Lindenwood, Queens, New York City
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Lindenwood is a section of Howard Beach, Queens, New York was developed in the 1950s and 1960s and sits on landfilled land. It is primarily made up of seven-story, orange or red-brick apartment buildings, constructed in the early to mid-1960s, smaller co-op "garden-apartments" (4-unit red-brick buildings) constructed in the 1950s, and seen from the Belt Parkway, and two family homes (some attached) built in the 1960s. The "hi-rise" apartment buildings are co-op (red bricks) or condominiums (orange brick). Heritage House East and West (84-39 & 84-29 153rd Ave) were among the first condominium apartment buildings in New York State. Additional townhouses, near the Brooklyn border, were built in the 1970s and 90s.
In the middle of the neighborhood is Elementary School P.S. 232, built in the early 1960s (and now known as the Walter Ward school, named after the neighborhood's late longtime NYC Councilman) and the Lindenwood Shopping Center, which consists of a supermarket and about 20 some odd stores. In the early 1970s, a second supermarket called the Village was located behind the shopping center. After failing, the building became a mall, flea market, bingo hall and private school before finally becoming a walk in medical center. There is also a second small strip mall on Linden Boulevard, adjacent to the Lindenwood Diner.
Lindenwood currently has no temples or churches, though it use to have the Jewish reform congregation, Temple Judea, on 153rd Ave & 80th Street. The temple's building was converted into apartments when the temple merged with the then Howard Beach Jewish Center in Rockwood Park. The neighborhood also used to have two pool clubs, one on 88th Street & 151Ave, that became walk up apartments in the early 70s and another across from 232 that was developed in 1980, and is now occupied by a branch of Queens County Savings Bank, and a tennis "bubble" on 153rd Ave & 79st, that was also developed around 1980.
It contrasts with Rockwood Park, which is primarily filled with single-family houses and is seen as being more upscale than Lindenwood.
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