Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York City
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Kew Gardens Hills, also sometimes incorrectly referred to as Kew Garden Hills, is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens. It is bordered to the West by Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, to the North by the Long Island Expressway, to the South by Union Turnpike and to the East by Parsons Boulevard (or by 164th Street depending on one's definition of the boundaries). Kew Gardens Hills roughly encompasses ZIP code 11367.
Adjacent neighborhoods include Hillcrest (east), Briarwood (south), and Queensboro Hill (north).
It is a mixed neighborhood of single family homes (detached or in rows) as well as two-story garden apartment buildings (mostly built during the years immediately following World War II), as well as some public housing projects in the Northeastern corner of the area.
Main Arteries through the neighborhood are Main Street, Jewel Avenue, and Kissena Boulevard. Main arteries around the perimeter of the neighborhood are Union Turnpike, Horace Harding Expressway, Kissena Boulevard, Parsons Boulevard, and Union Turnpike. Highways to the neighborhood include Long Island Expressway, Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck Expressway, and the Jackie Robinson Interborough Parkway.
The neighborhood contains a rapidly growing Orthodox and Haredi Jewish population and some Israelis, as well as smaller groups of Koreans, Chinese, Indians, Afghanis, and African Americans.
The commercial areas of the neighborhood include Main Street, Union Turnpike, Parsons Boulevard and Kissena Boulevard.
Scenes from the 2000 movie Boiler Room were shot in Kew Gardens Hills.
There are several dozen houses of worship in Kew Gardens Hills. The Roman Catholic Church Queen of Peace is located on Main Street at 77th Road. This neighborhood has a large Orthodox Jewish population, many of them immigrants from Israel, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, France, Africa, and the Middle East. Many residents have also moved from neighborhoods such as Crown Heights in Brooklyn. A sizable Muslim and Sikh population exists here as well.
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