"[T]here are nearly a score of hamlets [in western Queens] which are centers of population and business. These [include] Richmond Hill. . . . In several of the cases, it appears that good farms have been spoiled to lay out streets which are not used, and to make building lots which have been left to become useless commons."
History of Queens County, N.Y., p. 359 (W.W. Munsell & Co. 1882).