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  This Map partly illustrates the location of Richmond Hill, in the Borough of Queens, NY. Note where Myrtle and Jamaica Aves. meet, this is the famed "triangle" which has been the community's main thoroughfare right from the birth of Richmond Hill to today's present time

Richmond Hill is presently borderd by Kew Gardens to the North, Jamaica to the East, Ozone Park to the South, Woodhaven to the West, Glendale and Forest Hills to the Northwest.

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Zip Code: 11418, 11419
Area Code: 718
PO: Richmond Hill (NY) Population (1990): 29,382

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Quick Facts for Richmond Hill, NY

The formation of Richmond Hill came about as a result of the 1869 purchase of the Lefferts and Welling farms by one Albon Platt Man, a prominent New York attorney. 

The town name 'Richmond Hill' is either from a town in England or it might be inspired by an architect of the time named Edward Richmond. (Incidentally, Richmond Hill was the name given to the 138 foot hill which stands north of Metropolitan Ave. on 116th Street where a water tank now stands. It was part of the terminal morain, a huge mass of dirt and boulders pushed up by the last glacier, which covered four million square miles of North America and finally terminated on the middle of Long Island about 10,000 years ago.)

The town's first dwelling, said to have been the Kessler house erected in 1869, was quickly joined by homes on Myrtle and Central Avenues (now 85th Ave.), Elm St. (now 114th St.) and Oak Street (now 115th St.) A few of these houses can still be seen today; most have been remodeled, but they retain several distinguishing charachteristics such as mansard roofs and wraparound porches belonging in that style known as Queen Anne Victorian.

  • 1872- Richmond Hill's first Post Office
  • 1872- Public School #8 opened until 1888
  • 1873- Church of the Resurrection was built
  • 1875- Richmond Hill cemetery was built
  • 1887- Richmond Hill's first electric trolley
  • 1894- Richmond Hill's Forest Park created
  • 1895- Richmond Hill Police Force started
  • 1897- Richmond Hill becomes Greater NY
  • 1899- Richmond Hill Free Library
  • 1900- Richmond Hill High School was built
  • 1900- Richmond Hill's population- 4,000
  • 1906- Richmond Hill Sewer System started
  • 1907- Richmond Hill's first paid Fire Dept.
  • 1910- Richmond Hill's first Nickelodeon
  • 1917- Elevated train line on Jamaica Ave.
  • 1921- Richmond Hill Savings Bank opened
  • 1923- Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor opened
  • 1950- Richmond Hill becomes municipality
  • 1972- Richmond Hill's Centennial celebration
  • 1997- Greater New York Centennial

  • Special Recognition to William Krooss Author/Illustrator for his invaluable book entitled,
    "A Peek at Richmond Hill Through the Keyhole of Time"
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