College Point, Queens, New York City
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College Point is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It is located north of Flushing on Flushing Bay and the East River and is part of the NYPD's 109th Precinct. In the past, it was a largely German American community. Today, College Point is a mildly industrial but mostly residential community featuring mostly one and two family homes and condominiums experiencing a housing boom with the construction of multi-family homes.
College Point was named for St. Paul's College, a seminary founded in 1835 by the Rev. Augustus Muhlenberg. The college closed circa 1850, but the name stuck. Former names include Lawrence's Neck, Tew's Neck, Flammersberg, and Strattonsport.
The town was pioneered by a German-American industrialist, Conrad Poppenhusen, who made his fortune in manufacturing hard rubber combs. He founded the community primarily for his workers and became a philanthropist contributor to churches, libraries, and The Poppenhusen Institute, an educational beacon of College Point. He is responsible for the first free kindergarten in America. A special monument on College Point Boulevard, one of the main streets in College Point, stands testament to Poppenhusen .
College Point became a center for breweries and day trip resorts, but during Prohibition the community shifted towards airplane parts manufacturing.
In 1997, the Queens Historical Society bestowed a "Queensmark" award on College Point, in hopes of encouraging historical preservation of local landmark architecture.
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