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Richmond Hill Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Adrienne Onofri, Walking Queens (Wilderness Press).
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