LeFrak City, Queens, New York City
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LeFrak City is a large housing development in the Corona neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens, built in the mid-1960s for working and middle-class families and located on the north side of the Long Island Expressway. The complex of twenty eighteen-story (technically sixteen-story, since the lobbies are the 2nd floors and there are no 13th floors) apartment towers covers 40 acres (162,000 m²) and currently houses over 14,000 people. The development is part of Queens Community Board 4. Once home to a large Jewish community, Lefrak City, since the late 1980s has become largely African-American. The late 1990s also saw an increase in Russian immigrants and immigrants from other former Soviet republics.
The development is also served by playgrounds, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, a post office, two large office buildings, retail space, and over 3,500 parking spaces. The complex is named for its developer, Samuel J. LeFrak.
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