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Pictures dated c. 1901, 1940 and 2007
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View from the Cornfield
In the early 1900's, the section of North Richmond Hill surrounding today's 116th Street and Metropolitan Avenue was a cornfield. In the top picture, the photographer is standing in that cornfield looking south over the Village of Richmond Hill. The street running off into the distance was Walnut Street, known today as 116th Street. The arrow indicates the Richmond Hill High School. The bottom picture, taken from a slightly different perspective, shows the changes that took place in just 40 years.
Circa 1901 picture from the Lucy Ballenas Collection courtesy of Carl Ballenas
1940 picture courtesy of the Queens Borough Public Library, Long Island Division, Illustrations Collection - Kew Gardens.
116th Street at Metropolitan Avenue
Village of Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill High School