Southeastern Queens: Rosedale

Rosedale is a working class neighborhood, primarily African American and Carribean and is located on the border of Queens & Nassau County. Back in the 1970’s Rosedale was a hotbed of racial tension. The community back then was almost mainly white, (Italian, Irish & Jewish) and resisted accepting black families into the neighborhood. There was a real estate referral service R.O.A.R (Return Our American Rights) created to keep Rosedale white.

Pictured is the Rosedale Veterans Memorial Marker located on Sunrise Highway. The Rosedale Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the first one erected in New York City.

Mario’s Pizzeria located on Francis Lewis Boulevard has for the last 30 years made one of Queens best slices.

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