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Richmond Hill evolved after the Civil War on land where orchards once blossomed and cattle once grazed. Nestled in the shadow of New York City, it is one of the city's first planned communities. The Victorian era saw the construction of Queen Anne-style mansions, and the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 brought expansion and increased traffic. Soon, newspapers began boasting about the many parks, grassy lawns, tasteful homes, and proud residents heralding a promising ...
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Overview

Richmond Hill evolved after the Civil War on land where orchards once blossomed and cattle once grazed. Nestled in the shadow of New York City, it is one of the city's first planned communities. The Victorian era saw the construction of Queen Anne-style mansions, and the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 brought expansion and increased traffic. Soon, newspapers began boasting about the many parks, grassy lawns, tasteful homes, and proud residents heralding a promising future.

Richmond Hill contains more than two hundred vintage photographs to illustrate the unique history of the community. The oldest eatery in Queens, the Hofbrau Restaurant, was the favorite hangout of Mae West, Babe Ruth, and many others. Baseball great Phil Rizzuto made Richmond Hill his home, as did the Marx Brothers, author Ameila Edith Barr, and photojournalist Jacob Riis. Important political events took place in Richmond Hill, such as the newly rediscovered address made in 1903 by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, as well as cultural milestones, such as the composition of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" at the Hofbrau Restaurant. Richmond Hill includes these and countless other stories that make up its rich, unique history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738510316
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Longtime Richmond Hill residents Carl Ballenas and Nancy Cataldi have lovingly crafted this tribute to the history of Richmond Hill. Ballenas is a local historian and schoolteacher, and Cataldi is a photographer and president of the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    finally found it

    my family has been in business in this community for over 25 years.i have met many people that grew up here,some in there 90's.with all the great stories they have told me about richmond hill,I had to do some researh.This book has proved them right.plus great p

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    Richmond Hill

    This is a book written with passion and history of Richmond Hill, NY. All images, photographs, postcards are excellant. It should be read by a lot of New York City residents who would like to know where they came from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2002

    A wonderful collection of history!

    You can see the hard work and thought that went into this book...interesting information,so much history, crisp photographs and the pictures of Jacob and Elisabeth Riis were so well put together...that was my favorite part of the book.Richmond Hill is worth reading even if you have no attachment to it..the R.K.O. Keith's, the Traingle Hofbrau, Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor and all the gorgeous Victorian homes and tree lined streets! Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    Richmond Hill

    This is a book of many treasures. This book shows great insight into the era and persons that inhabited Richmond Hill. It is a gold mine of pictures and postcards of invaluable status for anyone familiar with the area. This book is a must read for all persons interested in Queens and its vast array of neighborhoods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    A Great Historical Work!

    The book Richmond Hill, by Carl Ballenas and Nancy Cataldi is a brilliant work made with such love and devotion. It brought back to life a time period long forgotten. We can learn a lot from this book. The pictures tell a thousand stories and the captions are both informative and some are very humorous. What an inventive idea! One of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    Excellent source

    This book is a treasure chest of historical photographs and picture postcards of old Richmond Hill, NY. Excellent both for amateur historians and for residents who are interested in how their community began.

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