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Elmhurst, New York, USA - 6th St. West of Lamont Ave., Elmhurst, L.I., N.Y.

The village of Newtown was established as the town seat for the township in 1683.

Cord Meyer bought land at Broadway and Whitney Avenue in 1896. He proposed that the town be renamed "Elmhurst", meaning "a grove of elms"; in 1897, one year before Queens County was incorporated in the Greater City of New York, the town was renamed.


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6th St. West of Lamont Ave., Elmhurst, L.I., N.Y.
Elmhurst, New York, USA

6th St. West of Lamont Ave., Elmhurst, L.I., N.Y.
East Elmhurst and Flushing Bay
Elmhurst, New York, USA

East Elmhurst and Flushing Bay
Sixth Street, looking South
Elmhurst, New York, USA

Sixth Street, looking South

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1652 - Middenburgh is established
The village was established in 1652 by the Dutch as Middenburgh (Middleburgh) and was a suburb of New Amsterdam (Nieuw Amsterdam) in the colony of New Netherland (Nieuw Nederland).
1664 - Middleburgh is renamed New Town
When the British took over New Netherland in 1664, they renamed Middleburgh as New Town (Nieuwe Stad) to maintain a connection to the Dutch heritage. This was eventually simplified to Newtown.
1854 - Newtown
Newtown, a post-township of Queen's CO., N. Y., on the East river. Population, 7208. Newtown, a post-village in the above town ship, about 150 miles 8. from Albany. It has several churches, and perhaps 100 dwellings.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Newtown
Newtown, a post-township of Queens co, N.Y., is bounded on the N.E. by Long Island Sound, on the W. by the city of Brooklyn, and on the N.W. by the East River. It contains villages named Corona, Maspeth, Columbusville, Glendale, Melvina, Newtown, and Ravenswood. It is intersected by the Long Island and Flushing & North Side Railroads. Pop. in 1880, 9804; in 1890, 17,549.

Newtown, or Newtownville, a post-village in Newtown township, Queens co., N.Y., on the Flushing 4 North Side Railroad, 5 miles from Hunter's Point, and about 7 miles E. of New York City. It has a bank, and several churches and fine residences.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1897 - Newtown is renamed Elmhurst
2023 - Elmhurst is a vibrant neighborhood in Queens, New York, known for its diverse community and rich cultural offerings. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Elmhurst:
Queens Center Mall:

Start your visit with some shopping at Queens Center Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in Queens. It's home to a wide range of stores, from popular brands to specialty shops.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park:

Take a short trip to nearby Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, where you can enjoy outdoor activities, visit the Queens Museum, and explore iconic landmarks like the Unisphere.

Louis Armstrong House Museum:

Immerse yourself in the world of jazz at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. This historic site was the home of legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong and is filled with memorabilia from his life.

SriPraPhai Thai Restaurant:

Experience the diverse culinary scene of Elmhurst by dining at SriPraPhai, a renowned Thai restaurant known for its authentic and delicious dishes.

Terraza 7:

If you're a fan of live music, check out Terraza 7, a cool venue that hosts live performances ranging from jazz and Latin music to open mic... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Elmhurst, New York, USA

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male ancestorThomas LAWRENCE (8 March 1620, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, England - 1703, Elmhurst, New York, USA (Newtown)*)
female ancestorSarah WOOLSEY? (8 March 1650, Flushing, New York, USA - 18 August 1734, Elmhurst, New York, USA (Newtown)*)
male ancestorBenjamin Wright HALLETT (1785, Elmhurst, New York, USA (Newtown)* - 28 November 1837, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA (Southport) (Greenfield Hill))

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