Richmond Hill Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"To this day, many Queens neighborhoods are described as suburbs in the city. Richmond Hill was the first to merit such a description. It was all the plan of a New York attorney named Albon Platt Man, who’d admired the hilly terrain when visiting Long Island. He bought up five farms totaling about 400 acres to create a residential community with railroad connections to Manhattan and Brooklyn, and he named the town after the London borough of Richmond upon Thames. Crusading journalist Jacob Riis, who knew a little something about how urban living could be improved, moved his family to Richmond Hill in 1886 and described it as “the most beautiful spot I had ever seen” in his memoir, The Making of an American. Of course, it’s changed from the community Man planned: The subway’s J line has supplanted the railroad for commuting; the golf course and town common are gone (so is Riis’s 120th St. house). But there are some holdovers—a bevy of Victorian homes—and what a treat they are."