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Award-winning journalist and former Queens resident Copquin explores the fascinating history behind the 99 neighborhoods of Queens in this third installment of Yale's "Neighborhoods of New York City" series (which also includes John B. Manbeck's The Neighborhoods of Brooklynand The Encyclopedia of New York City, ed. by Kenneth T. Jackson). Copquin's book, with an informative introduction by Jackson, is both a loving tribute to one of the oldest areas of settlement in America and a practical guide for anyone wishing to navigate this most ethnically diverse of U.S. counties. Each section covers a particular neighborhood, in alphabetical order, and includes a map, a neighborhood profile-complete with local bus stops, subway lines, and libraries-and a concise historical background. For example, the entry on Elmhurst, one of the first established towns in Queens, covers the neighborhood by discussing a historical landmark-Elmhurst Hospital was the nation's second public hospital in 1832-and describing Elmhurst's evolution into an area now home to an impressive array of nationalities. Throughout, photographs detail both the past and the present of the county and its many gems. Following the neighborhood entries are an impressively detailed timeline, going from ca. 70000 B.C.E. to 2007, and census statistics, from 2000, for each neighborhood. Recommended for sizable travel and/or history collections in most libraries.