Photos of Elmhurst, Queens

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The Real McDowells from "Coming to America"

Photo (c) John Roleke
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Newtown High School

Newtown High School
Photo (c) John Roleke

Newtown High School's building opened its doors in its present form in 1921, back when high schools were built to last and inspire. The Flemish Renaissance Revival-style turret is visible throughout the neighborhood and gives the school it's slogan: "We Tower Above the Rest."

Newtown High School is at 48-01 90th Street, Elmhurst, New York 11373, 718-595-8400. See the school's official website.

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Who Needs Grass When You Got Corn?

A cornfield front yard in Elmhurst
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Queens Boulevard Traffic

Queens Boulevard
Photo (c) John Roleke

Maybe you hate it, but you can't ignore Queens Boulevard as a useful hub through western and central Queens. The mega-lane road is sometimes confused with a highway by folks from gentler climes.

Queens Boulevard is at its most congested often around the Queens Center Mall area (and extended shopping district) near where it meets the Long Island Expressway.

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Elmhurst's Jamaica Savings Bank

Elmhurst's Jamaica Savings Bank
Photo (c) John Roleke

The former branch of the Jamaica Savings Bank in Elmhurst is known for its sweeping modern-design, from 1968. It now houses a North Fork Bank.

Behind the bank is the circular Queens Place Mall. A block away is the larger Queens Center Mall.

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Broadway at Queens Boulevard

Broadway at Queens Boulevard
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Apartment Buildings Along Broadway

Apartment buildings in Elmhurst
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Reformed Church of Newtown

Reformed Church of Newtown
Photo (c) John Roleke

The Reformed Church of Newtown, once known as the Reformed Dutch Church of Newtown, dates its present building to 1832. The congregation's first church on the spot was founded in 1731 by Dutch immigrants.

Sundays now include Taiwanese, Mandarin (Chinese), and "multicultural" English services.

  • Reformed Church of Newtown 85-15 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY, 718-592-4466
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Moore Homestead Park

Moore Homestead Park
Photo (c) John Roleke

Moore Homestead Park is at Broadway and 83rd Street in the heart of Elmhurst. The 2-acre, asphalt-blacktop park is the stomping grounds of both teenagers on the basketball and handball courts, and older men hunched over games of chess and "xiangqi" or Chinese chess.

The park was previously known as the Elmhurst Playground. It's current name honors the Moore family homestead that once stood on the spot. Reverend John Moore arranged the purchase of Newtown (now Elmhurst) from Native Americans in the mid-1600s. His family home built in 1661 stood on the land until 1933.

The most famous Moore to live in the house was Clement Clarke Moore, the author of the Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," better known as "Twas the Night before Christmas." Although Moore grew up in the Elmhurst house, he did not live there when he penned the famous poem in 1822.

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Houses in Elmhurst

homes in Elmhurst
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Geeta Temple

Geeta Temple
Photo (c) John Roleke

Geeta Temple stands out a bit on a somewhat industrial stretch of Elmhurst along Corona Avenue. The facade is striking, at once ornate and clear.

  • Geeta Temple, 92-09 Corona Ave, Elmhurst, NY, 718-592-2925
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A Growing Chinatown in Elmhurst

Chinatown in Elmhurst
Photo (c) John Roleke

The commercial district in Elmhurst along Broadway, especially near Whitney Avenue, is the home of a growing number of Asian and Southeast Asian businesses and restaurants. The greater Elmhurst neighborhood is one of the most diverse places in Queens, but most visible on the blocks along Broadway are shops catering to Thais, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesians, and other immigrants from East and Southeast Asia.

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Boca Juniors Argentinean Steakhouse in Elmhurst

Boca Juniors Argentinean Steakhouse
Photo (c) John Roleke

Boca Juniors Argentinean Steakhouse is named for Boca Juniors, one of the most popular soccer clubs in Buenos Aires. Essentially, the steakhouse is a theme restaurant, draped in the team's blue and yellow.

  • Boca Juniors Argentinean Steakhouse, 81-08 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst, NY, 718-429-2077
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Off Broadway Car Wash

Off Broadway Car Wash
Photo (c) John Roleke
  • Off Broadway Car Wash, 42-08 80th St, Elmhurst, NY 11373, 718-672-2121
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Sugar Club in Elmhurst

Sugar Club
Photo (c) John Roleke

Sugar Club serves up Thai snacks and videos.

  • Sugar Club, 81-20 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY, 718-565-9018
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Crazy Conjoined Houses

Crazy conjoined houses
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Row Houses

Row houses in Elmhurst
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Queens Center Mall Across Queens Boulevard

Queens Center Mall
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Street Scene in Elmhurst

Street Scene in Elmhurst
Photo (c) John Roleke
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Grand Stand Irish Pub and Restaurant

Grand Stand Irish Pub
Photo (c) John Roleke
  • Grand Stand Irish Pub and Restaurant - 85-35 Grand Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373, 718-478-9633
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Thai Buddhist Temple in Elmhurst, Queens

Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Vanaram
Photo (c) John Roleke

Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Vanaram is the main Thai Buddhist Temple in New York City. Twice a year the temple hosts festivals -- like Royal Karin in November -- where the public is invited to join the Thai community for a meal.

The temple is another striking example of religious architecture in the neighborhood. The eye-catching top is especially riveting amongst the multi-family homes and small apartment buildings on the street. The base of the building, however, is a fairly standard brick rectangle.

Don't be too surprised that you can find many of the New York's best Thai restaurants within a short distance of the temple.

  • Wat Buddha Thai Thavorn Vanaram, 76-16 46th Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373, 718-803-9881
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Jain Temple in Elmhurst

Jain Temple in Elmhurst
Photo (c) John Roleke

One of the first Jain temples in the United States, the Jain Center of America fits snuggly on Ithaca Street, amongst co-op buildings and across the street from St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

First a one room temple, in 2005 it expanded into a 16,600 square foot temple, with worship for all five Jain sects. The architecture is surprising, yet in many ways like a lot of new buildings in Elmhurst and across Queens. Imagine a plain facade, and it could be a "Fedders"-style building. It's very well exectuted, and a must for fans of urban architecture.

  • Jain Center of America, New York, 43-11 Ithaca St, Elmhurst, NY 11373, 718-478-9141 - website
  • Introduction to Jainism (
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St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Elmhurst

St. Bartholomew's
Photo (c) John Roleke

St. Bartholomew's in Elmhurst is part of the Brooklyn Archdiocese of the Catholic Church. The original church building opened in 1910; it's now a chapel behind the main church. The main church seen in the photo opened about 1930.

The bell tower peeks out above much of the surrounding neighborhood. It's a beautiful brick building.

The St. Bartholomew parochial school is behind the church.

  • St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church, 43-22 Ithaca St, Elmhurst, NY 11373, 718-424-5400
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