the tenor in Elmhurst again expected to prevail nationwide. The newspaper columnist was referring to Elmhurst’s status as a melting pot with a white minority, which is predicted for the overall US population within a few decades. The many houses of worship along this walk highlight not only Elmhurst’s prodigious diversity but its long history too. Elmhurst grew out of one of the first European settlements in Queens, which was named Middleburg upon its founding in 1652 and rechristened Newtown in the 1680s. It kept that name until real estate developers began molding the rural village into a contemporary residential neighborhood in the late 1800s."

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Dec 2018