Northeastern Queens: Murray Hill

Murray Hill is a small middle class neighborhood within Flushing. Before 1889, Murray Hill was previously home to many large tree nurseries owned by the Murray, Parsons & King families. That is why today the neighborhood has street names like Ash, Beech, & Cherry.

Pictured is the Kingsland Homestead located on 37th Ave. Built in 1774, this farmhouse is considered one of the oldest private residences in Queens. The building reached landmark status in 1965. In 1968, it was moved from its original location by Northern Boulevard to its current location in Weeping Beech Park.

On November 3, 2009, Murray Hill native John C. Liu became the first Asian American elected to a city-wide office when he became New York City Comptroller.

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