Fresh Meadows is a residential neighborhood in the northeastern section of the New York City borough of Queens. What was once a farm town, Fresh Meadows in North Eastern Queens is home to St. John’s University, and has historically been home to one of New York City’s most thriving Jewish communities, with the Jewish population at around 60%. In 2003, the Klein Farm, located at 73rd Avenue and 195th Street, dating back to 1895 and was one of the last of the working farms in Fresh Meadows, was sold to Real Estate developers. It had been one of the four remaining farms left in New York City, and the last three are all located in Queens County.
The neighborhood has historically and traditionally been home to one of New York City’s most notable Jewish communities. Fresh Meadow’s streets are abound with Capes, colonials and Tudors, but there are also blocks lined with attached brick row homes too. Today, there is an increasing presence of younger Asian American and Colombian American families, Israeli Americans, Bukharian Jewish families, and West Indian Americans living in the neighborhood.
Fresh Meadows is located in the south part of Flushing and is bordered to the north by the Horace Harding Expressway, to the west by Pomonok and the sub-neighborhood of Hillcrest, to the east by Cunningham Park, and to the south by Union Turnpike and St. John’s University. Fresh Meadows is located in Queens Community District 8 and its ZIP Codes are 11365 and 11366. Although Fresh Meadows lacks subways, the QM1 and the QM1A express buses reach Midtown in about an hour.
Francis Lewis Boulevard and Cunningham Park border Fresh Meadows to the East, 358-acre Cunningham Park is on the southeastern corner, while to the South, Union Turnpike borders it. The North is bordered by Kissena Park and 53rd Avenue, and the West is bordered by 164th Street. In Fresh Meadows there are a diverse array of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Shopping is located along Union Turnpike, and 188th Street and Horace Harding Expressway. The 358-acre Cunningham Park defines its eastern border. In addition to the park’s athletic and recreational offerings, annual events have also included appearances by the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and the Big Apple Circus.
It neighbors are Jamaica Hills and Jamaica Estates to the south, Briarwood and Kew Gardens Hills to the west, and Pomonok, Utopia, and greater Fresh Meadows to the north and east. It is mostly made up of single-family homes, is in a relatively well-off public school district, and has a low crime rate.
The sub-section of the Fresh Meadows community of Hillcrest is a small residential neighborhood in the center of Queens. Its name comes from its location on the hills between Flushing and Jamaica. Hillcrest stretches from the Grand Central Parkway to 73rd Avenue, between Utopia Parkway and Parsons Boulevard. Its main commercial street is Union Turnpike.
Utopia, another sub-section of Fresh Meadows is a middle-class neighborhood is located in the southeastern part of Fresh Meadows, bordered by Utopia Parkway to the west, 188th Street to the east, Union Turnpike to the south, and 73rd Avenue to the north. Utopia primarily consists of houses and tree-lined streets.