Kew Gardens Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The word suburb had a different meaning when American cities started growing dramatically in the early 20th century. It used to refer to areas removed geographically from the busy urban center but not necessarily outside the city limits. Walking distance to shops, other homes, and public transit was one of the urban qualities retained for early suburbs; the noise and crowdedness, along with lack of fresh air and greenery, were the urban characteristics they eschewed. Kew Gardens was created as one of these suburbs. Established by attorney Alrick Man in 1910, Kew Gardens got its name from a place in Britain; street names and Tudor half-timbering were also borrowed from the English. Other styles entered the mix to produce an assortment of lovely houses, and despite some undesirable modifications and replacements in recent years, the ideal of attractive suburban living within a half-hour commute of midtown perseveres in Kew Gardens."