Southeastern Queens: Addisleigh Park

Addisleigh Park is a small historical landmark district located within the town of St. Albans. Established in the late 1900’s by white entrepreneurs Edward C. Brown, Gerald C. English, and Alexander Rodman. These developers restricted the sale of their properties to blacks in this area. The shift occurred in the emergence of the Swing Era in the late 1940’s which attracted many jazz musicians.

Pictured is the former home of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Located at 175-9 Linden Boulevard, this house is considered the crown jewel of Addisleigh Park.

The greatest baseball player ever, Babe Ruth moved out of Addisleigh Park in the late 1930’s.

The History section is in collaboration with Steve Vazquez of Queenscapes.