I did a double take when I saw this house. It looks so much like the houses I grew up around; old Greek Revival and Italianate farmhouses in upstate Otsego County. But this house is in the middle of upscale, suburban Queens. A quick look around the neighborhood shows all kinds of 20th century residential architecture, from one end of the century to the other, but nothing is as old as this late 1840s farmhouse, sitting by itself of a generous lot.
The house’s address is 236-12 Center Drive, in Douglaston, an area with a long history. When the Matinecoc Indians lived in this area, it was called Madnan Neck, and was a favorite area for fishing and harvesting oysters and clams. They were used for food, and the shells were used to make wampum, for trading. When the Dutch and English settlers showed up, in the late 17th century, a settler named Thomas Hicks and his men evicted the Matinecoc in a battle, even though the Dutch authorities had not approved of such actions. It was the only such seizure of property in the annals of Flushing, which oversaw this part of Long Island.
The early residents of the area were both Dutch and English. They named the area Thorne’s Neck, then Wilken’s Neck, and finally settled on Little Neck, the name that stuck until the second half of the 19th century, when the name moved to an adjacent town. Subsequent settlers utilized the clam and oyster beds so prized by the Matinecoc, and harvested their bounty until the beds became too polluted to use in the early 20th century. Until industrialization and sewage ruined everything, Little Neck clams and oysters were famous for their superior qualities.
Much of the peninsula’s land belonged to the Weakes family, the Van Wycks, then Wynant Van Zandt, who sold it to the Douglas family. George Douglas, a Scotsman, established Douglas Manor in the 1830s. A bit further south, away from the shore, the town of Marathon grew up, with parcels of land belonging to several prominent families, including the Allen family. The Allen farm was massed from smaller purchases by the Allen’s before 1820. The land passed to several generations of Allen’s before ending up with Benjamin P. Allen. In 1847, Benjamin acquired the last piece of the family farmstead, where the house now stands, and began building his home. (more…)
This Tudor home, on its sprawling lawn right near the waterfront, is just lovely. It’s located in Douglaston, at 7 Beverly Road. The three-story interior has been thoroughly modernized, with a new, shiny-looking kitchen. Our favorite parts: the sunroom, the outdoor patio, and the size of the lot – 8,100 square feet. All that space does not come cheap. The price tag is a hefty $2,800,000. Think it’s worth that much?
It’s time to break away from winter and jump into the great outdoors! Good thing the borough is ready. Tomorrow, the Queens Botanical Gardens will host two programs for nature lovers. At 10 am, the Flushing green space will launch its intergenerational garden (above). Interested individuals will be able to tour the facilities, meet gardeners of all races and ages, and learn the ropes with the coordinator. Then at noon, QBG will offer an introductory workshop on how to grow summer vegetables indoors. Meanwhile just south of Little Neck Bay, Urban Park Rangers will teach wilderness survival at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center. Participants of all ages will learn how to build shelter, start a fire without matches, and find water sources in a forest. The fun continues on March 10th at the Rockaway Community Park Coastal Clean-Up, where do-gooders will work with Natural Areas Volunteers from the Parks Department to remove debris from the shoreline and protect Jamaica Bay’s natural habitat.
Wowza — this freestanding home at 310 Shore Road, in Douglaston, is 3,920 square feet on a gorgeous property that overlooks the waterfront. It’s also asking $4,195,000. Hard to make a judgement on the asking price because there are no interior photos, but here’s what the listing says: “Grand Entry Hall/Staircase W/Very Large Living & Dining Rooms On Either Side, Lge Kitchen W/ Granite Counters/Center Island.” Seriously people, you can’t list a home for millions of dollars without one peek of the interior! We’re just hoping the inside lives up to the spectacular outside.
A spacious Tudor home with views of the water? Sign us up! This property at 7 Beverly Road, in Douglaston, is asking $2,800,000. The exterior’s gorgeous (love that gabled roof) and the interior looks to be in fine shape. There’s also an expansive front lawn and two private patios. A very nice property indeed, but do you think it will achieve its ask?
Yesterday, local pols including Borough President Katz, Assemblymember Nily Rozic, Senator Tony Avella, Assemblymember Ed Braunstein and Councilmember Paul Vallone gathered to demand additional funding for increased bus service in Douglaston. According to a report by Queens Courier, the five major bus lines running through the area do not serve Douglaston’s growing ridership. Residents also complain about sporadic service. Pols demanded an increase in federal and state funding in order to add more local and express buses, bus lines and bus stops.
It’s unclear how the MTA will respond. An MTA official told Queens Courier that improvements already were made to the QM3 and QM8 running time and frequency this past year, the Q36 line was extended, the Q76 weekend service was restored and expanded, and the weekend Q31 service will be restored this spring.
Pols Call for More City Buses to Run Through Douglaston [Queens Courier]
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The Parks Department Natural Resources Group will hold a meeting this month to present recommendations for protecting the water and ecological resources of the Alley Creek Watershed. The NRG plans to address the current conditions of the watershed, assess the major threats to the area, and take input from community members and community groups on their priorities for the waterway. This meeting is part of a long-term control plan to better understand the impacts on water quality and related recreational uses within Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay. You can read a detailed PDF about the $142,000,000 plan here.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th, 6pm at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. Find directions here.
The only road that connects Douglaston and Little Neck north of Northern Boulevard runs between Douglas Road, at the eastern edge of Douglaston at Udall’s Cove Park, and Little Neck Parkway alongside the Long Island Rail Road. The city has never really settled on a name for the road, and thus it’s known by a variety of names depending on what part of the route you happen to be on.
Until Hagstrom listed it in the 1970s, it had never made city maps, either, which leads me to believe the road in its complete route is a relatively recent connection. Area residents have been calling it simply “the back road.”