Telling the story of one of the Most Important Roads In Maspeth & Middle Village: Our Neighborhood, The Way it Was


Eliot Avenue isn’t as old as some of Queens’ most historic roadways, but for a time in the 20th century, it was one of the borough’s most important thoroughfares.

The oldest segment of the two-mile roadway stretches about a half-mile from Metropolitan Avenue to Mount Olivet Crescent. The remainder of the roadway, from Mount Olivet Crescent to Queens Boulevard, wouldn’t open until 1938, just a few months before the opening of the 1939-40 World’s Fair in what’s now known as Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Continue Reading ›

The Other Queens Subway To The World’s Fair: Our Neighborhood, The Way it Was

Photo courtesy of Queens Library Digital Archives
Photo courtesy of Queens Library Digital Archives
The World’s Fair Railroad running through an area that is now the Van Wyck Expressway.

Old Timer’s Note — We’re indebted this week to Joseph Raskin, one of the city’s foremost transit historians and former MTA director of governmental relations, for this week’s story about the World’s Fair IND, a special subway line in Queens during the 1939-40 World’s Fair.

Two World’s Fairs have been held on the grounds of what is now Flushing Meadows Corona Park, in 1939-40 and 1964-65. Given their continuing service past the park (and possibly helped by a catchy song advertising subway service to the 1964-65 Fair), most people will think that public transit access to the Fairs came only from the still-existing services to the north of the park, MTA New York City Transit’s Flushing Line along Roosevelt Avenue and the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington Line.

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World’s Fair History Walking Tour – FREE


Sure, you know the New York State Pavilion, but did you know it’s just steps from two time capsules scheduled to be opened in five thousand years?  Or that NYC’s second-oldest antiquity is nearby under a tree? Continue Reading ›