Northwestern Queens: Lefrak City

Lefrak City is a mixed working class apartment development founded by Samuel LeFrak in 1960, in Corona, Queens. Lefrak City borders Junction Blvd, 57th Ave, 99th Street & the Long Island Expressway. The complex has 20 buildings and houses approximately 16,000 people. Each building is named by a different country. In the late 1970’s drugs flooded the complex and changed the idea of LeFrak City as a luxury living alternative to Manhattan. Today the complex however is experiencing a resurgence.

Pictured are the Argentina & Colombia towers located off the Horace Harding Expressway. The Argentina & Colombia tower were erected in 1963.

At the age of 14, LeFrak City native Kenny Anderson was considered one of the best basketball prospects from the New York City, ever.

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