Fresh Meadows in Queens NY


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Fresh Meadows is a primarily residential neighborhood in northeastern portion of the borough of Queens in New York City, which is bordered to the east by Francis Lewis Boulevard and Cunningham Park, to the south by Union Turnpike, to the north by Kissena Park, and to the west by parts of Parsons Boulevard. It is located on the Flushing or northeast side of Hillcrest, which divides Flushing and Jamaica. It is located east of the more urban Forest Hills and west of the larger Bayside. The neighborhood is part of Queens Community Board 8 and is served by the United States Postal Service as ZIP code 11365.

Fresh Meadows is home to St. John's University

Fresh Meadows is probably best known for being the site where the the majority of the St. John's University campus is located. Also, the neighborhood has historically and traditionally been home to one of New York City's most thriving Jewish communities, with the Jewish population at one time making up 90% of all people who live in Fresh Meadows. Today, the estimate places the percentage at around 60%, with an increasing number of younger, Asian American families moving into the neighborhood.

The Long Island Expressway runs through the neighborhood. Primary streets are 188th Street, Horace Harding Expressway, 73rd Avenue, Utopia Parkway, and Fresh Meadow Lane. Booth Memorial Avenue, formerly North Hempstead Turnpike, connects Fresh Meadows to Kissena Park.

The 107th Precinct of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) covers this neighborhood.

Kissena Park and Cunningham Park are both located adjacent to Fresh Meadows.

Fresh Meadows is also home to St. Francis Preparatory School, the largest Catholic high school in the United States. Francis Lewis High School, P.S. 26 Rufus King school, M.S. 216 George J. Ryan Middle School, and P.S. 173 The Fresh Meadows School are other notable schools within its precincts.

Fresh Meadows is also the name of a housing development within the neighborhood, centered along 188th Street. The housing project was constructed by the New York Life Insurance Company.


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