Pictures dated c. 1920
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The Kew Gardens Country Club
The Kew Gardens Cinema
and the Kew Gardens Post Office stand on the site of the former Kew Gardens Country Club
. The Club House faced Lefferts Boulevard
at the southeasterly corner of Austin Street. In back of the Club House
and extending down Austin Street were tennis courts.
The first image is taken from the Country Club's letterhead. The engraving gives some idea of how the Lefferts Boulevard bridge
looked before the stores went up on both sides
. It also shows how open the surrounding area then was, without all the homes, buildings and trees we have become accustomed to today.
The second image shows people relaxing alongside the tennis courts. In the right background, houses can be seen on the east side of Mowbray Drive, and there is an empty lot on the west side of Lefferts Boulevard north of Austin Street. The Mowbray
and Kew Plaza aprtments occupy that space today.
The third image shows a game of tennis in progress on what is today the site of the
Kew Gardens Post Office
. The Long Island Railroad tracks are off to the right. Beyond the tennis courts is the future site of the Texas Apartments
If you have pictures of yourself showing any Kew Gardens locale in the background, email me high resolution jpegs and I will post them here as space permits.
To download a copy of the Queens Courier's
Sept. 2003 article about Old Kew Gardens.com, click on one of the following links. Turn off your browser's auto-resize if the JPEG text appears too small to read.
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