BY YVETTE BROWN
During colonial times, the Village was once called Little Plains because of its treeless nature and plain to the west that extended towards Wantagh. In 1824, several small businesses opened up along Springfield Boulevard. They were all opened by Thomas Brush, who ended up naming the community Brushville. About 30 years later, the residents of the town voted to change it to Queens, after the county it was in. After major developments and a railroad station several years later, the Long Island Rail Road included “Village” to the station name to lessen confusion between the county and the neighborhood, and the community went along with it, making the official name Queens Village.
Queens Village is mostly known for being the location where young families can own their own homes. The neighborhood is affordable and relaxing enough for retirement as well. They’re also a neighborhood with significantly lower property taxes than Long Island, even though it’s just west of Nassau. The community hasn’t changed much since the 1920s, when most of the houses were built in modest rows and they were built to help the working class who were eager to leave the city.
Queens Village was once home to the Creedmoor Rifle Range, which was established in 1873, and it hosted a lot of regional, national and international competitions. This allowed for room to build the Creedmoor Range Hotel along with the Creedmoor Club House and Pavilion – it served as headquarters for the National Rifle Association.
Now all of those buildings are gone and the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center stands where the rifle range once did. And even though Creedmoor holds a Queens Village zip code, it stands in Bellerose. Within Queens Village is an area called Bellaire, which once attracted shooting enthusiasts into the neighborhood because of its National Pigeon Shooter Association in 1899.
The community was once filled with the majority being German, Italian and Irish families, now this community is a melting pot housing Hispanics, Asians, Indians and others, with the majority being African Americans. It is considered to be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the county.
Shopping centers and entertainment can be found along Jamaica Avenue, Springfield Boulevard and Hillside Avenue.